To study the Way is to study the Self. To study the Self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
— Dōgen Zenji (1200–1253)
Spring in Vermont is a slow cold affair. Snow comes and then goes, the sun shines and then goes. The land reveals her brown-leafed belly to us, removing her winter blanket over many weeks, not days. Observing this, preferably next to a pot-bellied stove, can be a tremendous lesson in patience, resilience and acceptance. Often times, the everyday mind is given to the impression that the ancient process of the land waking up is tedious, or boring — and yet, the raw, essential beauty here escapes definition .Read More