I recently spent about 2 weeks at Deer Park Monastery. This beautiful, peaceful place is the home of monks and nuns who belong to the Order of Interbeing (founded by Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh) and who practice mindfulness and compassion in daily life. Below are some haiku I wrote while I was there.


thoughts rise, then

sink into ocean

of silence


morning bird

echoed by chirping

smoke alarm


no chasing

in the here and now

I am home


turtle climbs

onto lotus leaf

they both sink


for Buddha

dying was just a

change of clothes


I listen

so you can fully

speak your heart


we look like pilgrims

climbing toward Buddha’s likeness

but we are Buddhas


fly hovers

around my nostril –

don’t inhale!


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