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September 29, 2017

2 days ago, on the 7th day of Navaratri, I was listening to the daily recitation that I often listen to before I meditate. I can’t believe it, but I heard something that had never really sunk in for me before. I have listened to this recitation tens of thousands of tim...

September 7, 2017

I know a lot of you are losing your shit. I REALLY know. Not only are climate-change induced natural disasters causing tragedies world-wide, insanity-stricken politicians like our own Orangeness are creating massive havoc in the lives of already vulnerable populations...

August 3, 2017

In my sangha, where I practice, part of the daily recollection is reminding ourselves that the purpose of our practice is to wake up and end suffering.

There's an interesting Zen mind tweak happening in there -- because if we focus only on ending suffering - there is no...

August 1, 2017

The human mind;

pulsing, sweating, striving,

outdoing itself

writhes against what is, even its own is-ness,

scrambles against change.

The tides

nonetheless

rise and fall, come and go,

as breath does,

in suchness.

The tides are still, even in their undulations,

watching all the co...

February 2, 2017

This is a fustercluck the likes of which we've never seen, here on US soil, though some would argue that it's always been this way - just depends on your vantage point. Anyhow, the stage has been set perfectly, and perhaps it's true that this upset will serve as a purg...

January 17, 2017

I taught a workshop today on Restorative Yoga and Meditation. I teach this sort of thing because I believe pretty unequivocally that spiritual practice is the core of the inner evolution that will lead to social justice, peace, and environmental protection.

We disc...

November 15, 2016

Today's little message from me to myself.

Focus on the solution, not the problem.

No matter what your life is presenting to you at this moment, remember what the buddha taught:

The mind is the forerunner of all things. 
With our thoughts, we make the world.

Remember what t...

November 10, 2016

I dreamt about Obama last night. A good bye dream. It was a happy dream; somebody's birthday. But it was me mourning him. We have our disagreements, he and I (fracking and defense related) but man, I do love him today. I didn't love everything he did, but I loved HIM....

October 31, 2016

I love and hate Halloween. With all of it's spookiness and creative frivolity, which I ADORE, it is still such a placid, underachieving, superficial, folksy holiday, with little memory of its roots. 

Dear Halloween in America,

  Pull yourself together. You spent 8.5...

October 25, 2016

Woke up in Cuba at 5am in the morning on Friday. There was a bit of flight havoc, in that our flight out of Santiago was delayed 12 hours and we would have (obviously) missed our connecting flight in Miami. Gabriel did a little magical combination of charming and bribi...

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