Category: Dharma Journal

Balanced Perspective

The Deschutes River speaks of change on this last truly warm day before winter begins its icy descent. The water roars through a canyon and then softens into a quiet meander—framed by red-barked willows...

Digital Drips?

I recently heard a TED talk about “deep fakes”, videos and other digital media manipulated to fool the viewer. Computer specialists are able to put the head of someone on any body engaged in...

No Where

A grasping mind Has nothing to grasp There is no mind to find A clinging thought Is a fleeting cloud No solid thing to hold A dreamlike body Chases after form And still remains...

Turbulent and Calm

The clouds roiled and boiled, swirling into beautiful patterns of infinite shapes. Our plane descended into this momentary expression of water vapor and the wings began to vibrate, gusty wind tossing us about like...

Bodhisattva Exercise Program

Many of us who have taken the Bodhisattva vow humorously quip, “Whew, if I knew what I was signing up for, I may have made a different choice!” Of course, this is only to...

Miracles

I am checking in at the Redmond airport and sharing with the attendant the nature of my Meniere’s Disease—just in case I experience an episode while in flight. She does not know how to...

Waves and Particles

In the natural state of ease, mind watches over mind. When mind rests in this way it is called calm abiding shamatha (shiné in Tibetan). We leave the mind resting like a clear lake....

Now, Water

Springs have a particular allure for humans. Water flowing out of the ground offers life-giving water with seeming abundance, symbolizing new life and regeneration. On this first day of autumn, we are hiking to...

Church on Fire

My primary house of worship is not a house. It is not bound by walls. It is the unconfined natural world that calls me to spiritual practice. But now my spiritual home is on...

Never Helpless

When things seem to be falling apart in our perception of the world, it is not unusual to feel a bit helpless. We might feel we can do nothing to help the situation. This...