Christmas Offerings

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah I grew up in a conservative Jewish family in St. Louis, but Christmas offerings were all around. Like the Christians in our neighbor, my father decorated the house with Hanukah adornments and we had at least one gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukah. We lite the candles, […]

Reverence for Life

Reverence for Life is the first of the Five Mindfulness Trainings authored by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as “Thay” by his followers.) In the time of the Buddha it was known as the first precept and, in fact, at that time, all of the precepts were simple statements like, “Not to kill,” “Not […]

Everything Changes

“Everything changes,” says the law of impermanence – one of the major insights of the Buddha. Nothing stays the same, no matter how much we desire it. There is no escaping the fact that everything changes, just like the weather, the tides, the leaves, and other physical phenomena. As summer flows into winter through the […]

Happy Continuation to Thich Nhat Hanh

Please join me in wishing a Happy Continuation to Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) on his 90th continuation day today! The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation had invited people to submit a three minute video of how we continue Thay. This is similar to what I had to say in my video: Continue in Good Health My […]

The Holy Life

What does it mean to live the holy life? According to David Brooks, it means to live a life of purpose. It means to live a life with moral values. It means to live a life with a sense of gratitude and tranquility and also helping others to do so. “We don’t live for happiness, […]

For the Truth Be Told

As a professional software engineer for more than 40 years, I have signed this petition for the truth be told: Please Take Notice That: On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and affiliates hereby petition for, and demand, a truly independent investigation with […]

True Presence

What are the attributes of true presence? How do we learn to cultivate and activate them? Cheri Huber advises us that, Only presence gives us what our hearts long for. So simple, easy, beautiful and affordable! Costs us nothing; gives us everything. – Cheri Huber Her close friend, Ashwini Narayanan adds, With practice, it becomes […]

Thich Nhat Hanh on Interbeing

These words of wisdom for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on interbeing are a classic statement about the interconnectedness of all phenomena. For example, if you think about the recent tragedy in the marine ecosystem of central Vietnam, where a massive toxic waste disposal by Formosa Steel caused the death of millions of sea animals […]

Can You Hear Mother Earth?

In this special message from Sister Chan Khong, she asks, “Can you hear Mother Earth? In this excerpt from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we learn of the desperate situation we are in. Please wake up, my children, and see what you are doing. Your atomic bombs have laid waste to billions of precious lives, […]

Teachings on Interbeing

The teachings on interbeing (the interconnectedness of all things) have been seen on these pages for more than four years now, and a couple of recent documentaries made these teachings very to me. One of these documentaries is The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, which traces the flow of genes and the migration of […]