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Suiko: the Abbess formerly known as Betsy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Suiko: the Abbess formerly known as Betsy

On a sweltering eve of the August full moon, I knelt before my Buddhist teacher in a beautifully-crafted Japanese-style Zendo at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Carmel, California, surrounded by 70-some monks and visitors and received my dharma name. I had been preparing for the ceremony for nearly two years, sewing a rakusu (patch robe), […]

Moon Questions

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Moon Questions

Full Moon November 12, 2019 moon questions* Where did you come from? (Which side of which place?)   What do you mean, It happens by itself?   When you climb the ladder of light, how do you know when you arrive?   Why do feelings repeat?   How does sound become music? Does color iridesce […]

New Moon October: Counting Stars

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
New Moon October: Counting Stars

My life as an uncounted moon one of uncountable numbers of radiant dark moons Each moment sparks out against a teeming vastness the new presence silhouette/outline defined by absence a momentary star-pass amid dark mountain swells It can be hard to be still— to allow the manifold to manifest wordlessly From looking far and out, […]

More-than-human Moon Song

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
More-than-human Moon Song

Full Moon, October 13, 2019 Growing With Death Autumn in the north Spring in the south What is your journey now? The wind in a dream smells like warm grass emergent, recumbent. The More-Than-Human Moon rises at sunset when full then lays beyond the horizon at sunrise. Repetition repeats anew –seasons, birthdays, anniversaries– creating cyclical […]

Super New Moon in Love

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Super New Moon in Love

September Super New Moon Vows (Spoken To The Beloved Within & The Beloved Without) I vow to return again & again to the space of love: which is defined by a willingness to be vulnerable, naked & real. I vow to return again & again to the space of curiosity: which is a way of […]

Harvest Moon

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Harvest Moon

Full Moon September 2019 Harvest Moon Another unspeakably bright moon. Another friend done gone. Breath breathing breath.  Another conscious movement toward opening—inviting relaxation. A recalibration of vision, focal depth, heartspace & resonance with the surrounds. Summer comes down like dusk fowl on a watery mirror: easing into the balance point of light & dark. Another […]

Black Moon: what if there is nothing wrong with you?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Black Moon: what if there is nothing wrong with you?

New Moon August 30, 2019 You are warmly invited by this Black Moon* to be entirely yourself. A brightly endowed manifestation of the universe  uniquely expressing itself as & through you. A new moon thought experiment: What if there is nothing wrong with you,  you are not actually fucked up, damaged, or unloveable in any […]

Moon of Peaceful Non-Alignment with the Over-Culture

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Moon of Peaceful Non-Alignment with the Over-Culture

Full Moon August 15, 2019 Moon of the Anthropocene, Queer Moon, Moon of Peaceful Non-Alignment with the Over-Culture, Ambiguous Moon, Grief Moon, Moon of Accepting the Body We Have, Deep Listening Moon, Forgiveness Moon, Moon of the No-Longer-Young, Moon of Katabasis, Pilgrimage Moon, Moon of Unknown Scents… Our lives often feel as though they are […]

Transformational Moon Mind

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Transformational Moon Mind

July 3, 2019NEW MOON of summer solstice! Here in the traditional Dawnland of Abenaki Territory, oriented to the north/south flow of the Long (Connecticut) River, Artmonks have been exploring the mysterious nuances of Dark Moon—how to honor this phase of her radiance… The wind blows, bees swarm & afterswarm, it is a time of arrival […]

We Live in a Circle: Summer Solstice 2019

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
We Live in a Circle: Summer Solstice 2019

We live in a circle. Musings on the Summer Solstice  The sun is telling real time, encouraging us to root down, look up & feel out. The Summer Solstice is quintessential paradox: simultaneously the effulgent height of light (longest day of the year) & the beginning of the dimming (every day hereafter is progressively shorter) […]