A Song For All Beings

Last Saturday night, I attended a performance of A Song For All  Beings to a packed house. Composed and produced by Jennifer Berezan and friends, A Song For All Beings is based on the Buddhist practice of metta and the four immeasurable minds or Brahma Viharas (divine abodes) of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and […]

What Happens with You Meditate?

What happens when you meditate? Do you loose track of time only to hear the sound of the ending bell? Or does your mind wander and you wonder how it is possible to bring it back to the object of your meditation? Or do you sometimes begin to doze off or even fall asleep? Here […]

The Bodhisattva Vows

When I first was introduced to Zen Meditation at the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) in Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, I learned the four Bodhisattva vows. One day last week, I woke up thinking about these vows and what they meant to me and then the following came in an email: THE BODHISATTVA PATH […]

Invoking Blessings of Medicine Buddhas

With so many of my friends and my wife suffering from illnesses or injuries, I think it is time for invoking blessings of Medicine Buddhas. The Medicine Buddha is the supreme light of Lapis lazuli. Yakushi (the Medicine Buddha) is the Bodhisattva doctor. He holds a medicine jar in his hand and is attended by […]

Generosity Leads to Happiness

The perfection of generosity (dana) is the first of six paramitas (perfections or virtues) taught by the Buddha. The Buddha taught that generosity leads to happiness and a whole lot of other benefits. Modern research is beginning to confirm this 2,600 year old wisdom tradition. The scientists are also telling us that generosity leads to […]

Ethics from the Heart

These words of wisdom from Lin Jensen talk about the precepts of Buddhism. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers, likes to call these Mindfulness Trainings. In either case, they teach us to practice ethics from the heart. The Zen attitude about the precepts corresponds quite nicely with Thay’s teachings. In […]

Bodhisattva of Compassion

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion. A bodhisattva is a being who forgoes final enlightenment in order to help other sentient beings to awaken. Avalokiteshvara is another name of this bodhisattva of compassion. In the monasteries and on retreats in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the monks and nuns chant, “Namo […]

The Bodhisattva’s Edge

These words of wisdom are from the former grand abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, Myogen Steve Stucky. He passed away on December 31, 2013, a little over three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On December 27, Steve offered the following Death Poem. which appeared on his website, Subtle Eye: Many Zen […]

19 Reasons Why Pope Francis Is Time Magazine Person Of The Year

This is the text of an email I received from a friend of mine in the dharma. I am reproducing it here because I was so moved by the actions of Pope Francis. There are 19 reasons why Pope Francis is Time Magazine Person of the Year: I hope this Pope lives forever !!! Pope […]

Happy Thanksgiving

These words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das came a couple of days ago and I want to share them with you. I couldn’t have expressed my feelings about loving kindness and gratitude better. Gratitude Thanksgiving is always for me a time of reflection, how it’s never too late to start again or to turn […]