Category Archives: Daily Life

thinking globally

She asked me whether I had brought People Magazine on the trip. (The question was loaded with history, with the good-natured teasing we enjoyed around the fact that I sometimes buy People Magazine when I travel, that for awhile I … Continue reading

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meanwhile, back in the zendo …

Completely unmentioned but silently at operation beneath the surface of these pages, the past couple of months have been characterized by huge dramas, my heart and energies wrapped up in traumatic changes not at Zen Center, but in the organization … Continue reading

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I’d rather have a …

Last week, upon a suspicion that things weren’t right on the left side of my mouth and a fear that I would be in agony over an infected tooth on my upcoming trip to China, I made an appointment to … Continue reading

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the effort of continuous practice

The Ino asked if I could cover this morning’s fukudo position, and my response was “of course.”  I had recently trained on the position when I stopped being head chiden for awhile so the role was still fresh in my … Continue reading

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the thing that cannot be undone

It was Thursday night when we found Dave’s body. I say “we,” although to be precise it was not me but some other specific people, and those people will have had a very particular experience of the events from that … Continue reading

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grabbing the gearshift

I chuckled as I sat down on the zafu, because the invitation to sit dokusan with my teacher came at the last minute as it sometimes does, and I had no idea what I wanted to ask him. I decided … Continue reading

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back in the saddle again

Sometimes the universe screws around with you a bit. I am back to being head chiden at the temple again.  In the same weekend I was invited to again be head chiden, my boss’ half-time scheduling support (at my day … Continue reading

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