Merwin the mighty

One of the great privileges of my life — aside from being a husband and a father, of course — was meeting W.S. Merwin. He was eager to get home to Hawaii, to his wife, to his gardens, but we talked for about an hour while he was visiting Claremont McKenna College a few years ago. … Continue reading Merwin the mighty

The zen of sleep: new in bookstores

Every day, we're at war. The mind has plans, the body has different plans. The time when we're most aware of this war is when we climb in bed at night. Buddhist practices are applied to just about everything in a flood of new books--and is that a good thing? I'm not always sure. I … Continue reading The zen of sleep: new in bookstores

Battle of the Buddhas: new in bookstores

Standing in a retail line on this infamous day, Black Friday, I heard someone (couldn't help hearing) on their cellphone behind me. "It's crazy, but I'm good. I've done a lot of shopping," the person said. "I'm just trying to be Zen about it." That's a great goal for dealing with the shopping madness, but … Continue reading Battle of the Buddhas: new in bookstores