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Standing in the Stream of Ancestors

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Walking, I am listening to a deeper way.
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.
~Linda Hogan (Native American writer)


This time of year, with golden aspen and cottonwood leaves falling all around, my heart opens to the truth of impermanence. I feel much more awareness of those who are no longer here with us but who live on within us in so many ways. Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead, observed on November 1–is a time to remember our ancestors. In the spiritual tradition that I practice, Zen Buddhism, there is also a great emphasis on being part of a stream of ancestors–a lineage of wise ones and teachers who came before us and who continue to support us.

What does it mean to stand in a stream of ancestors?


The Dharma of Money

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This article is based on a dharma talk that I gave at Upaya Zen Center on May 11, 2016.
To listen to the podcast of the recorded talk, click here.

If you’re interested in exploring the possibility of having me lead a Dharma of Money workshop for your sangha, please contact me here.


Money is a powerful force in our lives.

On the one hand it’s simply a piece of paper. It’s just a symbol, and yet such a powerful one. How can we relate to money from the perspective of a meditation practice? How can it be a vehicle for doing harm, but also for doing good, for empowering people and causes?

Let’s start with this…. What is money, and where did it come from?


May The Circle Be Unbroken

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photo: Katya Lesher (


Damnit, it happened again.

I walked by a circle of stones I had created near an arroyo close to my home and noticed that someone had taken it apart. For the fourth time this month.

This circle, a kind of medicine wheel, has been my way of connecting with the four directions and elements; of remembering the power of earth, air, water, and fire. It’s a practice that was inspired by watching my friend Katya do this on the land we lived on a few years ago, and before that by another friend Sangsuree, who was the very embodiment of that power of the elements.

So here I was, on my morning walk with Lucy when I noticed that some mysterious person had removed the stones I had so carefully arranged – yet again. Some of the rocks were quite large and heavy. This person had gone to the trouble of lifting them up and carrying or throwing them across the arroyo. They had also removed all the smaller stones that encircled the tree trunk at the center of this circle.