POEMS: “Standing deer” (on impermanence)

Standing Deer As the house of a person in age sometimes grows cluttered with what is too loved or too heavy to part with, the heart may grow cluttered. And still the house will be emptied, and still the heart. As the thoughts of a person in age sometimes grow sparer, like a great cleanness…

“Entering fully” by Tarchin Hearn (Green Dharma Treasury)

“Entering fully” Life is a boundless matrix of dynamic relationships.  Ultimately, every action reverberates throughout the universe.  I responding to you.  You responding to me.  This responding to that.  That responding to this.   Responsiveness is the living heart of being and becoming.  Atoms, molecules, organs and organisms, families and societies;  entire ecosystems, biospheres, planets…

ZEN STORIES: “Mokusen’s hand”(about generosity, giving & receiving)

MOKUSEN’S HAND Mokusen Hiki was living in a temple in the province of Tamba. One of his adherents complained of the stinginess of his wife. Mokusen visited the adherent’s wife and showed her his clenched fist before her face. “What do you mean by that?” asked the surprised woman. “Suppose my fist were always like…

POEMS: “Let go of Something”

Let Go of Something Let go of something, somewhere. Use yoga to become aware, to touch what lies beneath the surface of the skin. Is there tension longing for release; a knot of fear so deep and familiar that you believe it’s part of who you are? Ease into dark corners, locked rooms, unexplored hallways….

POEMS: “Sweetness” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Sweetness”     You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. Only in the awareness of the present,  can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup. Only in the present,  can you savor the aroma,  taste the sweetness,  appreciate the delicacy. If you are ruminating about the past,  or…

POEMS: “Tighten to nothing”

“Tighten to nothing” All things are too small to hold me, I am so vast In the Infinite I reach for the Uncreated I have touched it, it undoes me wider than wide Everything else is too narrow You know this well, you who are also there Tighten to nothing the circle that is the…