Latest articles

George Inness, The Home of the Heron, oil on canvas, 30 by 45 inches, The Art Institute of Chicago, Edward B. Butler Collection, 1893

Giving Thanks

“Today we have gathered and see that the cycles of life continue.” Adapted from the Mohawk, this Thanksgiving greeting to the world offers thanks to the People, to Mother Earth and all her plants and herbs and creatures, to the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Waters, the Four Winds, and the Teachers. In the…

Thich Nhat Hanh & Martin Luther King, June 1966

The Gift of Truth

The Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn taught people to take good care of their anger, not to push it away but to hold it with kindness, as we would a wounded child. I would encourage us all to also hold our fear and pain and everything else that arises as well. When it gets right…

Lawren Harris (Can. 1885-1970), "Beaver Swamp," Algoma, 1920, oil on canvas.

Determination

“If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted, like trees.” –Rainer Maria Rilke   One day recently I woke up with no voice, just a breathy whisper. This is challenging under ordinary circumstances but on this particular day it felt like catastrophe. I was scheduled to teach mindfulness meditation and give…

Odilon Redon, "Flower Clouds," 1903

Soft

The root meaning of heal is whole. Illness and mishap and even great tragedy can lead us eventually from the pain of isolation to a greater wholeness. There is such a powerful tendency in our spiritual aspiration to climb up out of the mess of our lives. But what if awakening involved sinking down instead…

Happy_golden_dog

On Being Your Own Comfort Dog

Suffering is impermanence. We saw this truth in a terrible way last week in the wake of the mass shooting in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We saw the stunned look on the faces of those who lost loved ones without warning, the survivors and the lost mostly young people who were enjoying an…

Lighthouse

Share the Light

The Buddha had no plans to teach after he became enlightened. Isn’t that interesting? He planned to abide peacefully and at ease. Undoubtedly he beyond pleasant when someone happened to cross paths with him. But he had no plans to try to convey the great shift that had taken place inside him. And who could…