Memory

Watch paint dry.  Watch grass grow.  We have heard these and similar expressions often and scoffed at both the idea and any one who would indulge in such “time pass” pursuits.  Over the past week, I have done just this so to speak, albeit unintentionally. Old habits die hard while some become a part of …

Vaisakhi and Ashtami

“Vaisakhi” will be celebrated world wide on April 13/14.  Celebrated by Punjabis (across either side of the India-Pakistan border) it is a harvest-linked festival to give thanks for a good crop and pray for abundance in the year to come.  It also assumed a special significance for the Sikhs from the 17th century onwards. Sikhism started …

(Self)awareness

After many years of apprenticeship, a monk attained the rank of Zen Teacher and decided to go over to visit his old, respected Zen Master. It was raining and when he walked into the house the Zen Master asked, “Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella out on the porch?” “Yes” responded the Teacher. …