9 Attitudes for Mindfulness in Daily Life

The following 9 attitudes for mindfulness in daily life are presented in a series of short videos by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Seven of  9 attitudes for mindfulness were presented in the original version of his book, Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. In […]

Wash the Dishes to Wash the Dishes

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi is famous for his quote from Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, “Wash the dishes to wash the dishes” – see 6 Mindfulness Practices For The Holidays. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says the same thing: “If while washing dishes we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us… then we are […]

Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was the founding teacher of the San Francisco Zen Center. His simple teachings have inspired many new dharma teachers such as Myogen Steve Stucky, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Wendy Johnson, and many others. My first experience at the San Francisco Zen Center was in 1972. I did a seven day sesshin there with […]

In Memory Of Myogen Steve Stucky

I just learned that Zen Master Myogen Steve Stucky passed away on December 31, 2013 – just a couple of days ago. He was a wonderful man and beloved teacher. In the 1980’s, I sat Zen meditation with him in his home in Mill Valley with many other devoted students. He will be deeply missed […]

Lonely Travelers

As of today, October 5, 2013, all three of my children are away from their homes. Micah, who lives in New York is in Ashland, Oregon at the Shakespeare Festival. This is something he has been doing since his days at Stanford University. Rachael is visiting her college friend in San Diego, California, where she […]

Believe In Nothing!

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was the founder and abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center beginning in 1962. He practiced in the Soto Zen tradition, which teaches that direct understanding comes from just sitting zazen (zen meditation) and does not rely on doctrine or sutras (scriptures). Under his guidance, additional properties were acquired: the Green Gulch […]