I’m a wife and mother as well as a Zen Buddhist priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles.
I write about spirituality in everyday life. My latest book is Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden (New World Library, May 2014). I also wrote Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life (New World Library, 2010) and Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood (Shambhala, 2006) My writing is also included in several anthologies. The most recent are Buddha’s Daughters (Shambhala 2014), The Best Buddhist Writing 2013 (Shambhala, 2013), The Mindful Way Through Pregnancy (Shambhala, 2012), The Mindfulness Revolution (Shambhala, 2011) and Right Here With You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships (Shambhala, 2011).
My middle name is pronounced “May-zen” and it is my dharma name, or Buddhist name. I’m happy to speak to community groups, schools, churches or conferences – any group that wants to be transported to a realm of calm assurance and infinite patience in 90 minutes or less. I also lead retreats around the country. For information about where I’m speaking soon, look here. For details about upcoming retreats, check here. Contact me to arrange an appearance near you.
My husband, daughter and I live in Sierra Madre, California, where we have a century-old Japanese garden in our backyard.
Author photo by Stacy de la Rosa.