Catching Snakes and No-Self

One of the deepest and most difficult teachings of the Buddha is no-self. In fact, we are warned that it can be dangerous if we don't understand clearly this concept. Furthering my study and reflection on this teaching, I read The Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake. In this … Continue reading

Looking Back. Looking Forward.

At twenty-six years old, rocketing out of Silicon Valley at the dawn of the graphical web browser, I went to work as Electronic Media Librarian at University High School in San Francisco. It’s been twenty years since that day, and I have had a very rich and satisfying career serving students and … Continue reading

Graduation Speech at SBCC

As Academic Senate President, I had the honor of speaking to over 500 graduates at Santa Barbara City College on Friday, May 23, 2014. The following are the words I shared. On behalf of the Santa Barbara City College faculty, I welcome you. Welcome to our faculty, our staff, our administrators, … Continue reading

Love Letter to the Earth

Dear Mother Earth, I feel you under my feet. The gravity holding me close to you. You are alive with the energy of soil, water, and minerals. I see your children all around - the birds, the snails, the flies, the hens, the coyote, the rat, the orange blossom, the trees, and the mountains. Dear … Continue reading