lotus petals & the four noble truths of intergenerational relationships

It was close. The various plans for holiday celebrations had been set for some time after that psychological window of a snowy Christmas. Still, it was a relief to have a dusting over the landscape followed by a 20-cm literal windfall a few days later. This space between the Christmas and New Year festivities can be trying as much as […]

robai-shin: entering the heart of ancestral recipes

“You understand all of Buddhism, but you cannot go beyond your abilities and your intelligence. You must have robai-shin, the mind of great compassion. This compassion must help all of humanity. You should not think only of yourself.” I can’t find the source of the quote attributed to Dogen, who apparently said it to the […]