If You Love, Love Openly

With him lived and studied twenty monks and one nun whose name was Eshon.

Scared

My mind plays tricks on me,
The kind without a laugh,
Spirits haunting memory,
As I walk my solemn path…

Strength

And that their feeling less was somehow brave…

I Miss the Bullets

It may be hard to imagine that a person who writes a blog on their own philosophies, beliefs, and conclusions isn’t a bit narcissistic. And, you would be correct, as I likely am. But the one thing I have found the hardest to talk about, to almost anyone, is my time in military service.

Post Script to ‘I Found My Line’

I put it simply to them, “with each day that goes by my simply writing it gets to be a little more “enough” and the desire to share it fades a little correspondingly”…

The Journey

Tung Jin, the aging Taoist Master of a rural temple in the hills outside of Nanning, was beginning to feel the weight of the many years that had passed since his birth. Although his spirit was still strong, the day to day tasks in seeing to temple business and instructing his students were becoming more … Continue reading

Another Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a great Japanese Master of Zen during the Meiji era, received a university professor who had come to inquire about Zen. Upon arriving, the professor was shown to the formal tea house by Nan-in’s most faithful servant, Chujian. They followed the river stone path as it led through the garden to the tea house. … Continue reading

If You Love, Love Openly

In the small village of Takenaka, there was a small monastery led by a well-revered Taoist Master. With him lived and studied twenty monks and one nun whose name was Eshon. Eshon was very pretty, even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Over time and with no encouragement from Eshon, several monks … Continue reading

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