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Bodhisattva on Clouds

Meditating in all Four Postures

I learned Korean zen meditation in the winter of 1989. I was fascinated by zen, the zen mystique for sure, but also the fresh and powerful language used by the teachers of the zen tradition. There were many awesome things to contemplate, from the sound of one hand clapping to my “original face” before my […]


Thich Nhat Hanh: One quick story

I learned of Thich Nhat Hanh in the late 80’s. I read Being Peace and gave one of his other books to my sister as a gift. I was impressed by the simplicity, beauty and directness of his message. In Sept 1990, I finished my PhD, then flew to Korea for an 8-week pilgrimage to Buddhist […]


Hustling to Enlightenment

I’m a big fan of David O. Russell’s films, especially I Heart Huckabees and last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. Huckabees in particular is one of my favorites, an awesome tale of awakening told with brilliance, humor, and creativity. So when American Hustle came out and started getting good reviews, I was eager to see it. […]


A Fresh Start on New Year’s

I love New Year’s Day. It might be my favorite day of the year. I’m not sure why, but every January One I feel an amazing sense of newness and freedom. I feel that my life is starting over, that I can let go of the past (and any present melodramas I may be involved […]


Celebrating Thomas Merton

“… monastic prayer, especially meditation and contemplative prayer, is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him whom we have found, who loves us, who is near to us, who comes to us to draw us to himself. Dominus enim prope est.” [The Lord is close at hand.] […]

Sharing my grateful heart

My fall began with a jolt when I learned that the Adler School, my employer since 2010, had reorganized and eliminated my position. After a couple days, I decided to take this opportunity to throw myself fully into launching the new business that I’ve been working on part-time for too many years now. The result […]

Talking Heads Dharma

A straight line exists between me and the good thing. I have found the line and its direction is known to me. Absolute trust keeps me going in the right direction. Any intrusion is met with a heart full of the good thing. – “The Good Thing,” Talking Heads I discovered the Talking Heads my […]

Discover the present moment and a life beyond worries & anxieties

An invitation to be yourself

Our lives are so pressured and we are so often under scrutiny to show our best side. When can we relax and simply be ourselves? When can we let our personal programs for self-perfection go for long enough to enjoy life just as it is and just as we are? Truth is that the pursuit […]