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 …

Thoughts and Butterflies

Oct 1, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thoughts and Butterflies

I am hiking near a lake in the Cascade Mountains, meandering through a maze of deep cracks in the surrounding basalt flows. The trail emerges from the rocks and climbs to a knoll the that offers a view of mountains dusted by an early fall snow. As I gaze toward the vista, my visual senseRead more …

Offering

Sep 17, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Offering

The horizon is clear on the Oregon coast today. Blue sky meets a vast gray-green ocean without a perceptible dividing line. Terns fly inches above the surf as waves roll in, gently caressing the shore with foamy fingers. My bare feet clutch at the sand like they were naturally meant to be without shoes. ColdRead more …

Spiritual Intimacy

Aug 29, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spiritual Intimacy

Our human body, mind, and emotions crave intimacy. We want to have close loving relationships. But the relationships we attract are affected by karma. Unliberated past experiences seem to surface in the context of short and long term commitments. This is good because we have an opportunity to see more clearly, liberate our karma, andRead more …