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August 6, 2018

How does one passionately engage in the activities of everyday life without being subverted by the all-consuming energy of want? Can the expression of creativity and the demands of practice be adequately attended to without invoking the ghosts of hunger and thirst? I l...

May 8, 2018

I have been walking as a practice for most of my life Conscious or unconscious my steps have been teaching Long before my introduction to the ways of meditation Long before the Tao was a part of my vocabulary Long before I observed the Dharma unfolding in a rose bud I...

February 23, 2018

We are testing the boundaries of what works in any given situation and as long as we take stock of the outcome and resolve to act accordingly next time, a mistake can actually become a powerful tool for achieving our goals. With a strong enough will and thick enough sk...

February 6, 2018

     I wrote this poem after my family and I first moved to North Carolina from Colorado. At the time, we were living up in the mountains outside of a beautiful little town called Lake Lure. We had no friends or family in the area and due to our isolation, most of our...

January 28, 2018

Zen, as I understand it, is about something much deeper than simple mindfulness or a silencing of our thoughts. It’s about awakening to our true nature; to our Buddha mind. The practice of Zazen is about remembering who and what we truly are. This, as they say, is our...

January 19, 2018

 These are the journal entries I made before and after my first Zen Sesshin (retreat) back in April 2017. I had been regularly meditating for a number of years before this Sesshin and had attended a couple of other meditation retreats and workshops in the past but thi...

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