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Thesis: Definitions of Terms

Published on Oct 24th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, School, Thesis

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 […]

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Practice with Depression..

Published on Sep 30th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, Story

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 […]

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Audio of My Last Talk

Published on Sep 12th, 2017 in News

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.

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Just Stay

Published on Jul 25th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection

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 […]

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Some Photos

Published on Jul 24th, 2017 in Media

My friend Kenny Yun has taken some incredible photos of me.  I am amazed at how they look.

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News and Updates

Published on Jul 24th, 2017 in News

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 […]

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Thesis: Healing and Experiencing Interdependence

Published on Jun 4th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, School, Thesis

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 […]

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Generosity

Published on May 25th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection

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 […]

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Thesis: Introduction

Published on May 5th, 2017 in School, Thesis

I will post some parts of my thesis here.  If you want to see the entire thing just contact me.  Because of the nature of the writing these are likely to be longer posts and very academic sounding.  I do hope you will make comments or let me know what you think.  I will try […]

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Transitions

Published on Apr 2nd, 2017 in News, Reflection, School

I have finished my thesis and filed it.  All there is to do now is the graduation ceremonies in May.  This has been a 10 year process, and I am excited, relieved, nervous and trying very hard to not do anything until after the ceremonies. Feel free to contact me if you want to see […]

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