Buddhism doesn’t have a monopoly on emptiness. When it sailed across the Pacific and set up shop in the West, it found itself in a land with its own views and temperaments toward absence. To keep the dialogue going, we can’t just bring Zen to the West, we also have to bring the West to […]
A clearing in forest, a batch of light bathing the bare patch of grass. You find places like that, scattered here and there in the woods, existing without any good reason to. They’re just there, open spaces. Fields, groves, and meadows. They’re decent impromptu pastures for rabbits and deer, since they’re usually overflowing with tall, […]
There’s no rule that says, “You must get upset when you get caught in the rain with groceries.” And there’s no rule that says we have to be thrilled about it either.
The little things make true love and true understanding possible. Life is an ongoing intimacy that’s always at hand, but we generally ignore it in favor of having a long-distance relationship with it. So we miss it, even though it’s never gone anywhere.
What is this? A feeling. We are mirrors of the world, as reflective as that flowing stream. Just like that stream, what we reflect isn’t the same as the source. Each ripple, each dip and rise in our minds turns that image into something new.