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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...

April 9, 2018

A couple of days ago I was on a solo-hike in the mountains and was trying to remain completely present with my experience. I was actively following my breath and feeling the shifting terrain through the soles of my boots. I was moving at a gentle pace so to, more delib...

February 9, 2018

The third element that I feel really encourages inspiration is something that Zen master, Suzuki Roshi, referred to as beginners mind. The idea itself is actually quite simple but it is often very difficult to achieve. In order to have a beginners mind, in relation to...

February 1, 2018

From where I'm standing, it suddenly seems so clear.  Not clear like the clean up after an accident on the highway; the kind that removes the major obstacles and allows traffic to move along quickly.  But more like the kind of clear that exists at the heart of a de...

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...

December 24, 2017

    The idea behind creative awakening is actually very simple. It is basically just a program that aims to teach people how to practice their craft as a form of celebration. A celebration of what, you ask? A celebration of the fact that we are the magnificent kal...

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