Back at work and other activities this week after the traditional holiday « break. » Seems a bit strange, like I’ve been away for a long while, and strangely just the same, as if I’ve never left. I guess the truth is that both are true…
I’ve also been thinking how lucky I am to have « activities » like work and family and household tasks, which at times I consider to be burdensome obligations. How nice it would be to have « total freedom » to write and to devote myself « fully » to cultivating my Zen practice and work as a teacher! Actually, though, I know from experience that the way my life unfolds – just as it is, busy or not – is really, truly the very best « place » for me to « fully » live an awakened life. Right here at my office desk is the ground of awakening!

Yesterday I came across this perfect view from Thich Nhat Hanh:

Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are three precious jewels in Buddhism, and the most important of these is Sangha. The Sangha contains the Buddha and the Dharma. A good teacher is important, but sisters and brothers in the practice are the main ingredient for success. You cannot achieve enlightenment by locking yourself in your room. Transformation is possible only when you are in touch. When you touch the ground, you can feel the stability of the earth and feel confident.

Please stay « in touch » all together in the coming year, my friends.