Posts by Travis

Travis lives and works as an English teacher in rural Japan. While living abroad, his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. During this hard time he had found piece of mind in Buddhism, and in his free time often translates and studies modern Japanese Buddhist texts.

Engaging in the Moment Instead of Wanting to Be Somewhere Else


“Happiness is enjoying the moment for what it is, not what it could be or should be.” ~Unknown

Many of us have been there…

The alarm goes off. In anger, we strike the wretched machine in hopes of getting a few more precious minutes of beauty sleep.

It’s Monday again. The weekend is over and it will be another five days—120 hours, 7,200 minutes, 432,000 seconds—until we throw up our hands again in triumph and say, “Thank goodness it’s Friday!”

We’ve often committed ourselves to the lie that Monday must be terrible. In the U.S., the very idea of hating