Category: Dharma Journal

Still

I recently watched a movie about Michael J. Fox and his journey with Parkinson’s Disease. Fox describes his experience with the tremors and inability to become still. He realized this was the theme of...

Arid Aria

Today the sun is unencumbered by clouds and the spacious sky is the color of blue flax from horizon to horizon. Winds are barely perceptible but for a few exhales urging sparse foliage into...

The Dakini’s Warm Breath

We are studying A Dakini’s Counsel by Sera Khandro Dewai Dorje during our Wednesday evening practices. This is a rarity in the dharma book realm. Sera Khandro was a rarity herself having left home...

Hidden Opening

We created a small native plant garden in the side yard of our home. It is a wonderful expression of how desert plants require very little to survive. The plants do not like too...

Ancient Eyes

He is 96 years old and he moves uneasily in halting steps at the edge of a field of wildflowers. We meet him at Big Summit Prairie during one of our pilgrimages to a...

A Perfect Heart

I almost do not want to drink this cup of perfectly prepared matcha tea with oat milk. It was lovingly created by one of the baristas, a woman I count among my cafe friends....

Already There

I am traveling into the sun toward the Dharma Center and notice a streak of light in the distance. It is the sun’s reflection on the snowfields high on the Three Sisters mountains. I...

Veins of Gold

On our second trip to the Painted Hills this year we are witness to another botanical miracle. The golden bee plant (Cleome platycarpa) and John Day chaenactis (Chaenactis nevii) are experiencing a super bloom....

Homeodynamic

As I experience the aging process, I naturally have more specialists among my care givers. I now have a cardiologist for the fist time in my 71 years. Unfortunately for him, he has to...

Seeing Clearly

Residing in Central Oregon for 45 years, I have observed the population growth with a bit of dismay. When I moved here, only about 16,000 folks called Bend home and now the estimates hover...