Tagged Mindfulness

Easter Mindfulness

Our sangha will meet this coming Easter Sunday, at the usual time. One of you has asked if we can have an Easter egg hunt, which sadly does not seem feasible. Still, it seems an auspicious time to be like a child, especially since this week will also includ Passover, celebrating liberation from bondage. Practicing…

Ivan Aivazovsky, Between the Waves, 1898

Weathering the Storm

As I write this many of us are recovering from a powerful March nor’easter or northeaster, a powerful storm with high winds that caused flooding and much damage throughout Northeast, including here in the Hudson Valley. There was no power or cable for three days in my town, and many are still without. Now I…

Nicholas Roerich, Star of the Hero (1936)

Momentary Hero

One day, you may find yourself on a journey. You never wished or planned for this. You may not define yourself as an adventurer or a seeker—and certainly not as a hero. And yet you find yourself on a quest. In the uppermost layer of your mind, in the shallow region that compares ourselves with…

Wisdom from Martin, 2018

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. This is a pretty good description of the practice of mindfulness: we offer ourselves the gift of nonjudgmental awareness. This is awareness is…

Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939), "Silence of the Water," 1895

Be an Island

“Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves….” As he lay dying, the Buddha gave this advice to his beloved disciple Ananda. Death reveals the true value and meaning of life, which can be summed up in two words: it passes. Life goes on with us or without us. When the Buddha spoke of…

Image from a Japanese scroll which describes the realm of the hungry ghosts and how to placate them. Currently housed at the Kyoto National Museum, artist unknown.

Angry Ghosts

One night when my mother was a little girl growing up in the panhandle of western Nebraska, she was driving with her father when she saw, far off in the plains, a cross burning in the middle of a circle of Klu Klux Klansmen. The sight filled her with terror. Her parents came from Denmark…