Koans are Alive

Palomino horses cantering in field

A student asked Zhaozhou, “Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?  Zhaozhou answered, “No!” On a regular basis I have people asking me “what is a koan and how do I use it?” That seems to be one of those questions that has an endless stream of answers. Life meets Life While on the Open Door Meditation retreat last […]

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Blessings for Being


John O’Donohue, in “To Bless the Space Between Us,” says, A Blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen…When we bless, we are enabled somehow to go beyond our present frontiers and reach into the source. A blessing awakens future wholeness.” As an exercise I have responded to the blessings of the Beatitudes […]

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