Include All Things

The insight of interbeing tells us to include all things. This inclusiveness pertains to people, animals, plants and minerals all the way down to the smallest atom (hydrogen) and all the up beyond the visible universe. But this is not a new idea as many think. For example, in my interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson […]

Empty of What?

When Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh talks about the Buddhist concept of emptiness, he always asks the question, “Empty of what?” Much of the time the answer is “Empty of a separate existence.” This means that nothing exists in isolation without interaction with everything else. If something did, we would never be able to access […]

…And Justice for All

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America ends with the familiar word, “With liberty and justice for all.” In recent years we have become aware of many types of injustice – racial injustice, economic injustice, social injustice and climate injustice. Socially engaged Buddhists since the 1960’s have working in […]

Meant to Answer God’s Call

I just received this beautiful prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Lama Surya Das. If you don’t believe in God, you can substitute words like buddhanature, the cosmos, the universe, or the higher power. In any case, we are called into the midst of human suffering. This is the role of the bodhisattva – to […]

Should we be Afraid of Emptiness?

Should we be afraid of emptiness? If you think so, you may be incorrect. Just think about it. Pick up any piece of paper. It could be a newspaper or a piece of paper that you use to take notes on. What do you see in this piece of paper? Some people will say, “It […]

Plan B for Saving Civilization

I just watched a movie last night that moved me to tears. It was called, “Journey To Planet Earth – Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization” on PBS narrated by Matt Damon. The 1.5 hour documentary featured Lester Brown. Plan B for saving civilization is offered as an alternative to, guess what, Plan A: business […]

You Have Purpose

Carolyn Myss says, “If you have life, you have purpose.” Everyone is on her or his own path, whatever that may be. There is no one on earth that doesn’t have a purpose or a path. Meditation practices, the path to well-being, can help you find you purpose, can help you find your path. Remember, […]

Undivided Self

My good friend, Dr. Sara Kendall Gordon, L. Ac., DAOM (a.k.a. Pralaya) has recently published an article on Undivided, The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology titled, “Reconsidering Ego Death and the False Self.” Sara lives and practices in Marin County, California. Since 1993, she has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist. […]

The Dalai Lama’s Dream

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama also has a dream. The Dalai Lama spoke from his home in Dharamsala, India in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,,,” speech. The Dalai Lama’s dream is that in this century the world truly becomes one […]

Empty of a Separate Self

This old talk of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is one that he repeats quite often. He uses the example of a sheet of paper to demonstrated how it is interconnected with the tree, the logger, the sunshine, the rain, and many other elements. He says that the paper is empty of a separate self. […]