(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. …

Indian Summer

Earlier this week there were a few days when it felt like we had gone back to summer. In fact, as we stepped out into a balmy 30+ degrees C evening at the conclusion of our yoga class our instructor (who is from India) quipped, “My Italian neighbor told me today that we are experiencing …

Who can say…

Today I offer you random, scattered thoughts to ponder on. Last week parents had a hectic time as families prepared for the start of another school year.  A passive observer sitting on the sidelines, it is difficult for me to fathom everyone’s fascination with this materialistic “back to school shopping” and the almost obsessive, yet …

Meal-time

Zen Master Shunryu (Suzuki) Roshi has said, “Time goes from present to past.”  Reviewed literally, this might seem illogical as we are conditioned to think that time goes from past to present and from present to future.  However, as we think of and dwell on a particular event from the past, does it not appear …