The Sunlight of Awareness

“The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty, “ taught Mother Teresa.  “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” Every year in Japan, the ancestors are remembered and hungry ghosts are fed in a ritual called Oban.  I once experienced a Western Soto Zen version of this practice, including among theContinue reading “The Sunlight of Awareness”

India, Part II

After the Gandhi 3.0 retreat ended, a small group of us visited an Indian village where people live as most people have always lived, cooking over fires, working very hard for food and water, dependent on the help of oxen and camels other animals, dependent on the help of God and each other.  My friendsContinue reading “India, Part II”

Your Own Angel

“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.”  –Sri Nisaragadatta Maharaj If we take stock of things with the mind alone, the odds can seem stacked against us. The devastation of the environment, poverty, human trafficking–it can all seem overwhelming. Where to start? Recently, I took walk on a bitter cold winter day. IContinue reading “Your Own Angel”