The Haunted Forest of the Mind

The Haunted Forest of the Mind

Lately, I’ve been contemplating the paradox of metta. Many of you are familiar with metta practice, which developed in early Buddhism as an approach to working with threatening energies and the fears that can arise when facing the unknown. The backstory: Legend...
The Annihilation of Annihilation

The Annihilation of Annihilation

I woke up this morning trying to remember a quote that my old friend Steve, used to love. Steve was a dedicated meditator who basically lived on my couch in Santa Cruz, when he wasn’t sitting a 3 month retreat. He became my best friend. Steve is no longer with us,...
The Alchemy of Dharma and Psychotherapy

The Alchemy of Dharma and Psychotherapy

When I was in school to become a psychotherapist, I was simultaneously deeply immersed in Yogic and Meditative practice. Zen was my first taste of the Dharma. It was a wild ride and not at all the easiest way to begin… but would I have gravitated towards it, were it...
the one tool we need

the one tool we need

It’s Thanksgiving night in the US. It’s a beautiful, bright, strange, majestic, painful holiday. It’s all the things. It reminds us of the places in our lives we are radically grateful for. We sit together to feast, of course… so many side dishes. But many of us also...
Opening Our Hearts Towards the Now

Opening Our Hearts Towards the Now

“The moments of our life are not expendable, And the [possible] circumstances of death are beyond imagination. If you do not achieve an undaunted confident security now, What point is there in your being alive, O living creature?” Padmasambhava, The Tibetan Book of...
Navaratri, Symbol-making, and Futurism

Navaratri, Symbol-making, and Futurism

According to Śaiva/Śakta tantra, Śakti represents the dynamic, self-reflective aspect of Consciousness. Śakti is celebrated during Navaratri, a festival observed across the Hindu world. During Navaratri, we embrace and connect with the multifaceted nature of the...