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Down from the Mountain

I’m home from my first week of “Community Dharma Leader” training at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and I’m very glad to be home.  The rainy, cool weather in New York right now is the perfect soft balm after some scorching heat–inside as well as outside.  Since the organizers of the program understandably asked us to honor […]

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My Dharma Initiative

Tomorrow morning, I’m going to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacred, California, to join with over a hundred people from around the world who are embarking on a two-year “Community Dharma Leader Training.” (Having watched the late great TV show “Lost” with my daughter, I can’t help but think of it as the “Dharma […]

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A Class of Birds

During the last few years of his life, I paid many visits to William Segal, the painter, philosopher, and publisher.  He was the subject of a series of films by Ken Burns, which aired on PBS this past weekend, and along with Burns I regard him as a great teacher.  Segal embodied the possibility of […]

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Still Waters

Late this afternoon, after many distractions, I went down to our local lake for a swim.  Although the air was a touch cool by 5 pm, the water was warm once you got in.  Anyway, I couldn’t turn back because there was a gorgeous smiling baby girl under 1 year old being dunked by her […]