“Right Livelihood is concerned with ensuring that one earns one’s living in a righteous way. For a lay disciple the Buddha teaches that wealth should be gained in accordance with certain standards. One should acquire it only be legal means, not illegally; one should acquire it peacefully, without coercion or violence; one should acquire it […]Continue reading
Year End Things..
I think being accountable and transparent is an important part of being ethical and devoted to healing. So much of my life and livelihood is supported by so many in such varieties of ways, that I am certain to not be able to speak to them all here. After all, causes and conditions are innumerable […]Continue reading
Thesis: Definitions of Terms
I have always found it interesting how people define terms that they use. In this instance I found it necessary to define three terms: Oppression, Healing, and Community. As I was rereading it to post here, I can say that my feelings about these definitions are still there. Feel free to contact me if you […]Continue reading
Practice with Depression..
I have been having a bout of depression which has completely wiped out any ability to actually accomplish much in terms of actual work. As someone who has a long history of clinical depression and have had really had great luck with working medication, this has in some ways been a bit more difficult to […]Continue reading
Audio of My Last Talk
I gave a talk at Gay Buddhist Fellowship of San Francisco. It was focused on my thesis titled, Healing in Oppression: Thoughts from Buddhist Communities and Teachings. You can hear it HERE.Continue reading
Today on Facebook I wrote the following. Part of this comes from my recent focus on trying to write up an ethics statement. Part of it comes from the recent disclosures of yet another abusive teacher, supported by institutional misconduct. Iin recognition of the “not newness” of such a thing, I am feeling the need […]Continue reading
My friend Kenny Yun has taken some incredible photos of me. I am amazed at how they look.Continue reading
News and Updates
I am working on figuring out what is next now that I have graduated, left Zen Center, and managed to take some time to rest, recuperate and recover. I have a wide landscape of choices in front of me, and am trying to make room for myriad things to come forth and awaken me. I […]Continue reading
Thesis: Healing and Experiencing Interdependence
I have been inspired by some recent posts by Rev. Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler over at the website No Zen in The West. He has posted two posts (First this one and then this one) that resonate with the third chapter of my thesis called “Paula Arai’s Theory of Experiencing Interdependence” I thought I would share […]Continue reading
I want to write today about the idea of Dana (often translated as “Generosity”). This is a central idea in Buddhism and one that I think is often confused and unclear for those of us operating in a capitalistic society. The limitations of our cultural relationship to money, support, and “success” leave us with an […]Continue reading