Notes on a Buddhist path

Homage to a Noble Cat

August 21, 2012 By | 16 Comments

Yesterday evening as the sun was tipping its brilliant countenance towards the horizon, my dear cat, Clause, died in the warm embrace of my bedroom in the care of someone who was not me.

Trees in Platinum Settings

July 8, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

When I lived on a small island in British Columbia, I was surrounded by trees. The trouble with me was not that I didn’t see the forest for the trees. I was lost in not seeing the trees at all.

My country, my home

April 1, 2012 By | 8 Comments

Coming to Canada was a labour of love and reclamation. Four years ago I settled here, a place that when we first met I knew was the home I had been looking for my whole life.

Humans being

January 30, 2012 By | 1 Comment

Last week I saw “Being in the World”, a thoughtful and affirming film of philosophers and masters of music, carpentry, sports, cooking and some mighty fine juggling. It really touched me. So, I wrote an article about it.

Leonard Cohen, may I have this dance?

January 29, 2012 By | 13 Comments

The other day I realized I may never have sex again. Or learn to play the cello. Or ride the Orient Express. When you reach my stage in life a lot of the things you thought would have happened by now haven’t and things you thought would never end now have a looming expiration date.

Sitting on the ledge of morning

December 18, 2011 By | 2 Comments

When the cloak of night is barely pulling away from the body of the day, that is the time I most want to write. Living a Monday through Friday life that so many of us do in this modern world, I find it hard to carve out the time for me and what gives my […]

Good Easter

April 24, 2011 By | 5 Comments

Growing up Catholic, I always felt Good Friday was a poorly named holiday. After all, it wasn’t such a good Friday for Jesus. Sitting in church from 12-3 p.m. for each of the stations of the cross was torture, and I don’t mean that as a pun. It was painful to witness the stages of […]

Yes! Yes! Yes!

April 17, 2011 By | 5 Comments

This morning I didn’t feel the “yes”. What I did feel were the effects of eating and imbibing a bit too much at a friend’s house last night. The past week of getting up at 4:30 a.m. to allow time for my morning routine and get to my new part-time job by 8 a.m. had […]

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