Author: Michael Stevens

Flowering Wisdom

A profusion of white flowers growing along the highway entices us to pull over and investigate. The plant getting our attention is Sweet Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus). It likes to grow where it can have...

Heartstrings of Presence

A masked man sits on one of the stacking chairs at the vaccine center after receiving his second shot. His back is against the wall far away from those in line to get inoculated....

Treasures

I was surprised to receive the gift of a Dudjom lineage treasure vase for my birthday. It was bestowed by the good heart of a sangha member. This particular vessel was created based on...

Wiggly Dharma

Some folks still believe the world is flat. I am convinced the construction industry is in this camp. Right now I am passing by a site platted for new homes. The area is mostly...

Digital Karma

I am getting ready for a Google Meet connection with Redmond High School to offer a presentation on Buddhism for a World Religion class. I get a dialog box that my browser is incompatible....

Leaning Into the Dream

In Buddhism, we are taught to view life as a kind of dream. The practice of dream yoga can help us do this through the process of lucidly recognizing dreams during sleep. We ‘wake...

Horsefeathers

I am looking out my living room window and notice feathers dropping from above. They float down from a juniper tree located near our bird feeder. When I walk outside and look up into...

Food for Thought

I watched a program on public broadcasting exploring the ideas of philosophy relating to food. Many ancient traditions look at food as medicine and the aesthetics of taste. How we discover our relationship with...

New Habit

Losar, the Tibetan Lunar New Year, began on February 12. The celebration continues for fifteen days during which all activities are multiplied by 100,000 times. Traditional Tibetan New Year preparations include deep cleaning of...

Reclamation: Holy Crap!

Two small lakes occupy space in the desert on the outskirts of Bend. They are a haven for waterfowl and associated wildlife. Ironically, they would not exist if it were not for our habit...