Going Home

Many practitioners and teachers talk about the challenges and rewards of taking their practice back home. I had a sweet experience this weekend sharing the practice in a place where I’m a native speaker – 12 step recovery programs. I was asked to be a part of a panel on the 11th step and lead…

Fire Season

A rich blend of human experience regularly arises for me these days when I notice how different my responses are to a variety of situations from those around me. There is awe and gratitude for the practice; there is another piece though – something like a sobering compassion for the amount of suffering in the…

Yōshin

I met Sasaki Roshi only once before he died. After a day of sitting at his Los Angeles Zen temple, Rinzai-ji, everyone was getting ready to go home, content to know that the Roshi, now 106 years old, was on the premises, resting. As we were about to leave, his inji (personal assistant) ran out…

Embodied Teaching

When Mindfulness in Schools Really Works   If you’re connected to elementary education in any way, you’ve probably heard the buzz about mindfulness in schools by now: “Increases test scores! Reduces disciplinary issues!” You may have even seen videos of kids talking about their emotions and how much it helps them calm down to spend…