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  • Morning

    The house was quiet when I awoke. I stood waiting as the coffee machine gurgled away into the morning like a mad orchestra. The dark acidic smell awakening my lazy senses. The…

  • Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

    The Path of Question

    Who am I? This is the great unanswerable enigma. My mind tries so hard to escape the fact that it cannot truthfully answer this question. I call myself, “Luke,” but this brings…

  • Song

    You have the feeling that the world may in fact be conspiring to make you happy. Sometimes these little glimpses of happiness come in the form of a stranger’s smile on the…

  • My Experience with Writing and Zen

    I was sitting with a zen monk and I couldn’t stop looking out the window in front of me. “Why are you looking out the window,” he asked, “concentrate on your posture.”…

  • Commit to Sit

    As modern life becomes increasingly more stressful, it seems there is never enough time for all we need to do. So the idea of carving out more time for a commitment to…

  • The wooden statue of Miroku Bosatsu, one of the treasures of Koryu-ji Temple

    Reconciliation

    Reaching an original state of naturalness in meditation, and Clinging to a mere shell of quietude which mind has enforced, Even though the two appear alike, beware of misjudgment. –The Life of…

  • The Narrow Road to the Interior (Basho 1644 – 1694)

    The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is…

  • Untitled Photograph by Kiarcher on Picssr http://bit.ly/1ScYMIX

    Sensation

    I see how I am continually in a state of reaction to everything around me. There is a shock that comes from outside that agitates the emotions and then a whole chain…

  • Resistance

    What do we mean by, “Work on one self?” What does it mean, “To Work,” and how do we understand that? What is it that resists these efforts in my practice? I…

  • Gie Blandin, "Aube dur le Lac"

    Through a Glass Darkly

    We begin meditation by sitting quietly while maintaining an awareness of our posture from the inside; we try to have a sense of the whole of ourselves sitting here now. We can…