Jushoku’s Meanderings – 3-1-21 – Mar 2021

In December of 2017 we had to demolish the cow barn on the Tendai Buddhist Institute’s main property. The barn itself was over 250 years old and sat about 50 meters from the main house. Originally it was attached perpendicular to the horse barn which we took apart...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 2-1-21 – Feb 2021

Recently I felt as though I had awoken from a year’s long nightmare. Unfortunately, the last five years were not a nightmare, not a dream, but a reality that cost over 400,000 lives, has decimated our economy, exacerbated our environmental challenges,...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 1-1-21 – Jan 2021

Do you know anyone who does not feel that 2020 was the worst year in our lifetime? Do you know anyone who is not looking forward to 2021 with hope and longing for a return to normal? My guess is that your answer is NO. As I started writing this essay, I was thinking...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 12-1-20 – Dec 2020

The last month of 2020 caps a disjointed period that began last March. We were simultaneously subjected to a once in a century pandemic resulting in death, disabilities and torn hearts – economic upheaval for the average person that will be takes years for...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 11-1-20 – Nov 2020

Shumon, Kairen and I spent an hour and a half on the morning of October 24th standing in line and voting at the Columbia County Board of Elections early voting site in Hudson, New York. Standing in line, forfeiting our time (a small sacrifice to be sure), seemed...