Everything Becomes Beautiful

At a meeting with Gil Fronsdal, a friend and colleague who knows Pali, the language of the ancient Buddhist texts he said what the Buddha taught is often not conveyed in its full richness with the translations we currently have. For example, the word ... Read more

Solidarity with Asian Lives

Akemi’s parents, BJ and Ron, at a #StopAsianHate rally in Irvine yesterday. As I hear about the horrific murders of Asian American women at Atlanta massage spas this week, the latest in a string of over 3,795 reported anti-Asian hate incidents this p... Read more

Retreat – The Sacred Reset

One year into the pandemic, things are really falling apart now. No matter in which spaces I show up, there it is. Yes, there is the vaccine and some hope but so many of us feel so brittle and stretched thin. Be it because we have to pick up extra wor... Read more

All You Need is Love

It’s an overused phrase for sure, but the Beatles did land on some wisdom.  I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for nearly 20 years, but only recently do I finally understand in my heart (not just my head) the truth that yes, all we do need ... Read more

Elián’s Birth

My beloved cousin Myra, whom some of you know from our teaching together, wrote about her new grandson’s birth. Most women - even when there is access to good prenatal medical care and birthing - don’t have the opportunity to birth their babies surrou... Read more

Definition of the Truth

Can you remember a time when you whole-heartedly believed what later turned out to be ….  a Lie? A Lie, and I mean a really good Lie, must have some aspect of verifiable Truth woven into it, so that it speaks to our core values. When my core values ar... Read more

Spiritual Nourishment of Starlings

https://youtu.be/L8BZmx9zJ1E This past week, I went north of San Rafael to Terra Linda at sunset to stand in an empty parking lot, looking for starlings. As the light fades, huge flocks of the glossy, black birds swirl high above the trees, streaming a... Read more