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American Buddhist Perspective

Buddhist-Christian meditation in Zimbabwe

A few months ago I came across a remarkable writer from Zimbabwe. She found me through twitter and directed me to her site,, specifically her poem, Cherish the Present Moment, which concludes with these lines, wonderfully expressing a major part of the Buddha’s teachings: The present moment; Gives you all. It orders everything sweetly; Showering [Read More...]

My Journey of Conscience

Being Real Rather Than Happy

Sometimes I shock my students and the other people who come to my Zen center by suggesting our spiritual practice doesn’t change us or make us happy. People usually argue with me, which is a good sign, I guess. It means meditation and Zen practice is doing them some good. I certainly don’t deny that’s possible. [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

Thinking Fourth

On this day is 1776 a remarkable document was signed by fifty-six men. The principal author was Thomas Jefferson. The document itself the product of high minded idealism, and low politics, including the removal of a critical paragraph denouncing slavery. But it was written. It reads: When, in the course of human events, it becomes [Read More...]

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Faithfully Religionless: Timber Hawkeye at TEDxHonolulu 2012