How My Blind Dog Sees

 The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust Recently I had a conversation with a mentor of mine; we discussed the possibility of working together on a project. I took this to be a great compliment and, after the conversation, I was flooded with a sense of gratitude that was so strong, it brought tears to my eyes. Had his generosity elicited this response? Or was it because I knew that collaboration with him could open myriad of inner and outer doors for me? I wasn’t sure. The next day … Continue reading

Good-bye In This Context

It was a week ago that the Venerable Geshe Sopa took his last breath. I have not had a chance to make it to Deer Park to join in with others to chant and pray. In my heart I say good-bye to Geshe-la “in this context.” I am sad that such a beautiful teacher has left us, and grateful for all the teachings I received and for all the teachings and guidance he left for the whole of humanity. He will be missed in this context. This is how I say good-bye to those in my life, “Good-bye in this … Continue reading

How to Invite Superman to the Prom

  “There is no distinction between the one who gives, the one who receives, and the gift itself.” Thích Nhất Hạnh Research shows that expressing gratitude and praising others also benefits the giver. The one who bestows fan mail, handwritten thank-yous, stand-up applause, and verbal praise benefits as much as, if not more than, the one receiving the acknowledgment. Research also reveals that people who praise others are usually emotionally intelligent, confident, and observant, and like making others feel good about themselves. Sounds like a superhero to me. My daughter recently bought her prom dress and is excited about the … Continue reading