Be Like the Wind

You get your inspiration wherever you find it. In my case, it happened on my morning walk. I stopped along the lake to watch a mother duck lead her young ones away from me. I was hypnotized by their movement, by the way they all ducked their heads into the water at the same time, as if a mental signal …

The Tale of the Spider

A Tibetan story tells of a meditation student who, while meditating in his room, believed he saw a spider descending in front of him. Each day the menacing creature returned, growing larger and larger each time. So frightened was the student, that he went to his teacher to report his dilemma. He said he planned to place a knife in …

The peace inside you

There is a place of peace inside you that is unaffected by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. It is not affected by the highs of worldly achievement. It is calm, pure, whole, and unswerving. Nothing anyone says to you or about you can dampen it. No financial ups or downs can move it. No heady falling in love …

The Lion and the Fox

A certain man prayed continually for the awareness to succeed in life. Then one night he dreamed of going into the forest to attain understanding. The next morning he went into the woods and wandered for several hours looking for some sign that would provide answers. When he finally stopped to rest, he saw a fox with no legs lying …

Develop a mind like the sky, vast and infinite

Our minds are vast and infinite, clear and spacious. Our minds have no boundaries, no limits. When we experience the vast clear spaciousness of our mind, the clarity of our awareness, we begin to see how our thoughts and feelings are like clouds in the sky, simply passing through this vast spacious awareness, not filling it up. Our minds are …

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 …

A time to learn

A young but earnest Zen student approached his teacher, and asked: “If I work very hard and diligent how long will it take for me to find Zen?” The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.” The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then …

The power of silence

We spend a lot of time looking for happiness when the world right around us is full of wonder. To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to. There is beauty calling to us every day, every hour, but we are …