Notes on a Buddhist path

Nothing, thank you

October 28, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

In the midst of all my thoughts I stopped the petitions to the future and reminded myself of the delicious presence surrounding me. For the briefest of milliseconds I was in the arms of nothing.

Crossing Over

October 7, 2012 By | 9 Comments

When I think back to my first sits four years ago when following my breath felt akin to watching my mind play pinball with every entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica, I marvel at the menu of meditation practices that I now choose from with avid curiosity.

Shame (and Pride) On Me

September 9, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Almost immediately I slipped into shame over what I had said. What would my friend think of me now that those words had escaped into the bright light of truth?

The Cello and The Buddha

May 24, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

What a dull world it would be to know everything. Nothing new to explore, to discover, to turn up or turn over. I can’t imagine life without learning, without wanting to investigate this existence more and more.

The Monk and TED

April 8, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

Growing up Catholic in America my ideas about monks centered around what I had surmised from books and movies. They lived in drafty and damp seclusion usually in 12th century monasteries, even in America. They were called Father, Brother or Friar and wore hair shirts and equally scratchy brown sack tunics tied at the waist with a rope. They all had Moe Howard haircuts, sang Gregorian chants quite well and made some pretty darn good champagne.

The unbelievable lightness of being

March 25, 2012 By | 12 Comments

For months I had been in a state of dis-ease with my Buddhist practice, wondering where my beliefs fit into my life and what I held as dear.

Will that be one egg or two?

January 15, 2012 By | 4 Comments

My mother always used to say “to make an omelette, you gotta break a few eggs.” Or maybe that was Julia Child. In any case I got the message early on that sometimes things have to get messy before the good part shows up.

Would Buddha tweet?

November 21, 2011 By | 2 Comments

I blog therefore I am. It is no longer enough just to think to establish one’s presence on the planet. Now you need a web address.

I won!

October 21, 2011 By | 4 Comments

I’m not sure what I won, but I’m a winner. Just check out Greetings from Coupeville, the highly successful and widely read blog authored by my dear friend, Michaelene, and you will see the proof for yourself. When I saw my name posted I actually heard a “yippee” jump from my lips. It’s a funny, […]

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 my grasp last week. The bucolic vision was […]

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