Hello! It's been a while. All is well with the family, and the days (and nights) are full of wonderful, beautiful and challenging family stuff. Edvard is ten weeks now, August one and a half year, and Alfred is almost seven. It's a constant struggle to get enough sleep and I'm not always my best self, but I'm so grateful and I love them beyond words.
Here is a blog post with some random thoughts and updates...
First of all, I'd like to mention that I'm having an interesting exchange with Mike Cross, who translated the Shobogenzo together with Nishijima Roshi. I'm thrilled that Mike is taking the time to look at my book and I'm looking forward to see if he has any comments, although I already know that he's critical towards some of its central themes. However, I have respect and gratitude for Mike's work and insights, and I appreciate his uncensored directness. Perhaps, with his permission, I can post more of our conversation here later on.
I also want to take the opportunity to say that I'm happy for having been invited to lead a one week sesshin (meditation retreat) near Helsinki in Finland in the summer of 2018. I've been invited by Zen teacher Karen Terzano of the Ordinary Mind Zen organization, and the theme of the retreat will be the meeting of Christianity and Zen Buddhism. It's two years ahead, but I'm already looking forward to it. If you have any thoughts on what should be included in the sesshin, please share. And I hope to see you there!
As I wrote in a previous post, I have the opportunity to go to Upaya Zen Center in May 2017 for their Being with Dying training program. Now the financial matters are settled, thanks to a generous scholarship from the Swedish Hospital Church, so I don't have to worry about that, which is nice. Lately I've been exploring more of the contemplative care field of thought and practice, and I feel deeply inspired and impressed. Among many good things, I'd like to mention the Zencare podcast and a new book called Awake at the Bedside. Please let me know if you have suggestions for further exploration.
Oh, and above is a photo of a little frog that is sitting in our small garden. She is sitting there day and night, in all different kinds of weather and through all seasons. And right now it's summer, the grass is green and it never gets really dark outside. Photo taken close to midnight. Goodnight!