The Tao on Humility

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu

2017-06-30T21:33:44+00:00 June 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Practical Humility

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised.”
― Andrew Murray

2017-06-26T20:32:02+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Practical Humility


On Sat, June 6, a magnificent statue of Lord Ganesha was installed in the stairwell leading up to the Institute.  It is the generous donation of a sangha member, Will Tyagan Abel, who acquired it from Bali, where it was carved from river rock. Weighing about 400 lbs, it took 5 of us to lift it into place, where it is surrounded by some of the most prolific and exquisite roses our garden has ever produced.

We immediately did an arati and made petal offerings to welcome Lord Ganesha’s presence.

2017-06-23T21:47:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Ganesha

The Benefit of Looking Up to Others

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

2017-06-21T20:12:43+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on The Benefit of Looking Up to Others