Notes on a Buddhist path

The unbelievable lightness of being

March 25, 2012 By | 12 Comments

Learn freedom from the spreading grass ~ Hafiz Not too long ago, I was on the move. The considerations of Kamma and Dhamma had taken a back seat to reading poetry and my weekly dance classes. For months I had been in a state of dis-ease with my … [Read more]

Cellular release

March 21, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.~ Mahatma Gandhi Last week I returned from my seven day silent meditation retreat. (More to come of that transcendent experience in my next blog post.) A few days after getting back to the city I gave up … [Read more]

Remembering Japan and cherry blossoms

March 6, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. ~ Gabriel García Márquez Sunday will be the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. I have a new article at … [Read more]

Time to move

March 5, 2012 By | 8 Comments

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~ … [Read more]

Wings and a prayer

February 28, 2012 By | 1 Comment

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. ~ Henry David Thoreau Prayer is a funny thing. People usually come to it when things aren't going well. More precisely when things are heading to hell in a high speeding runaway handbasket. We … [Read more]

Love the one you’re with

February 13, 2012 By | 9 Comments

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Alva Edison I sank into the massage table, every cell of me ready to be pummeled and coaxed into relaxation. Since this was my first visit to Russell I made sure to tell him I … [Read more]

Humans being

January 30, 2012 By | 1 Comment

Last week I saw "Being in the World", a thoughtful and affirming film of philosophers and masters of music, carpentry, sports, cooking and some mighty fine juggling. It really touched me. So, I wrote an article about it for Life As a Human. Check … [Read more]

Leonard Cohen, may I have this dance?

January 29, 2012 By | 13 Comments

Be ignited or be gone ~ Mary Oliver The other day I realized I may never have sex again. Or learn to play the cello. Or ride the Orient Express. Or drink Dom Pérignon. I may not squeeze in one more visit to California or spend those six months in … [Read more]

Multitasking, shmultitasking

January 19, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

My article exposing the dark underbelly of the multitasking cartel has just been published at Here's a sneak peek of what you'll discover. The constant shifting from one activity to another has fostered a new condition called … [Read more]

Will that be one egg or two?

January 15, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow." ~ The Talmud My mother always used to say "to make an omelette, you gotta break a few eggs." Or maybe that was Julia Child. In any case I got the message early on that … [Read more]

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