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 […]

Dripping Sky & A Visit to the Vet

The car’s brakes whistle through the drizzling night like some kinda solitary bird, echoing across the blacktop and against the imitation-granite building. I’m standing in the closed pharmacy drive-through, vaping away my lunch hour. Zero nicotine. I quit smoking at the beginning of the year, but in some ways, we are our habits. A suped-up […]

That Time I Met a Bodhisattva in God’s Country Restaurant

I live in LaSalle County, Illinois. It’s a land dominated by cows, cornfields, American Legions and giant churches. There’s a bar for every corner, two churches for every bar, and 20 banks for every church.  My neighbor’s rooster sometimes wakes me up in the morning, and last week my mom had to usher a small […]