Tag Archives: Dharma


a wind

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I

But when the trees bow down their heads,

the wind is passing by.

Any attempt to define our life force can only fail as it’s impossible to perceive the whole of something of which we are a part.  When we first stepped out of our caves and stubbed a toe on a rock, animism was born. During the Industrial Revolution in Europe, Heaven was depicted as a series of cogs and levels…how many angels could actually dance on the head of a pin?  Of course many people today are happy that we’ve discovered the real movers, shakers and creators in life..quarks!! Innumerbale battles have been fought and precious lives lost in the attempt to prove whose God is right. Yet…we can never see what we are part of..thus all arguments are void. There is, of course a way to experience the all-ness during zazen by letting go of any of our conceptions about it and just simply being part of the whole.

This is the divine mystery beyond words and concepts.


No need to figure out the true theology or philosophy.

Awe and Joy arise simply in being the mystery…

and thus experiencing it everywhere.


Detachment and Engagement with the World

Back in February (2013, while she was still recovering from a health crisis), I asked Jana about detachment. Here is her beautiful response.

In compassion.

Memorial Services

One of the services Jana provides is a Non-Religious memorial service, where there is no mention of God. This is especially helpful to those who die in on the streets and in the SRO hotels in San Francisco. They just need someone to remember them.

In compassion.