The way of the birds

A monk said to Tozan, “You always tell learners to take the way of the birds. What is this way of the birds?” Tozan answered, “The bird flying across the sky leaves no footprints. This is called The Way of the Birds — simply disappearing into the nothingness of sky, without leaving a trace behind. Zen wants you to be …

Thich Nhat Hanh has 91st birthday

Today (Oct. 12, 2017) is Thich Nhat Hanh’s 91st birthday. “Thay,” as he is called by his fellow monks, suffered a severe stroke 4 years ago and cannot express himself fully anymore. But he has already expressed himself just fine, having written about 100 books and given thousands of lectures around the country. Here’s hoping his next 91 years are …

Finding God in an artificial world

When we were young we were told there was a God (capital G) who made all things and who knew everything we did and thought. It was a scary prospect but we were told if we didn’t believe it some pretty somber things were going happen to us, so not believing wasn’t an option. As got into our teens we …