the world shouldn’t be like this

On the other hand, I’m appalled at the world. Disheartened and disenchanted. My boss had to ride BART into work today. And while she was on the train, she caught sight of a man across the way who kept staring at her and shaking his head — something she gets a lot of being a black lesbian. But as the guy the was getting off the train, he said to her “Fuckin’ dyke,” and then spat on her before running out to MacArthur station.

Last week at San Quentin

Next week is my last week at San Quentin. I have mixed feeling about that. One the hand, I’m sort of relieved. Teaching at times is tiring work. Coupled with my own, personal academic goals and a full-time summer job, this teaching gig is one more thing on an already pretty crowded plate. It will […]

the home stretch

I’ve got a brand new apartment. Which is a half-truth. It’s a new apartment, to be sure, since I’ve only lived here for six months or so. But it’s also a new-new apartment in the sense that I’ve just finished cleaning it and rearranging some furniture and hanging some art and making it livable again. […]


It’s occurred to me as I’m going through all these revisions to my site that Buddhaworld is officially one year old. That it was the last week of June last summer that I went live, so to speak. On the one hand, I feel like there ought to be some modicum of fanfare, some bit […]

bodhisattva work

Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form. This is the big idea in all the praj&#241a-paramita sutras. Paramita means “perfection,” that which leads to the other shore of awakening. Praj&#241a means wisdom. This is one of the fundamental practices of bodhisattvas, of those who strive to awaken all living things. But not just any wisdom. It’s […]