Which is More Private: Sex, Religion or Money?


I would suggest for most of us we keep our money lives more private than either sex or religion. We also keep our sex lives private, of course and our religious understanding is shared mostly with family and fellow travelers. …

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Every Home a Sanctuary


I recently published this on the New Buddhist Methodist Church site. Thought I’d publish it here, too: The Quakers sent me a neat poster this week with the words, “Sanctuary Everywhere.” Made me think I wanted to hang it in …

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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate


I was very surprised. I actually got inspired about politics recently, just by reading Al Franken’s  new book.  His book inspired me such that I might even attend a city council  meeting.  (How inspired and crazy is that?) But first, …

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The Abbot, Abbess, as Spiritual Principle


When we first elected the Abbot to be the abbot of HMM, just because he’d been here the longest and loved the monastic life–  at least in theory– more than most of us—well, more than some of us– and understood …

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Be Still


Zen garden in winter. white rocks, white snow. My quiet upper window reminder.

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My New Strategy: Don’t Click on All the Trump Rants


It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.   — Mahatma Gandhi My new strategy is to not click on all the Trump rants, both for him and …

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Merry Christmas, Merry Revolution


The daily routine at Heart Mountain Monastery doesn’t change much during the Christmas season-=- okay, the holiday season. That’s one reason why we get quite a few folks asking if they might come stay during this time. The ordinariness, and …

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Blunting the Boy Bully: The Gandalf Nuremberg Strategy


“ When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think …

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  Leonard Cohen Awarded Knighthood, Sainthood


“Death is not extinguishing the light. It is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore When those of us living at Heart Mountain Monastery heard the news of Brother Leonard’s passing, we asked the …

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7 Things to Do Now that Trump Will Be President


Yes, of course, we are stunned, dumbstruck, incredulous, heartbroken. But what on earth can we do about it?  Here are seven “first responder” suggestions, to begin to heal: We can go ahead, bitch, moan, complain, tear out our hair, even …

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Should Monks and Nuns Vote for Hillary or Donald?


“ Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy – Ernest Benn Yes, we monks and nuns will probably vote for one or the other, (more …

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How To Pray for Donald Trump


          “I’d pray for the m.f’er to be thrown off his yacht, with cinder blocks chained to each leg,”  one poker playing monk buddy responded when I brought up the question of how we should pray …

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How to be a Monk or a Nun & Bring Peace on Earth in Five Easy Seconds

I was recently asked to return to my old counseling job to fill in for an old colleague who had been forced to take a leave of absence.  At first, it was to be quite temporary, just a week or …

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Pilgrimage with the Abbot

The Abbot and his wife and I and my wife will soon (August 9th) be off on a five week pilgrimage to monasteries and holy places in England and Scotland. If you want to subscribe to my journal for his …

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Artist-Monk Identity = First Identity


     I’ve recognized I’m probably more artist-monk than anything else. Jut for fun I recently “numbered” my various identities in accordance with which ones fit best. “Artist Monk” comes out #1. (“Bear Jack Gebhardt” comes out at #2. Like …

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Cowboy Satsang, Unity Church and the $4.00 Movie:

Towards Building an Infrastructure for Non-Duel Meet-ups


Went to a satsang last night at our local Unity Church.  (“Satsang at Unity”: A promising combo, yes?) Alas, I guess I have too much cowboy in me, or cranky old geezer or new millennium artist to go along with …

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Why We Drink Beer and Smoke Bud: the Big Mind

Had a few monks over after work on Friday to drink some beer, smoke a little herb and play bocce ball. (All three of these are legal recreations, here in Colorado.) Last year in my back yard I put in …

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The Cheshire Cat as Monk or Nun


The Basic Renunciation +++At Heart Mountain Monastery our basic “renunciation practice” is to renounce crabbiness, unhappiness, worry, ill-at-ease-ness. We intuit that the ideal daily life of a contemporary monk or a nun is a life of joy, of peace and …

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Lately, I’ve been happy being a monk. In fact, when telemarketers call, and start in on their spiel, I often politely interrupt and tell  the economically enslaved person on the other end of the line,  “Sorry, friend, we are monks and …

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The “Muddy I” Inquiry


Was hiking in the hills (through the mud) with some friends a day or so ago, and as friends and hikers are want to do, ended up talking about the bigger picture.  One thread led to another and, as we …

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