Two Sides to the Meditation Story

Two articles that highlight the good and dark sides of the popularity of mindfulness meditation came out recently within a few weeks of each other. One is an interview with a Harvard Neuroscientist who found that meditation causes positive physical changes in the brain, including a “thickening” of the regions of the posterior cingulate and … Continue reading

drawn stone 2

drawn stone

Part of the installation Drawn Stone by Andy Goldsworthy. This was commissioned for the courtyard at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Like some of Goldsworthy’s work, this is almost imperceptible. I never saw a sign or placard indicating there was even artwork there. I was sitting on one of the stone slabs and … Continue reading

the world of things

“Those of us who call ourselves Buddhist corrupt the teaching by a narrow sectarianism and by a sort of withdrawal from what’s going on in our society. A great Zen Master warned, ‘The man who clings to vacancy, neglecting the world of things, escapes from drowning but leaps into the fire.’” Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), author … Continue reading

. . . they are right.

(I’d add “all the time.” And I’m including myself. From Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, at the Chicago Cultural Center)

everybody . . .

(from Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, at the Chicago Cultural Center)

candle extinguisher

brass candle extinguisher, or snuffer, in the Buddha Hall at the San Francisco Zen Center

humble vessel

bell, san francisco zen center