Notes on a Buddhist path

Starts with “s”, ends with “ick”

October 20, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

Trouble creates a capacity to handle it....meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes I woke up yesterday with Queasy and Achy. Not two of the Seven Dwarfs, but messengers of … [Read more]

Get to the cookie

October 17, 2011 By | 4 Comments

Night and day, why is it so That this longin' for you follows wherever I go ? In the roarin' traffic's boom In the silence of my lonely room I think of you day and night ~ Cole Porter Every spring and fall I embark on a cleanse. The list of what … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Wild things…you make my heart sing

September 6, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

I met my friend Rachelle for tea on this Labour Day. With passion and verve she told me about her experience in David Abram's recent program at Hollyhock. Abram is a holder of stories and magic and the urgent message for all of us to connect with … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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]

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