Thoughts on the Tao

The universe appears as mostly empty space. 
Yet it is filled with a hidden
and inexhaustible energy
that has existed since before the beginning
of beginning-less time.
So we can relax and let our tension drain away, 
for we belong to this.

The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 4

Trust is becoming more central to my life.
It’s not that I think my every whim will be indulged,
it’s that I trust that I belong,
not as a coat belongs to its wearer… (go to post)

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My path has been a winding one, through roles as an engineer, a minister, a psychotherapist, a college instructor in the humanities, a Zen teacher, a retreat and seminar leader, and author. It has led me to explore beliefs and ways of living, including Zen Buddhism, Christianity, and Taoism. I have lived in cities and towns and in the countryside. I have run marathons, hiked in the desert, in mountains and forests, and have found great beauty in the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong. For more than 40 years, I have translated, written about, and pondered the Tao Te Ching. Today, I live with my wife, Nancy, in the foothills of the beautiful and sacred Mount Shasta, from where I teach, offer counseling to groups and individuals, and write. (A bit more of my journey here)