why wait?

we don’t have to wait for life to be perfect, to have joy.

we don’t have to wait for life to be just right, to love.

why wait?

the miracle, the grace may just be that we can love and have joy even in the midst of ours and the world’s pain. we don’t have to live only in our pain, in suffering.

an open heart, our open hearts, have the capacity to be with all of what life is – the pain, the joy, the loss, the love. to be present with all of what life brings, is to be alive, is to be awake.


#OpenHeart #authenticity #life #love #suffering #joy #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga

begin anew…

begin anew.

though the current pandemic has brought much worry, loss and suffering (physical health, mental health, economic health), it has also brought us the opportunity to both individually and collectively stop and reflect on our lives, our relationship to family, friends, work, and in broader terms industry, economy, healthcare, animal consumption, and the environment – more specifically climate change (or more accurately, climate destabilization).

the hard truth we are facing, the physical reality that exists no matter our wishes or spin, is that we are interconnected and our actions (both beneficial and harmful) have real world immediate and long term consequences. we should no longer live like we are in our own silo. we should no longer live like we can consume infinitely without cost to overall life, both human life in terms of poverty, hunger and eventual extinction, and also animal life in terms of hunger and extinction.

the desire to go backwards is understandable, but a return to familiar normalcy (as loaded as that word is) is likely over. the delusion is that we can return to the same or the way things were within a life that is always changing – transitioning – transforming.

life is always a movement forward. life is always renewal. we can not recreate what was, we must adapt and create what will be. creating what will be is a reset, a chance to begin anew, an opportunity to live in harmony – invoking balance, empathy, compassion, kindness, and generosity.

this is moment can be a call to wake up.

what does it look like to live in a world that truly cares for all life, that puts a priority on wellness and happiness, and economic balance without over consuming resources to the detriment of other life – human, animal, plant?

we are in a liminal space – a transitional space – where we have the opportunity to fully realize, recognize and appreciate that we are not alone, we are Life, and we can begin anew. there’s great comfort and hope in that.

may this opportunity not be lost.


#BeginAnew #FreshStart #opportunity #life #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

you are life…

you are life.

it’s easy to forget this with much news of illness and death – and illness and death are a part of life!

we see it both in our own seemingly personal stories and in the larger collective story of Us. which is often not too dissimilar to ours in terms of illness, loss, death (and don’t forget joy, laughter, and love!).

if we take time to simply sit with life – just sitting, breathing – allowing what see and hear without attachment to names, to stories, we give ourselves an opportunity to see life at a larger scale, and how we and all living things are Life.

it is both humbling, and awe inspiring to wake up to an awareness that we ARE life, the pig IS life, sparrow IS life, the shark IS life, the insect IS life, the tree IS life. who is to say who is more valuable? life flows through all and all strive to live.

if we take the time to really look deeply at our participation in life it also is both humbling and awe inspiring. what did you do to get here? if it weren’t for your parents coming together, you wouldn’t exist. if it weren’t for the care you’ve received early on and even now through opportunities given by others, where would you be? surely your life would be different. maybe better, maybe worse. working hard is important, but none of us do this alone.

going deeper – without the sun, the nutrients within the soil, the water in the oceans, the oxygen from the forests, without the earliest collisions of asteroids with the earth, we would not exist. it is this co-arising phenomena that has created the perfect balance for us to exist.

all at once we can feel humbled by our smallness, yet so filled with awe that we exist within and are inextricably a part of this thing – Life.


#YouAreLife #life #interdependence #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

you are not alone…

you are not alone.

there is a world community sharing this pandemic experience. we truly are interdependent and interconnected.

we have the opportunity to practice empathy and compassion for each other and all life.


#YouAreNotAlone #life #community #Sangha #interdependence #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

nature’s healing…

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

~ John Muir

may we reconnect with nature and it’s healing presence.

we cannot overestimate our need for this connection. we are interdependent with nature and all life. to be connected to, to be in union with nature, is to be connected to and in union with ourselves.


#nature #healing #interdependence #EngagedBuddhist #MedicineBuddha #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

we practice for the world and all of life…

Even if you practice zazen so earnestly that you break through the floor, if your practice is only for yourself it will come to nothing.


Zen Master Dogen

“off the mat into the world”…”sit down, rise up”….

the quote and phrases above note the distinction between meditation as just self-help (which can also be a good thing) and as a practice and path to relieve suffering for all.

in Buddhism meditation practice is inextricably tied to ethics as a path to waking up. we are interdependent in our existence and we are a community in our waking up. the core of the practice is one of compassion, toward oneself and all life to relieve suffering. how can we leave anyone out?

when we sit, we not only sit for ourselves that our hearts may continually open and our minds may be calm and steady, but also for the rest of the world and all life, that we may be instruments of love and peace.


#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #meditation #practice #SitDownRiseUp #OffTheMatIntoTheWorld #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #JMWart #JinpaLhaga