In his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Suzuki Roshi succinctly pointed to our original nature as our true nature -- unfabricated, unfiltered, disentangled from preconceptions that color our view.
"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few," the book begins.
When my children were younger I was adamant about having only two-wheeled modes of transport in our house; no trikes, no big wheels, no three-wheeled scooters, no training wheels. “You’re torturing them,” the grandparents scoffed. “They need real bikes, ones they can actually learn on,” they warned. But I, with the strong support of my husband, held firm. We introduced the Strider, a pedal-less bike designed to help children transition smoothly from it to
Fifty years ago today, JetsunTenzinPalmo was ordained as a novice Buddhist nun by KhamtrulRinpoche, one of the first Western women to take the vows. Forty years ago on the same date, she became the first Western woman to be fully ordained. It was an auspicious occasion -- Jetsunma is still teaching, re-established a lineage of Tibetan nuns, and is fighting for women to get the teachings they've been denied for centuries.
I used to be scared to fly when I was a kid, but now takeoffs and landings are my favorite parts of a flight. I've been on many planes in the past few years, seen a lot of takeoffs and landings, and truth be told, you can't see much detail from 2,000 feet up. But I hope I never get used to it. I hope I always snap to attention and gaze out the window while departing from Earth and descending into a new locale, wondering what adventures and experiences await me in this new land.