Ill Will

January 19, 2017

I’m with John Lewis. I plan to boycott the Tr*mp inaugural. Not in the flesh, of course, but at least on television. I’ll not watch it. I’m in agreement with the Congressman that the Tr*mp presidency is not legitimate. There are just too many indications that the election was not…

Panic Attack, Revisited

January 18, 2017

I had an interesting exchange yesterday on my Facebook page when a reader responded to my entry expressing fear about the coming Tr*mp inauguration. Noting that one of my blogs is called “The Buddha Diaries,” he wrote, I could “obviously” not have been practicing meditation if I was experiencing the feelings I expressed…

Panic Attack

January 17, 2017

I cannot remember ever having been so riddled with anxiety about the future of our country and the world. There has never been a comparable situation before this. We are on the eve of inaugurating a “president” of the United States […] whose unpreparedness for the office is monumental

The Deal

December 20, 2016

I find myself shuddering every time I hear that word, these days: the “deal.” Everything, it seems, in Tr*mpworld, is reduced to the deal, no matter whether it has to do with trade, where it seems appropriate, or health care, education, foreign relations… where it isn’t…

Slow Looking

December 15, 2012
Cover Image: Slow Looking by Peter Clothier

Slow Looking describes and elaborates on the author’s “One Hour/One Painting” sessions, an idea he developed to practice a different, more profound and more rewarding way of looking at art.  It combines the practices of meditation and contemplation, asking participants to sit for a full hour in front of a single work of art.  Slow […]

Mind Work

March 1, 2012
Cover Image: Mind Work by Peter Clothier

In this collection of short, highly readable essays Peter Clothier explores his past and present in the effort to discern which parts of his life are essential and which might be left behind. Within the framework of an active Buddhist meditation practice, Mind Work is an authentic search for the creative core through a process […]

The “Mosque”

September 1, 2010

A new friend and reader of my blog, The Buddha Diaries, challenged me — whether consciously or not—to offer my own thoughts on the brouhaha around that “mosque” planned for a location two blocks for the site of the World Trade Center. My friend…


January 16, 2010
Cover Image: Persist by Peter Clothier

Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce is a collection of essays spanning thirty years of engagement with the culture of our times. Peter Clothier is a long-time student of the dharma and a meditation practitioner. In this context he examines the qualities of compassion, perseverance, and discernment […]