Be a light in the world

Sunday, November 6th 2017, a group of us was finishing up a multi-day meditation retreat. Our group of Zen meditation practitioners have been here for four days. During those four days, our schedule included long periods of sitting and walking meditation, 2-3 hours several times a day, working meditation, eating meditation, and free-time periods where we often…

Cut this tomato with love

A few years ago, while I was at a multi-day Zen retreat, I wandered into the kitchen of the place where we were staying. Our group always stayed Kairos House of Prayers in Spokane, Washington. It’s a small property hidden in a secluded area surrounded by acres of pine woods, not too far from the city (only minutes…

Put me anywhere, and I will succeed

That’s what my dad told us when we were kids. It is not the cards you are dealt with, but it’s how you play the cards you have. You see, my parents and their parents grew up in a time when there were a lot of fighting and changes of government in Vietnam. We were occupied…

Leadership biases #MeToo

I ignored the #MeToo movement on social media. I labeled it as just another social media hype that would rise and fall in a few days. Even though I was a survivor, I rarely spoke of my experience or mentioned it to anyone. Why? Because just thinking about it brings back painful memories, and because…

No Mud, No Lotus

Everyone knows we need to have mud for lotuses to grow. The mud doesn’t smell so good, but the lotus flower smells very good. If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus… If you know how to make good use of the mud, you can grow beautiful lotuses. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Hey, I like Pink Too.

I saw a little girl today, about 5 years old. She has a couple pinky hair clips on her hair. She has some missing or angled front teeth and a really bright beautiful smile. She covered her face pretending to be shy to me, and yes, still talked to me to tell me how her…