Good Disasters

Disaster Rice Tabbouleh

Disaster Rice Tabbouleh (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

Zen Buddhist Espe Brown is “firmly convinced that having fiascos is an unavoidable part of learning to cook and a pivotal aspect of growing up. If you want to be a cook, if you want to come into your own, you will meet fiascos along the way.”

I’m thinking there are clearly many more fiascos than what we encounter when cooking.

Whenever I come up short, I deal with frustration, possibly a few bruises, an ego that will need taming and, eventually, the realization that there’s more work to be done.

After all, even the Dalai Lama says that you can “learn the most from difficulty. “

Schedule the next sesshin, bring on the hip throws, and let me get at those unforgiving watercolors. Fiascos in waiting certainly reside in these practices for me.

Where do you go to meet your fiascos?


One Response to “Good Disasters”

  1. All the things of this material world present me with little worry. What do they amount to? All of my fiascos, the place I go carrying difficulty in a sack, the place that requires the situational awareness of a ninja, the concentration of a chess player, patience of a priest and mind of zen: people.

    Be at peace,


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