With a little encouragement from my friend Christopher King, I discovered Buddhism as a way of life in 1989. At the time, I was transitioning out of the Veteran Administration’s outpatient drug and alcohol program in Salt Lake City and I was looking for a practice to sustain me. I was looking for an approach to living that would help me stay sober, positive, healthy, and alive.
Zen practice is about meeting and sharing what’s alive in each moment. It’s about freeing ourselves from our moldy habits and rigid preconceptions so we can let go into the freshness of each moment.
Contemplative practices aim to help us deepen our already real but obscured capacity to live wisely and compassionately, and to love. They help us tune in to the only life we have, as it is, right now.