out beyond ideas…there is a field

Out Beyond Ideas of Wrong­do­ing and Rightdoing

Out beyond ideas of wrong­do­ing and right­do­ing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, lan­guage, even the phrase “each other“
doesn’t make any sense.


no mud, no lotus

May this dif­fi­culty serve to fur­ther awaken
my com­pas­sion and wis­dom.No Mud, No Lotus
– Tara Brach

May this dif­fi­culty serve to fur­ther awaken
my com­pas­sion and wisdom.

May we exist like a lotus,  At home in the muddy water.
Thus we bow to life as it is.

Caring for the Dying: a way into Living

The Mind­ful­ness Prac­tice Group of Annapo­lis presents

Car­ing for the Dying: a way into Living

March 31, 2021    9AM — Noon
Reg­is­tra­tion 8:45 AM  •  Rec­om­mended dona­tion $10  •  Uni­tar­ian Uni­ver­sal­ist Church of Annapo­lis, 333 Dubois Road, Annapo­lis, Maryland

Being with the dying as care­givers is not just about what we bring to the dying per­son; it is also about our open­ness to the gifts await­ing us, the lessons to be learned that invite us to re-examine the way we live, the way we see our lives. In short, being with the dying is a cat­a­lyst for change.

Dur­ing this work­shop, Rose Mary will share her expe­ri­ence and the lessons she has learned in accom­pa­ny­ing the dying and encour­age par­tic­i­pants to explore their own expe­ri­ence. She will also invite par­tic­i­pants to look at what gets in the way of their sim­ple open pres­ence when com­pan­ion­ing the dying and offer prac­tices that can sup­port them in this mutual ministry.

The expec­ta­tion that we can be immersed in suf­fer­ing and daily loss and not be touched by it is as
unre­al­is­tic as expect­ing to be able to walk through water with­out get­ting wet.     —Rachel Naomi Remen More

after the war – claude anshin thomas

Every time it rains, I walk through war.
—Claude AnShin Thomas








After The War

We each have our own Viet­nam.
—Claude AnShin Thomas

Zaltho Foun­da­tion

holiday greens

from my gar­den,
an enso full of life dur­ing the dark­est days of the year…
love, sarah

miles neale — with his in-your-face style on the importance of ethics and wisdom (insight) on the path


the glass is already broken

One day some peo­ple came to the mas­ter and asked ‘How can you be happy in a world of such imper­ma­nence, where you can­not pro­tect your loved ones from harm, ill­ness and death?’ The mas­ter held up a glass and said ‘Some­one gave me this glass, and I really like this glass. It holds my water admirably and it glis­tens in the sun­light. I touch it and it rings! One day the wind may blow it off the shelf, or my elbow may knock it from the table. I know this glass is already bro­ken, so I enjoy it incred­i­bly.’”
–Achaan Chah Subato

Remem­ber­ing that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of think­ing you have some­thing to lose.“
—-Steve Jobs

the pools — joko beck

The Pools by Char­lotte Joko Beck — Dhar­maweb.

Let’s pic­ture if we can two land­scapes. The first has a deep clear quiet pool, and the sec­ond also has a deep clear quiet pool. The first one is sur­rounded by garbage. The sec­ond one, also sur­rounded by garbage, has an odd char­ac­ter­is­tic — every­one who jumps into the pool takes a lit­tle pile of garbage in with him — and there is some­thing in the pool that eats it up, so it remains quiet and clear.

Which kind of prac­tice are you doing ? Most of us long for deep, bliss­ful sit­ting and, even if our pool of peace is ringed around with garbage, we attempt to not notice it; if the garbage can dis­turb us, we want to ignore it. We don’t like dif­fi­cul­ties; we pre­fer to sit in our peace and not be intruded upon. That’s one type of sit­ting. More

garden fruits



amo la vida


Amo la Vida” is a film by Nic Askew star­ring Julio Olalla