Sitting And Breathing

The rain passed through the city over the weekend, as it did a couple of weekends ago, as the slowdown was starting. That, of course, seems a long time ago. Most days, I feel like I end up spending too much time sitting down. I am sure this was true of my life hitherto, but […]


‘I should dispel the suffering of others because it is suffering like my own suffering. I should help others too because of their nature as beings, which is like my own being.’ (Shantideva) I had a whole month’s worth of posts lined up to cover the time I was due to be in England. Now I […]

A Month Of Sundays

‘Not knowing is most intimate’ – Dizang. And so we continue, not knowing how exactly it is going to unfold.* Since the weather has been nice, fittingly for the beginning of spring, with white cumulus clouds in a warm blue sky that reminds me of good spring days in England, I have gone out on […]

So How Is It Now?

‘If wisdom is the insight that nothing has a fixed nature and that all things are in process, that would suggest cultivating just enough detachment from things, ideas, and people to accept that they would all change and finally pass away. Wisdom meant letting go to some extent, releasing one’s grip on what would inevitably […]

Dominion and the Rate of Change

The weekend ended up feeling tremendously long. I had kept my calendar clear as I had anticipated doing the kinds of things I have generally done before one of my trips to the UK – finishing up writings, organising and cleaning, resting ahead of the overnight flight – and so I found myself with nothing […]

Two Views Of A Ship

As we were sitting out on the Embarcadero this past Monday, on a warm and sunny day, my eyes drifted over the bay, and I realised that directly across from us was the Grand Princess, which had come in to the far end of Oakland docks that morning. The next day, as I emerged from […]

The Growing Days

It was one of the people who came to volunteer in the Zen Center kitchen when I was tenzo who really got me to notice the asymmetric qualities of daylight after the winter solstice – and now I can’t unsee it. The afternoons get longer before the mornings do, although now that we are closer to the […]