A moving story

A friend of mine once had to explain to her four-year-old son that the woman who had been providing child care for I him since he was born was going to move away. Because her child was very attached to this person, my friend carefully told him about this step-by-step, making sure to say that the caregiver loved him, that …

What I learned from my very first hug

“The first time I learned hugging was in Atlanta in 1966. A woman poet took me to the airport and then, before saying goodbye, asked, ‘Is it all right to hug a Buddhist monk?’ “In my country, we are not used to expressing ourselves that way in public, but I thought, ‘I am a Zen teacher; it should be no …

Rent-A-Monk

No monk? No problem, says Amazon Japan. As communal ties to Buddhist temples weaken throughout Japan, many are at a loss as to how to find a monk to perform memorial services when a loved one dies. But now Amazon Japan offers “Obo San Bin” or “Mr. Monk Delivery” for just these situations. The basic plan offered through Minrevi Co. on Amazon …