January 2021 14
The Means to an End
Posted By : kate66

There are people on the left and right who believe that their cause is so noble, so vital that they will do anything to see it manifested. Integrity and alleviating suffering are not at the

May 2020 30
Giving Up is Hard to Do
Posted By : kate66

Though it feels like our lives have been radically altered, there are a lot of things the pandemic hasn’t changed at all; it’s just made them more obvious and horrifying. Before the pandemic there was

May 2020 07
Fighting the Waves
Posted By : kate66

There’s a lot to be sad about if you take a look at reality. And of course there’s a lot of beauty. But let’s just say that sometimes beauty itself seems to be a waning

April 2020 25
Surviving
Posted By : kate66

The big theme of my writing, my teaching, my studies, my relationships and my meditation practice is suffering.               I’ve combed through history to find women who’ve been strong despite intense mental and physical traumas. I’ve

April 2020 01
Quarantine Zen
Posted By : kate66

On the yellow wall I face to meditate I taped a three-verse poem written by a 17thcentury Chinese Buddhist nun named Xinggang. She starts:              In the gates and halls of the elders, the work of

March 2020 19
SOLITUDE AND LITERATURE AS REFUGE
Posted By : kate66

For some of us, a mandate to stay home and avoid contact with groups of people is permission to be ourselves.  My ideal relationship is what the poet Rainer Maria Rilke described: “I hold this