Freedom on a Windowsill

[caption id=attachment_60686 align=aligncenter width=700] “Even in detention I could find joyful moments.” – Ai Weiwei[/caption]   Ahhhh...holidays! Just hearing that word has such nostalgic power. I dream of freedom from routines, time to medi... Read more

Vesak, Full Moon in May

The upcoming full moon in May is Vesak, a special Buddhist  holiday observed around the world, inspired by the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, peace and goodwill. Vesak honors his birth, enlightenment and death, all together. Vesak is joyful, celebr... Read more

Meditate For India – Benefit Saturday May 15th

  India is suffering. COVID is ravaging the medical system and the supplies. We would like to offer refuge to feeling helpless or afraid. We have planned a 24/7 round-the-clock meditation and yoga marathon sessions offered by well-known global t... Read more

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

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