Notes on a Buddhist path

Coasting towards Samadhi

August 30, 2011 By | 6 Comments

I was this close to nibbana. Really, I was. This past weekend I had the blissed out experience of being on retreat. I sat and walked and ate with mindful awareness on my breath and the arisings and fallings within me. Ven. Bhikkhu Sona, the abbott … [Read more]

End of Days

August 24, 2011 By | 6 Comments

My first shift as a bonafide hospice volunteer without the training wheels of the classroom and my mentor by my side was last Saturday. It was also the anniversary of my mother's death, the first death I ever witnessed. I have welcomed the others … [Read more]

The Schmo and the Monk

August 21, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

Last week I wrote about the meaning, or more accurately, the non meaning of life. Since then I have been doing a bit of pondering about that concept and struggling with the definition of a meaningful existence. Writing about non meaning and living it … [Read more]

The Non Meaning of Life

August 13, 2011 By | 9 Comments

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” ~ Eric Hoffer The other day I was savoring with a bit of pride the scenery of my present life. I felt a surprising contentment after the brass ring I thought I needed fell from … [Read more]

Home remixed

August 5, 2011 By | 6 Comments

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. ~ Heraclitus I went home last week. A home I didn't know existed. As the ferry skimmed towards my former island residence a rainbow leaked its way … [Read more]

Perfect present

July 24, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

What a present today has been. Both a gift and full of nowness. Long, leisurely sleep. A full fledged yoga workout.  Centred and peaceful meditation. Wonderful deep phone conversations with far away friends. Eating delicious food to the point of … [Read more]

What will you do with your hands?

June 30, 2011 By | 2 Comments

Over lunch the other day with a good friend, our conversation meandered its way to dating and men. Not an uncommon path for two women to embark upon, but after casting about the slings and arrows of outrageous dating misfortunes, and smiling fondly … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

I’m here now…you?

May 20, 2011 By | 6 Comments

Lately I've been finding myself slipping into a wistful melancholy aching for my days of partial employment when the most pressing part of my day was my bum on the yoga mat. Yes, yes, I know I was sans money in those long ago days (hmm, could it be … [Read more]

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