Notes on a Buddhist path

Unbecoming

September 1, 2014 By | 8 Comments

Icarus

The starlings rise and glint, skimming against the pale blue parchment sky, murmurs of living kites dipping and sliding on strings of invisible awareness breaching the abiding sea. They bank to the right and then left, winged … [Read more]

The World is Burning

July 27, 2014 By | 11 Comments

Mideast Israel Palestinians

"Monks, all is burning.... Burning with what? Burning with the fire of greed, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of delusion...." ~ The Buddha Sitting again with my teacher, Ajahn Sona, was a cool breeze of ease in the heat of these summer … [Read more]

A New Citizen

June 1, 2014 By | 13 Comments

A New Citizen

"The untold want by life and land ne'er granted, Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find." ~ Walt Whitman Seven days ago I became a Canadian citizen. Many people have called me brave for crossing a border and choosing to live in a land to … [Read more]

An Extra Ordinary Retreat

April 21, 2014 By | 6 Comments

Seeking_human_kindness

“I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me, That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea... There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute, except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence … [Read more]

The Sizzle

March 30, 2014 By | 2 Comments

Hamburgers sizzling on my stove

"Don't sell the steak. Sell the sizzle." ~ Elmer Wheeler I must admit, I have a crush on this world. With its smiling dogs and breaching buds of flowers that have dreamt all winter long of this day. Wrapping myself along the edge of the ocean for a … [Read more]

The Agony of Defeat

February 23, 2014 By | 5 Comments

Defeated soccer player on shoal

Victory leads to hatred,for the defeated suffer.The peaceful live happily,beyond victory and defeat. Dhammapada, v. 201 A few hours ago, Canada won their third gold medal in the last four Olympics in men's hockey. To some this may be a blip on a … [Read more]

No body

February 16, 2014 By | 8 Comments

'Nude_Back,_Study'_by_Frank_Duveneck,_Cincinnati_Art_Museum

"I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me." ~ Herman Hesse Two years ago, I posted an article here about what it was like for me to see myself in photographs and on canvas, nude, … [Read more]

The Grand Pause

December 28, 2013 By | 10 Comments

Silhouetted_birds_in_a_tree_(7515037378)

"All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke On Christmas day I gazed upon tiny birds bounding from branch to branch of the bare chestnut tree rooted outside my window. Set against the taut … [Read more]

I think I am…

December 8, 2013 By | 12 Comments

2009- In the Mist

Being far from home is hard, but you know, at least we are exiled together. ~ David Whyte Back in the early 17th century, René Descartes proclaimed the philosophical anthem that would become a fundamental lynchpin of Western thinking: cogito ergo … [Read more]

Killing me softly

October 27, 2013 By | 6 Comments

Writer's Block

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac It's been a while since I've sat down to inhabit the blog realm of words. The last time was nearly a month ago when an epiphany of sorts landed in my lap and spurred a … [Read more]

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