Bowing is a part of every culture. It’s a sign of respect and humility. Bowing can be supplication or an honoring. When we bow we feel a presence, we sense another dimension to life. Bowing is a very serious practice.
When I first saw this Ensō, I was very drawn to it. Bankei Yōtaku (1622-1693), Sakyamuni and Maitreya, ink on paper First, what is enso? Zen teachers like to draw circles. Sometimes they draw them around from right to left,
Critical work is being done on our planet now. Spiritual healing work. Light work. There’s a group of people involved in this work. What’s obvious to this group is that time on the planet is fast running out. Among all
In recent months I’ve been noticing challenges with my own smartphone and social media use. This is being reported increasingly in media outlets. It affects young people a lot, but not only young people. Here’s some of what I’ve learned.
This line from Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) has been a guide for me ever since I first read it: “… each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” It’s a profound truth. It also takes all the neurosis out of daily
It’s Spring now. Every Spring the Earth is renewed. There’s compassion in that. Staying perpetually in winter wouldn’t be healthy and balanced. Compassion is part of this process, even though we don’t normally think of it in this way. It’s
This the second time I’m quoting from this book. The first excerpt is in Sound Mind, Sound Body. These Japanese concepts and life philosophies are both practical and human. They’re so workable because they’re natural truths found in life. Wabi-sabi