wonder and ego: the battle of the soul-longing


Silence. This is the great medicine. To sit in silence and wait, watching one’s breath and mindful of thoughts is the great work of the soul’s freshness. The ego is like a locked room.  Everything in my room is just so.  The right womb, the right family, the right culture,...

elephants and coconuts


The Great Stupa of Shambhaha Mountain Center in Colorado sits nestled in the hills like its own Buddha, sitting, almost cross-legged.  A majestic, colorful sight.  My Zen master told me today that “nothing of the Stupa is casually done - everything is of a design for peace and joy.”   ...

Listening after Easter


“The Celtic mission, inspired by John, remembered him as the beloved disciple who leaned against Jesus at the Last Supper. He had become an image of the practice of listening for the heartbeat of God. This spirituality lent itself to listening for God at the heart of life.”   Listening...

Easter’s kiss


This icon of the harrowing of Hell is one of two main icons in the Easter Tradition.  Liturgically it happens Saturday night but theologically it happens on Easter and beyond…every day…every moment. A friend on Mount Athos wrote it while I was hiking there on my second visit to the...

tea bowls, heavens and hells


  When I sat at my potter’s wheel, and the wheel began to spin, I found myself making tea bowls.  I had no need of them, though some of the great Japanese tea bowls had been on my mind like small children tugging at my clothes… “make us, make us,...

Karma


Being kind feels important to me these days.  My dog and my horse are kind to me.  Karma has many definitions and is generally associated with Buddhism, however I wonder about the great value it could provide to our Christian conversation. It is true that when we ask for forgiveness,...


Brother Eldridge’s Mississippi Corn Bread One batch (serves 8) 4 tbsp bacon grease or butter 1 c. flour 1 c. course cornmeal 4 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp soda 1 ½ c. butter milk 2 lg or 3 sm eggs ¬ preheat oven to 425 ¬ melt butter or grease...

God touched me there


This is kai-the-dog.  He goes where I go but mostly he sleeps or naps or lays there watching me to be sure I am ok. He hates to have his picture taken -looks off as if to be sure to disincline the photographer of taking the picture.  I am his...

Oranges and wafers


There is life in this orange. Glowing, juicy, messy life even touched with blood.  This is an orange from Venezuela; a Cara Cara Orange, distinguishable by its pink hue.  It is sort of a cross between a navel orange and a blood orange.  It is like eating heaven; like eating...

polar bears and backflips


“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell.  Spirituality is for people who have experienced it.” Vine Deloria, JR.  Native American Activist, theologian and historian Perhaps we are working too hard at spirituality.  Perhaps spirituality comes to us, and is borne within us, simply from the encounters we have...