Notes on a Buddhist path

Suffering: The Sequel

February 17, 2013 By | 5 Comments

May I be engulfed in the ocean of my sufferingwith the awareness to fully experience itBetter to heal my wounds~ David Jones Suffering, suffering, suffering. After last week's blog post, suffering may be the last thing you want to hear about. But I … [Read more]

A Boy, a Tiger, and a Tale of Suffering

February 11, 2013 By | 8 Comments

Suffering is the sandpaper of our life. It does its work of shaping us. Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. ~ Ram Dass "Life of Pi" shattered me. I was nearly half-way through reading the book when I decided to see the film … [Read more]

The Way Out

February 3, 2013 By | 5 Comments

"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door." ~ Emily Dickinson In August 1973, four bank employees were taken hostage in Norrmalmstorg, Sweden. Through the six-day ordeal the captives began to identify with their captors, even resisting … [Read more]

Love in the age of emoticons

January 27, 2013 By | 8 Comments

"I always feel better after a hug, or after I talk to someone. My plants grow taller when I tell them I love them, my kitty used to purr when I scratched him under his ears, but my toaster is unresponsive." ~ Lucas Wilson It's funny how the … [Read more]

Leonard Cohen, I’ve got to be goin’…

January 20, 2013 By | 2 Comments

“I’m tired of choosing desire, I’ve been saved by a blessed fatigue.” ~ Leonard Cohen I've never seen Leonard Cohen in concert. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will.  Two years ago when I moved to Victoria he was performing the night I arrived; an … [Read more]

Tempest in my teapot

January 15, 2013 By | 14 Comments

"If they substituted the word 'Lust' for 'Love' in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth.” ~ Sylvia Plath I spent a lot of time alone over the holidays and it was delicious. I've embraced my affiliation to the tribe of introverts (see my … [Read more]

Why write?

January 6, 2013 By | 8 Comments

"I hate writing, but I love having written." ~ Dorothy Parker Some Sundays I find myself cringing on a cliff of words. I've made a vow to myself to write each Sunday and paramount to that commitment is that a blog post will be born. Some weeks that … [Read more]

And now, for The Next Big Thing

January 2, 2013 By | 4 Comments

The other day I got word from my friend and fellow writer, Ahava Shira, that she had nominated me as one of her favourite writers for a project floating across the internet called "The Next Big Thing”. It's a way of spreading the news about writers … [Read more]

Resolutions

December 30, 2012 By | 2 Comments

"Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors You give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world's a sunny day" ~ Paul Simon With the glistening expectations of Christmas now dimming in winter's burgeoning light, I can hear … [Read more]

Happy Bodhisattva Jesus’s Birthday!

December 24, 2012 By | 4 Comments

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.” ~ Dr. Seuss Since becoming a Buddhist many of the attachments and traditions that I thought defined me have been ever so slowly falling … [Read more]

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