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 a falling leaf. Turbulence was pretty intense for...

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 acknowledge that the vow is an elective course for one’s life and requires a bit of stretching....

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 enter it in the computer so she asks a succession of two other co-workers. The...

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. Maybe a wind arises and ripples begin to form. This is called movement. If we follow...

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 the headwaters of Tyee Creek. The springs that feed this...

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 fire. For obvious health reasons I cannot risk the flames and smoke to venture into my beloved...