The heart as Breezeway

A breezeway is an architectural description of a space between two buildings, sometimes covered, that allows air to flow through. I am entirely in love with the concept of the heart as a breezeway, wide open to the wind, allowing everything to come and go without holding or judging. There is a marvelous Buddhist stories book, called "Opening the door of your heart" by Ajahn Brahm, which gives a powerful teaching about what it is to open the heart, and why we should do it. You will not keep harm and suffering bound to you if it just flows through. Observe and let it go, let it flow. We think that we will be hurt if we open the heart, but the truth is opposite. Holding on to harmful, hurtf

Sutra humor...who knew!

My most beloved teacher and spiritual father, Master Sha, is originally from China. His English is excellent and several thousand times better than my Chinese. That said, occasionally I still am not always entirely clear on what he has just said, especially when the teaching is coming like a great firehose of wisdom. Recently at a retreat Master Sha gave several hours of incredible teaching regarding the great sutra of Avolokiteshvara, the Heart Sutra. One of the phrases was about the teaching that helps us to be free of attachments, desires and distinguishing. I heard in my head the words, "lighted goal." I thought, how lovely! A little puzzled, but filled with enthusiasm for the teach

© 2023 by Natural Remedies. Proudly created with