Ash Wednesday

The Bardo of Mardi Gras

If you grow up in a city that celebrates Carnival, then you know—even if only subconsciously—how deep it goes.  It’s not a bunch of parades. It’s not a single day of letting loose. It’s a season—weeks long and months in

Ash Wednesday

The Bardo of Mardi Gras

If you grow up in a city that celebrates Carnival, then you know—even if only subconsciously—how deep it goes.  It’s not a bunch of parades. It’s not a single day of letting loose. It’s a season—weeks long and months in

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

This is a song by Tom Waits. Norah Jones covers it…and so do I…don’t judge! You have to scroll down to the link at the bottom…still not sure how to embed the link and make it look nice. I tried

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

This is a song by Tom Waits. Norah Jones covers it…and so do I…don’t judge! You have to scroll down to the link at the bottom…still not sure how to embed the link and make it look nice. I tried

Bloodroot

Spring

                       

Bloodroot

Spring

                       

Back on the porch

Fifteen-Minute Free Walk

When you sit zazen for longer periods, you incorporate walking practice with sitting…usually 30 minutes of sitting and 10-15 minutes of walking. On retreat at J’s zendo we have the benefit of gardens upon gardens, so we walk outside. The

Back on the porch

Fifteen-Minute Free Walk

When you sit zazen for longer periods, you incorporate walking practice with sitting…usually 30 minutes of sitting and 10-15 minutes of walking. On retreat at J’s zendo we have the benefit of gardens upon gardens, so we walk outside. The

Doctor My Eyes

Just finished a Zen retreat. Sometimes when you come off of these things you’re all cracked up…or maybe you just notice the cracks better. I got home and a Jackson Browne tune popped into my head, so I sang it–sometimes

Doctor My Eyes

Just finished a Zen retreat. Sometimes when you come off of these things you’re all cracked up…or maybe you just notice the cracks better. I got home and a Jackson Browne tune popped into my head, so I sang it–sometimes

Hummingbird

A friend was in the hospital after an accident, and in bad shape. I wondered if there was a window to his room. I imagined how trapped he might have felt. Sitting outside on a September morning, I taped the

Hummingbird

A friend was in the hospital after an accident, and in bad shape. I wondered if there was a window to his room. I imagined how trapped he might have felt. Sitting outside on a September morning, I taped the

BrahmaTemple

Brahma’s Temple

Pushkar has the distinction of being the only village in India with a temple to Brahma. All over the country, there are temples to the monkey-faced Hanuman, Shiva the destroyer, and Vishnu the preserver, but to Brahma, the one responsible

BrahmaTemple

Brahma’s Temple

Pushkar has the distinction of being the only village in India with a temple to Brahma. All over the country, there are temples to the monkey-faced Hanuman, Shiva the destroyer, and Vishnu the preserver, but to Brahma, the one responsible