zen

MacDonald_nightfall_half-large
January 9, 2015

NOTHING IS WORTH HOLDING ON TO

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. – Jack Kornfield It sometimes happens that I don’t publish a post because it doesn’t feel quite right. It could be the image, the direction of the content, or a vibe that there’s something else missing. The - Read More -

climber - alpine glacier
January 5, 2015

PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR

I automatically feel like it’s the new year, because my gym in L.A. is suddenly packed. Messages of “New Year, New You” are everywhere and resolutions are abundant. “New” does carry its own appeal. But just as we have a new year, new month, and new day, we also are rewarded with new moments. In a breath, we can - Read More -

anatomy of a leaf
September 15, 2014

CAUGHT UP IN FORMS

Height, weight, race, gender, hair color, eye color, hair length, clothes, address….these are all classified or observed on a simple American driver’s license. Our society is accustomed to these categorizations…and we typically take quick inventory of people that we meet to determine their classifications. And sometimes to determine if they “belong” or not. But do any - Read More -

the passage of light
August 6, 2014

A BEAUTIFUL ILLUSION

The master had preached for many years that life was but an illusion. Then, when his son died, he wept. His students came to him and said, “Master, how can you weep so when you have told us so many times that all things in this life are an illusion?” “Yes,” said the master, wiping - Read More -

streets of edinburgh
May 16, 2014

ALL IN THE MIND

“To search for enlightenment or nirvana beyond this mind is impossible.” – Bodhidharma This quote reminds me of one of my first posts and favorite stories that illustrates there is no place that God is not. Searching for God outside of ourselves never works because we are the common element no matter where we go. We - Read More -

neuschwanstein_castle_germany_winter
April 18, 2014

A MAN LOST HIS AX

A man lost his ax and believed his neighbor’s son had stolen it. The more he thought about it the more convinced he became, and every time he saw the boy his manner and expressions made his guilt beyond doubt. Then the man came across the ax when he cleared out his manure pit. When - Read More -

feeling tired
March 29, 2014

FEELING TIRED

It’s almost 1am…I am in my hometown of Austin…and I had the realization that it’s been weeks since I wrote a post! Since my last post, I’ve been to Ohio, New Jersey, New York, briefly LA, El Paso, and now Austin!! I’m tired but still very happy that I’ve been able to see family and friends throughout - Read More -

zen calligraphy
March 15, 2014

ZEN IS NOW

I woke up with the thought that “Zen is now”….that peace is now. I’ve found myself rushing around a bit lately…anxious to get from one appointment to the next….missing the flow of life and being driven by a schedule. I hate that feeling. I think this happens to us all. When I catch myself, I have to - Read More -

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