This hot summer Sunday afternoon in Paris finds me at my desk, typing this post on the eve of our Heart of Life Retreat. Probably nowhere else I’d rather be at this moment.

Right now, this is my life. Right here, this is my practice.

In a Zen koan, a student asks a teacher:

« What is the constant activity of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas? »

The teacher replies: « Responding appropriately. »

During our retreat this week, we’ll look at what that means, « responding appropriately. » A good place to start is right here, right now, taking to heart the words of the graffiti artist in the picture above: It is all so new to me!

And if you haven’t signed up yet for the retreat and want to do so, or if you want more info, write to us here: