• Books

    New Book Coming

    I was asked by RebindAi to write the life story of the Buddha, which will be published with commentary by Deepak Chopra. It was one of the best writing experiences I’ve had, trying to walk in the footsteps of Siddhartha and really think about what he experienced.

  • Articles

    Do We Eat the Buddha?

    My latest column at Buddhistdoor Global is about eating the Buddha’s head. Is it right?: “Right” is a pretty terrible translation of the Sanskrit word samma, which could be considered more like being in harmony. Saying something is harmonious sounds less judgy than saying it’s right, and when tweens think they are…

  • Fiction

    Brother Ron

    I wrote this story while a graduate student at Hunter College’s MFA program. With support from my professors Peter Carey and Column McCann, and my fellow students, I feel it got close to what I wanted. It won first prize in the Glimmer Train Magazine fiction open, which was very…

  • Articles

    New Column on Buddhistdoor Global

    I am delighted to have this opportunity to write about my experience as a dharma educator for children, school founder, and curriculum developer for Buddhistdoor Global (BDG). This first article addresses the issue of dharma as religion versus dharma as the way things are and how that can impact the…

  • News

    Reading at Books of Wonder on October 2

    I’ll be reading How Do You Know on October 2, 6 PM in New York City 42 West 17th St. Come along! This is a panel with 3 other children’s book writers. They are asking for RSVPs here. Join Books of Wonder for This Exciting Picture Book Event! These four…

  • Articles

    NY Times

    An article I wrote for the NY Times about a cross country trip with my teacher: When the Guru Calls Shotgun. Published May 2013. I’ll look for the photo of the back of Rinpoche’s head mentioned in the article and post later.

  • News

    Reading at Rough Draft on October 15

    I’ll be reading from my book How Do You Know What You Know at 11 AM on Saturday, October 15 at Rough Draft Bookstore in Kingston. It’s a wonderful place to gather. Please come! Bring the kids. And bring something that you consider “family heritage”. My dream is to have a…

  • Books

    I wrote a book for children

    When a child told me that a certain politician was rotten I was tempted to say “yes, he is!” But I stopped because I realized this child was simply parroting something they heard at home and not thinking for himself. So I asked “what makes you think that?” Which led…