A Zafu, A Pile of Books, & A Cheshire Grin

The only difference between me and a self-righteous asshole is that I’m just fuckin’ around. The only difference between me and someone who’s totally bonkers is none.  I admit, I had expectations when I began practicing. I expected to become some kind of quiet, warm, easy-breezy wise man. Instead, what’s been uncovered is some kind […]

A New Day

It can take quite awhile for a heart to mend. I’m speaking figuratively, but it’s literally true too. The Buddha told us that heartbreak is a symptom of clinging, craving, and—ultimately—ignorance of our True Nature. But that’s all cold comfort when you’re in the thick of it. You can’t be rational with the heart. The […]

When Friends Become Strangers

It’s strange that people who used to know each other so well can become total strangers. That’s weird, isn’t it? We spend hours and hours together, making each other laugh, drying each other’s tears, sharing the burden of boredom and waiting. Finding meaning together, letting go of trivialities together. And then, well, we’re not together […]