Sophia Means Wisdom, and it is Wise to Sail with her.


My partner, Ryan, and I recently bought a boat named Sophia, which means Wisdom, and we are both very wisely deciding to spend the next few years sailing this vessel around the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  Cruising these waters is something we have always wanted to do, and we decided to go now that we are in … More Sophia Means Wisdom, and it is Wise to Sail with her.

Dhammapada, 1:1-2


All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind, Made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind, And suffering follows As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox. All experience is preceded by mind, Led my mind, Made by mind Speak or act with a peaceful mind, And happiness follows Like … More Dhammapada, 1:1-2

What love does for you


Life is going fairly well at the moment.  I’m so happy, in fact, that I haven’t once descended in my usual grinchy, grumpy pre-Christmas mood.  Christians insisting on coercing or manipulating or guilting me and all other Americans into celebrating the holidays as THEY insist you should, believing in the same implausible theories about the … More What love does for you

Namo Buddha (Hail to the Buddha) and Nepali Women


3 July 2, 2011 Yesterday I visited an important Buddhist shrine, Namo or Naya Buddha, with two other volunteers, Shannon and Darima, and a group of Hindu women from the Women’s Center. I teach these Nepali women English, and they taught me more about Nepali spirituality than any book or article I’ve read.  They don’t … More Namo Buddha (Hail to the Buddha) and Nepali Women

Pittsburgh to Doha


I’m taking my son, Brendan, to Nepal, for two months this summer.   At first he was really excited, but now he tells me that he does not quite understand why he feels so miserable about leaving the United States and going to teach English in a Buddhist monastery.  He worries that he will not know … More Pittsburgh to Doha

Naked Truth


The quotation from Schiller, “Kannst du nicht allen gefallen durch deine Tat und dein Kunstwerk, mach’ es wenigen recht; vielen gefallen ist schlimm,” loosely translated, reads “If your deed and your art do not please everyone, do it as well as you can; pleasing everyone sucks.” The painting scandalized bourgeois Viennese art viewers because it … More Naked Truth