I asked a wise friend if loss would change me--I felt I could descend into this cave if I knew I would later crawl out into sunlight bearing a small treasure. He said without a doubt it would.
A year later, it's becoming clear to me what he meant. Loss unfolds you.
Kind of like the agave plant…Continue
“Even if the sun comes up in the West, the bodhisattva has only one way.”
Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind
One of our ritual practices in the Hawaii retreat is to make an early morning pilgrimage three miles up the road from the retreat center to the overlook to the Kalaupapa peninsula, the site of the leper colony on Molokai. We…Continue
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Yesterday I visited the Zen group at Live Oak, where they had asked me to say a bit about lovingkindness practice. Here are the reflections I shared.
Sharon Salzberg and many others have made the term lovingkindness well-known in spiritual circles. There are books, CDs, workshops, online trainings, and even research in psychology, economics, and other fields about the benefits of lovingkindness. Lovingkindness in Buddhist practice is one of the four…Continue
These are the quotes and practice questions that I used in the November 13 Inquiry session at Appamada.
“The Buddha described the dharma as 'going against the stream.' As long as one swims with the current of a river, one remains unaware of it. But if one chooses to turn against it, suddenly it is revealed as a powerful, discomforting force. The 'stream' refers to the accumulated habits of conditioning. The practice of dharma means to turn around midstream, to observe…Continue
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