Remember How You Got Here

Remember How You Got Here

The most important thing is remembering the most important thing. ~ Zen master Suzuki Roshi ~ Bambina is my “Little Elephant.” i met Bambina when we were serendipitously placed together as roommates during study abroad in Italy. we became fast friends as...
Where the Heart Is (Part 3)

Where the Heart Is (Part 3)

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break...
Where the Heart is (Part 2)

Where the Heart is (Part 2)

But the hunter was also the hunted; For many of my arrows left my bow only to seek my own breast. And the flier was also the creeper; For when my wings were spread in the sun their shadow upon the earth was a turtle. And I the believer was also the doubter; For often...
Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining, and passion,...
Listening to the Voices

Listening to the Voices

Understand Heaven in a very literal sense—Space. See, we are in Heaven now because the Earth is a spaceship, and Heaven is Space. What is called in Chinese ‘Kōng,’ Japanese ‘Kū,’ 空 – the void. That’s what is important. That we, most of us, don’t know this. Even...
Freeing My Seoul

Freeing My Seoul

Every life and every death begins the same way, with an exhale. We come into the world with a cry and go out with a sigh, each of these expressions floating on the out-breath. Buddha’s disciple, Maudgalyayana, taught his own student an important lesson by showing him...
Hanging Out Amongst the Shadows

Hanging Out Amongst the Shadows

Abiding is an in-between experience. Because of that, it gets less attention. It’s not a peak event such as arriving or departing or even an intentional action such as accumulating or releasing. Lacking an obvious drama to pull you in, it is easy to miss or ignore or...
Softening Our Shells

Softening Our Shells

“You already have everything you need to be happy.” Bingo! All of us experience moments of insight that pop up out of nowhere. Maybe it was a matter of time and practice…drip, drip, drip, the bucket fills. Or maybe something more ordinary like boredom or exhaustion or...