Injustice Has a Cure

Black History Month has been observed in the United States since 1976. Although the annual celebration is during February, amplifying Black voices, stories, and history is important year-round. The theme for 2022 is health and wellness, in honor of Bl... Read more

Struggle or Now

I love how Ken McLeod describes Dukkha as a struggle because it stops me from spiritually bypassing. While I can attest to having much less struggle in my life from when I first stepped onto the Buddhist path, I can see how I can still struggle. Who w... Read more

What is Deep Dharma to You?

Five years ago, Jack and I got up at 5AM to drive from Spirit Rock where we were teaching the Teacher Training group to a spacious private home in San Francisco. The team of fourteen monastics who took care of Thich Nhat Hanh while he received treatme... Read more

Children holding hands

The Power of Compassion

It was so surprising. Disarming, even. On the eve of President Biden’s inauguration last year, while watching the televised memorial for the more than 400,000 lives then lost to Covid-19, I felt a moment of grace. A moment of blessings and memory. Ki... Read more

The Beauty in All

Dear Friend, Thank you for stopping by. It’s 2022 - on the morning of December 31st, I sat down to write some wishes and aspirations for the new year but I felt tired and unmotivated. All I could discern was the exhaustion from a busy year. So I gave... Read more

Gratitude for Everything!

As we bid 2021 a relieved farewell, once again I send you all my heartfelt appreciation for your participation at InsightLA. Your interest, curiosity, willingness to explore new ways to live on this earth have inspired me for almost 20 years now, ever... Read more

Loosening the Knots

Winter Solstice time is here in the northern hemisphere! The longest nights are already growing shorter, bringing heartwarming certainty that the sun is shining a little  longer each day. The solstice and the winter holidays offer a time of goodwill, ... Read more

Self Compassion

As the year comes to an end, the holidays arrive amid a pandemic that continues to unfold. Plans are uncertain, and while this season traditionally celebrates joy, peace and togetherness, you might not find yourself in a particularly cheerful or festi... Read more

When Great Trees Fall

PHOTO: In Celebration of Life of Katie-Jay Scott and Gabriel Stauring. To attend the celebration of life livestream for Katie-Jay and Gabriel this Saturday, December 11th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT, please fill out the RSVP form. ______________   I’m dee... Read more