Notes on a Buddhist path

Belonging

September 2, 2013 By | 6 Comments

Last week our dog Buster died. I thought back to when he first came to live with us and the word “belonging” seemed to fit his place in our life. A ragged ache slipped from Buster’s wet coat the night he stepped through our front door and soon after that we wrapped him in a new blanket of belonging, him to us and perhaps, even more so, us to him.

Much ado about nothing

July 21, 2013 By | 2 Comments

Sitting down to write today, I found nothing that pressing, both inside and out. With all the catch up work finally caught up, this Sunday lapsed into a state of busy nothingness.

I’ll take an order of unfettered and alive

June 9, 2013 By | 4 Comments

On this glorious nearly summer day, I find myself spinning in a blender of abysmal dread. Okay, dread may be too intense. Is cataclysmic overwhelm less alarming?

Going home

May 20, 2013 By | 4 Comments

Rather than a piece of ground, home for me has come to mean people rather than an attachment to buildings and businesses, shifting earth and fickle skies.

To nun or not to nun…

March 3, 2013 By | 10 Comments

This week I’ll be heading off for another meditation retreat. I can’t wait to get to know again this human being rather than a human doing.

Tempest in my teapot

January 15, 2013 By | 14 Comments

It was as if the tempest in the teapot of my body had quelled and in the place of my libido was calm stillness. The yoke of longing had fallen away.

Resolutions

December 30, 2012 By | 2 Comments

Opening the suitcases filled to the brim with old photos, I watched the years and memories spill out onto my living room floor. Who were all these people?

Happy Bodhisattva Jesus’s Birthday!

December 24, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Since becoming a Buddhist many of the attachments and traditions that I thought defined me have been slipping away. Christmas is not yet one of them.

If…

December 9, 2012 By | 6 Comments

If is a funny little word. It’s not much in size, yet it can conjure up fantastic future schemes and lay waste to our precious reflections on the past.

Dear Patience

November 18, 2012 By | 11 Comments

I spoke with a friend this morning and the subject of patience came up. Or more precisely, impatience. Alright, it wasn’t just any impatience; it was mine.

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