Notes on a Buddhist path

The Abyss

January 18, 2020 By | 4 Comments

Come to the edge.We might fall.Come to the edge.It’s too high!COME TO THE EDGE!And they came,and he pushed,and they flew.         ~~Christopher Logue It’s been nearly five years now since I left the world. I still recall the look on my friends’ and co-worker’s faces when I told them that I was heading off to […]

Night and Day

August 7, 2019 By | 8 Comments

There was a moment last year as twilight bloomed across the sky, when I glanced out the windows of our vihara and noticed a marvelous play of light and dark in the nearby aspen grove. The ebony shadows of the forest pressed themselves against the brilliant etched whiteness of the aspens. Night existing next to day. Separate, yet so close.

Something good

November 17, 2015 By | 15 Comments

It’s funny how a life can change with just one step in a new direction. How the years of contemplating that step one day come to placing our singularly intention on the new ground that has been waiting for us and for this one rare and precious moment to arise.

Divine Disenchantment

May 10, 2015 By | 7 Comments

When Dorothy peered behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz her world fell apart. All that she hoped for, all her dreams, all her plans dissolved in the sudden awareness that no great and powerful being could save her, could rescue her from the suffering of loss or satisfy the cravings that beset her, and her companions.

I know just how she must have felt.

Sight lines

February 8, 2015 By | Leave a Comment

Both gentle and bombastic purveyors of the worldly visited my cushion and walking paths of practice. Welcoming everything, this being enjoined with mindfulness, concentration and wisdom, and they became my three sisters of compassion.

The Owl

December 14, 2014 By | 4 Comments

There was an owl that was a constant sight on my daily walks of the summer. I would spot him sitting still and silent, a graven image of my misplaced idolatry.

Slip Sliding Away

November 2, 2014 By | 6 Comments

Settling into the retreat, the hours crossed a panorama of arisings and passings that brought with them gifts of sightings and subtle awakenings to how it all could be.

Unbecoming

September 1, 2014 By | 8 Comments

Are we so different from the stars? A poem for now and the big bang waiting inside all of us.

The World is Burning

July 27, 2014 By | 13 Comments

I’ve found it immensely painful to read the news these past few years. The politics, the scandals, disasters heaped upon disasters, the hatred seeping from the headlines was more than I thought I could bear.

A New Citizen

June 1, 2014 By | 13 Comments

Finding my feet on Canadian soil, I felt the compass of my life shift and true north was found at last.

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