Sunday, September 20, 2020

Marking six months of daily meditation practice, a lifetime record

 What once seemed difficult and remarkable is now the norm: I meditate at least forty minutes daily, without fail. Now I consider meditating twice a day as a possible new goal, as well as similar discipline for exercise. While I have gone on retreats of two to six weeks of meditation in past decades, for a total of six months of full time retreat, I always lost momentum after returning to regular life under the pressure of work. Now that I work part time and the quarantine is in effect, I have found it easier to sit every day. My main practice is dzogchen trekcho. I find this very effective, for want of a better word. Many thanks to my teachers and to my wife of nineteen years, who is very supportive! Several friends have reached out for help starting mindfulness practice and I am doing what I can. I recommend two books called “How to Meditate”, one by Pema Choden, who is one of my primary teachers, and one by Kathleen McDonald, who was a friend in college who went on to become a Buddhist nun. I recommend a friend for remote meditation instruction, Lori Wong, who trained at Spirit Rock, among other places. Let me know if you want more information.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Historically Black Owned Colleges update

The writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott was formerly married to Jeff Bezos and is the third richest woman in the world as a result of the divorce settlement. She pledged to give away the money to good causes. One focus of her giving is racial equity. She has so far donated $587 million dollars to this cause, most of it to HBOCs, as documented in A post on Medium. Blessings to her for her generosity!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

One hour interview with Bruce Kunkel

My friend Bruce Kunkel interviewed for an hour on a podcast. He is a founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, played on the second Mothers of Invention album, reads about 200 books/year, is a real thinker and a great person!
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