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November 3, 2021
Hello again Laura, I cannot believe another week has passed already. I am saddened that there are only two weeks left to the group. But I wholeheartedly intend to keep up the practices and tools I’ve re-incorporated into my daily life since beginning this course.
November 2, 2021
One day Suzuki Roshi said, “Life is basically impossible.” Then he got up and left the zendo. The next day a student asked, “Suzuki Roshi, yesterday you said that life is basically impossible. What are we going to do?” “You do it,” he replied, “every day.”
November 2, 2021
There is a precious little country in South America with 3 ½ million people and 30 million free range cows getting fat on the rich pampas grass that grows wild there. This young country, established in 1825, is called Uruguay, “river of the painted birds.”
November 2, 2021
On October 15th, at the tail-end of a long dry season, we convened a dream team of experts in water and soil ecology to develop a restoration plan for the Land’s hydrological cycle and soil health.
November 2, 2021
A tenet of Unconditional Freedom is to fill what is empty and empty what is full. Seven months ago, we started a mini-farm at Mendocino County’s Juvenile Hall, carving four,...
October 5, 2021
by Caryn Roth At Love to Table, we use food as the means to bring love, to sneak it into the rejected places, the crevices that may not often receive...
October 5, 2021
by Jay Holecek As a chef who has worked with food from all over the world, I find it very fulfilling to preserve and value add common ingredients that would...
October 5, 2021
You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything: the darkness of each infinite fall, the shivering blaze of each step up.
October 5, 2021
Like for any garden startup, we were concerned the land at the juvenile detention center would be barren. The very first order of business was to rent a rototiller to break up the soil.
October 5, 2021
The book Free People tackles the concept of ‘justice’ from a different perspective. Unlike current approaches to justice — ‘social justice,’ ‘procedural justice,’ ‘restorative justice,’ ‘retributive justice,’ and ‘distributive justice’ — it focuses on growing the generative capacity of the individual to withstand external conditions — of pain, inferiority, oppression, poverty — and grow from them into a deeper understanding of, and ultimately, union with, one’s antagonist.
October 4, 2021
When the figs are ripe, they are ripe, and there is no denying them. On Cape Cod we have this particular purple fig that starts producing gorgeous ripe fruit towards the end of August. We brought this fig from our house in Connecticut. The tree was a baby at the time.
September 7, 2021
… Ways of worshiping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another. It’s all praise, and it’s all right. It’s not Me that’s glorified in acts of worship. It’s the worshipers! I don’t hear the words they say. I look at the humility.