Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Art of Listening

responsibility, taking responsibility, blame, buddhism, happiness, behavior

A lot of people pay very little attention to what’s going on in the world around them, but most people tend to rely primarily on their vision. Over the years, when I was being followed and people were talking to me in my head, I started relying more on my sense of hearing than on […]

All We Have To Do

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Jennifer

Change Starts from Prayer

Nichiren Daishonin writes: The prayers offered by a practitioner of the Lotus Sutra will be answered just as an echo answers a sound, as a shadow follows a form, as the reflection of the moon appears in clear water, as a mirror collects dewdrops, as a magnet attracts iron, as amber attracts particles of dust, […]


life, love

I watched a few episodes of Lisa Ling’s “This is Life” last year and the title of her TV show made me think of the circumstances we presently face. I’ve often thought over the years that my (our) battle is one of truth and justice or good versus evil. I felt out numbered all these […]

Dust If You Must

san gregorio

DUST IF YOU MUST Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better To paint a picture or write a letter, Bake a cake or plant a seed, Ponder the difference between want and need? Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim and mountains to climb, Music to hear […]