Nothing Is as It Appears

Dec 9, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nothing Is as It Appears

This morning the thermometer reads eleven degrees. Outside, the sun is making an effort to burn through fog formed in a stubborn atmospheric inversion—a condition in which cold air is trapped by a higher altitude layer of warm air. Skiers high in the mountains have warm sunny skies while we in the lowlands are shiveringRead more …

Giving Thanks

Nov 22, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving Thanks

One of the profound practices of the Buddhist tradition is to view all beings as if they were our parents in a past lifetime. We vow to repay their kindness. I am often asked how this can be beneficial for a person who is from a broken home or who had a very contentious relationshipRead more …

Repetition

Nov 11, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repetition

It is said that repetition is more powerful than truth. What we repeat to ourselves, we will believe—even if it is a lie. We currently have a social media that is based upon repeating things over and over—so we have to be careful. The lies we retweet may come back to bite us. It isRead more …

Naked Awareness

Oct 17, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Naked Awareness

I think my mom is enlightened. She has dementia. The juxtaposition of these two statements might appear rather odd, but I am quite serious—in a way. Mom is in the moment. She only responds to what is in front of her, and no traces of an event remain after she moves on to another experience.Read more …

Mystery, Words, and Las Vegas

Oct 9, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mystery, Words, and Las Vegas

The fundamental mystery of the universe cannot be reduced to words. Mystery is like that. In Buddhist teachings we come across a mysterious word: emptiness. In the Sanskrit language the word is Śūnyatā. Śūnya means “voidness” or “hollow”. Tā is a suffix, “-ness.” So, in English, we might express emptiness as a kind of “hollowness”Read more …