Notes on a Buddhist path

A Good Morning

July 12, 2013 By | 4 Comments

A friend is coming today. Her plane will land in a few short hours. We've known each other nearly 25 years and haven't seen each other in over five. She'll be here less than a week so our time together is precious and fleeting, as are we. I took the … [Read more]

Living on the edge

June 30, 2013 By | 8 Comments

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle It was near the beginning of my bus ride and the end of my book when a tiny spider showed up on the page I was reading. How she arrived I can't be sure. Perhaps she plopped … [Read more]

I’ll take an order of unfettered and alive

June 9, 2013 By | 4 Comments

"The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less." ~ Annie Dillard On this glorious almost summer day, I find myself spinning in a blender of abysmal dread. Okay, abysmal dread may … [Read more]

Practice, practice, practice

June 2, 2013 By | 9 Comments

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?""Practice." One of the things I like about Buddhism is its open-ended vista to learning. There's never a dictum to become an expert or to throw platitudes of faith at its feet. It's a philosophy of practice. … [Read more]

Going home

May 20, 2013 By | 4 Comments

"Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all." ~ Hermann Hesse Last week I went home for my birthday. Calling a place "home" may be a specious label for a geographic place, implying sustained faith in the constance … [Read more]

Some like it hot

May 5, 2013 By | 2 Comments

"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance." ~ Yoko Ono Today is summer.  When you live in … [Read more]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Nibbana…

April 14, 2013 By | 4 Comments

"I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun." ~ Katharine Hepburn A couple of weeks ago I went to see a friend in her first ever clown performance. It was a sweet, hilarious, unexpected evening. I laughed so hard my cheeks ached. On the … [Read more]

The 20% Solution

April 1, 2013 By | 3 Comments

Being sick at my last meditation retreat, I intimately felt the exhaustion this body of mine had been holding on to for quite some time. As much as I tried to stay in the Dhamma, holding the Buddha's teachings of loving kindness, compassion, … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

To nun or not to nun…

March 3, 2013 By | 10 Comments

"There is no pizza in nibbana; are you still interested in it?" ~ Munindra This week I'll be heading off for another meditation retreat. I can barely contain my enthusiasm. Although the practice is to stay in the moment, I can't help but be on the … [Read more]

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