I can picture myself lakeside or near a river or stream. Somewhere where fog rolls in during the night and tugboats sing their mournful drones. A city with a sea breeze that always seems to linger on the nose and tongue. Dark Water and cobblestone side streets accompanying me on nightly walks. Crescent moon overhead […]

Memes & Our Common Humanity

Memes are everywhere on social media; they practically are social media. And I fucking love it.  Memes are the lifeblood of connectivity in this age. Through these silly viral pictures, we’re not only able to share laughs, but our own awareness of the human condition. It’s vital to combine those two: truth and humor. Truth—without humor—takes itself […]

Back to the Breath: Commentary on the Arittha Sutta

The Arittha Sutta might be the most concise Buddhist meditation manual ever written:  “There is the case where a monk, having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building, sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect, and setting mindfulness to the fore (making mindfulness a […]

Buddhism is About Empathy (Together Heart Meditation)

Buddhism can seem kinda cerebral at times, but that’s only the surface. Really, it’s all about heart. The Together Heart (Doshin/Tongxin) is a decent translation of Zen’s “One Mind” or “True Nature.” We all share the same center. We all have the same hangups, the same afflictions and antidotes; they just look a little different […]