Notes on a Buddhist path

Killing me softly

October 27, 2013 By | 6 Comments

Each week that has come and gone since that decision has solicited the same quandary: “What is calling me to write today?” The answer has been an unsettling silence.

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.

Some like it hot

May 5, 2013 By | 2 Comments

Today was summer. I put on sandals for the first time in eight months. I basked in the joy of sitting outside with a friend, sipping our coffees and our conversation without wind and rain and wool escarpments hindering our access to each other’s presence. All that said, I must admit to what might seem like a treasonous leaning on such a magnificent day. I miss winter.

Why write?

January 6, 2013 By | 8 Comments

Sharing my words with the big, luminous planet there’s an intimacy and a threshold that I cross over each time I hit that “Publish” button.

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.

The unbelievable lightness of being

March 25, 2012 By | 12 Comments

For months I had been in a state of dis-ease with my Buddhist practice, wondering where my beliefs fit into my life and what I held as dear.

Happy is how I look

February 20, 2012 By | 8 Comments

Yesterday a new article of mine was posted at lifeasahuman.com. The subject of the piece, and more so the writing about it, brought up a bubbling well of emotions and ancient patterns that have never served me well.

Maybe…

September 2, 2011 By | 1 Comment

At last weekend’s meditation retreat with Ven. Bhikkhu Sona he told us about a nun in residence at Birken Forest Monastery. Her name is Sister Mon, but he calls Sister Maybe. If Ajahn Sona says “See you tomorrow” or “Have a good day” Sister Mon’s reply is always “Maybe.” Impermanence, or anicca, along with dukkha […]

Lost and found

June 14, 2011 By | 1 Comment

Harkening back to my Catholic days and the dark mystery of the confessional, let me begin by saying it’s been over two weeks since my last post. Here is my confession. I didn’t know what to write. Nothing was really calling. Nothing seemed up in the way things can gnaw in your craw. Great word […]

Who am “I”?

May 29, 2011 By | 8 Comments

I lost my wallet. Yep. It happened last week on my way either to or from my friend Barbara’s house. When I discovered it was gone that evening just a short time after I got home, first there was the “hmm, it must be here somewhere” feeling as I groped through bags, emptied my purse, […]

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