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August 15, 2018

Do check out the first of monthly postings of a favorite article from Inquiring Mind's Archive on Tricycle Magazine's online site.  

https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/teacher-tree/

This conversation about trees, activism and love is between the Thai Forest Monk Ajahn...

March 31, 2018

Continue under all circumstances.

Don’t be tossed away.

Make positive effort for the good. 

                                                            Katagiri Roshi...

December 16, 2017

Continue under all circumstances. Don’t be tossed away. Make positive effort for the good. Katagiri Roshi, Zen Master Challenged by winter chill, the impending tax scam and other treacheries, I remembered a piece I wrote ten years ago about my wondrous reappeari...

November 27, 2017

Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” Zen Teaching Tale

October 24, 2017

There can be a moment in a conversation with a stranger when the bottom seems to drop out; something opens up and deepens; we both free fall in a shared space.

September 25, 2017

My feisty New York artist mother has often said, “The Metropolitan Museum is my best friend.

September 11, 2017

Farmers Market

At the entrance to the Saturday farmers market in Tracy, California, I call out to each passerby. Latinos, Asians, white folks like me; people with head scarves, Trump hats, tattoos hurry past, pushing strollers, trundling groceries.

            “Hey, coul...

September 20, 2016

I encourage you to check out my Tricycle Magazine article, "In the Bathtub of the Masters."  It is an adapted chapter from my book in progress:  Taking a Bath in the Milky Way. This story of fury and love takes place on a three month meditation retreat at the Insi...

May 10, 2015

 Photo by Jeannie O'Connor

We have been wandering since beginningless time in these samsaric worlds in which every being, without exception, has had relations of affection, enmity and indifference with every other being. Everyone has been everyone else's father and moth...

September 30, 2014

Written 4/15/14  and published in Inquiring Mind  [http://www.inquiringmind.com]
 

I am now  walking and taking modest hikes .
  

 Linoleum cut on Combat Paper by Caitlin O'Donnell, my daughter

              For months, I lived on a crimson corduroy couch i...

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