Notes on a Buddhist path

The Sizzle

March 30, 2014 By | 2 Comments

I so easily lose myself in the sensory interludes of time, relishing the bombastic flourishes of misappropriated meanings in a temporal and all too fleeting world.

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.

Leonard Cohen, I’ve got to be goin’…

January 20, 2013 By | 2 Comments

It was an old tape, a looping pattern of longing, whispering not so softly in my ear that I needed to experience Leonard Cohen in person before one of us died.

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?

Body and Soul

December 30, 2011 By | 2 Comments

A day before the end of the year and I wonder how many of us are making our lists of intentions for the coming 366 days (it is leap year you know). I’ve never been much for resolutions; even the word feels heavy and just rarin’ to pick a fight. Resolve. Resolute. Viva la resolution! […]

No more, please

December 13, 2011 By | 5 Comments

My wise friend, David, asked me not too long ago what would I rather have: all my desires fulfilled or all of them removed?

Get to the cookie

October 17, 2011 By | 4 Comments

Every spring and fall I embark on a cleanse. The list of what I can eat is decidedly shorter than what I deny myself for two, three, four weeks or more. No coffee, caffeine, sugar, salt, flour, dairy, fermented foods, soy, alcohol, exotic fruit, limited whole grains and legumes and no meat, except a little bit of chicken and fish a couple of times a week. Or more succinctly, as one of my friends put it, no fun.

All the things I am happy without

September 18, 2011 By | 2 Comments

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.” ~ Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Last month I went to my first auction. The first […]

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