Notes on a Buddhist path

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.

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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Nibbana…

April 14, 2013 By | 4 Comments

Fun. I don’t know if I was more puzzled by the word or the way I reacted to it, much like a ball hitting your chest and not knowing quite how to catch it.

The 20% Solution

April 1, 2013 By | 3 Comments

My assignment: cut 20% of extraneous duties out of my life. No musts, no have-tos, only to answer this question: what would two hours of beauty look like?

The Joy of Sick

March 17, 2013 By | 14 Comments

“A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out…” ~¬†Deena Metzger Late last Wednesday evening, I rolled my wee suitcase and my tired body up and down the glistening wet sidewalks of my city’s streets, making my way home. I had just finished a 10-hour van-bus-ferry-bus ride from¬†Birken Forest […]

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.

Suffering: The Sequel

February 17, 2013 By | 5 Comments

This week I sat with death and endings. In my meditations I watched each inhale as if it were my last; each exhale the final one I would taste in this life.

A Boy, a Tiger, and a Tale of Suffering

February 11, 2013 By | 8 Comments

Walking out into the chill of the night after seeing “Life of Pi”, I didn’t believe in God, but I did have an overwhelming sense of drowning in suffering.

The Way Out

February 3, 2013 By | 5 Comments

The truth is our cravings are more akin to the bank robbers in Sweden than to any freedom of choice we think we are exercising.

Love in the age of emoticons

January 27, 2013 By | 8 Comments

11-year old Lucas Wilson writes with the wisdom and compassion of a being who has passed through life many times before. I don’t know Lucas, but I’d like to.

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