Buddha Gate Monastery

Last Saturday, my wife and I visited the Buddha Gate Monastery in Lafayette, California. The monastery is on 17 acres of beautiful land in what is know as the East Bay of San Francisco. [Read More…] The monastery is supported by the Chan tradition of Grand Master Venerable Wei Chueh who organized many monasteries in Taiwan as well as […]

The Festival Of Freedom

Last night, Jews all over the world celebrated Passover: the festival of freedom. When I was living with my parents, Passover was a very big deal in many ways. We celebrated the Passover seder both nights and for the rest of the eight days of the holiday. There were always a minimum of 25 people […]

Can Meditation Improve The Bottom Line?

The BBC offered this video which raises the question, “Can meditation improve the bottom line?” In this video, Janice Marturano from Institute For Mindful Leadership explained to the BBC’s Tanya Beckett how meditation can improve business performance and therefore improve the bottom line. Janice, herself, was over stressed in her job and turned to meditation to […]

Peace In The Middle East

An Israeli graphic designer, Ronny Edry, created a poster that promotes peace between Israel and Iran as well as peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I wrote Thich Nhat Hanh Retreat For Palestinians I knew nothing about Ronny Edry or this viral peace movement from Israel and Iran. Ronny’s original poster appears on the left. He is […]

President Obama Spoke To The Children

President Obama spoke to the children and grieving families in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives. He said, “We as a nation are left with some hard questions… Our first task is caring for our children… Are we doing enough to keep our children safe from harm?” President Obama answered, “No!” […]

A JUBU And The Lubavitcher Rebbe

About ten days ago, Rachael and I completed a six week course on the Kabbalah at Chabad House in San Rafael, California. Kabbalah is school of Jewish mysticism. The course was called The Kabbalah Of You: A Guide To Unlocking Your Hidden Potential provided by the Jewish Learning Institute and Rabbi Yisreal Rice. When I was growing […]

If The Dalai Lama Were President…

As you probably know, the Dalai Lama is not only the religious leader of the Tibetan people in exile. He is also the political leader. What would happen if the Dalai Lama were president of the United States? His belief in democracy and human rights is so strong that should Tibet become free of Chinese rule, […]

Mill Valley Honors Two MaryKnoll Sisters

In a matter of a week or two, Paula Carvey managed to fill the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, California to capacity for a fundraiser for the MaryKnoll Sisters World Wide Ministries. Prior to the interview with Sister Mary Reese and Sister Rosalie Lacorte, comedians Mark Pitta and Dana Carvey performed for about an hour […]

God Hug!

I  Thought you could use a God hug. Dear God: this is my friend, whom I love and this is my prayer for her Help her live her life to the fullest. Please promote her and cause her to excel above her expectations. Help her to shine in the darkest places where it is impossible […]

The Dalai Lama Met With Aung San Suu Kyi

The Dalai Lama met with Aung San Suu Kyi on June 19, 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi is the opposition leader for the Burmese people. She has spent most of the last twenty years in house arrest. During all that time, she continued to lead her people on the path to democracy. She is the […]