Notes on a Buddhist path

The 20% Solution

April 1, 2013 By | 3 Comments

My assignment: cut 20% of extraneous duties out of my life. No musts, no have-tos, only to answer this question: what would two hours of beauty look like?

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 home. I had just finished a 10-hour van-bus-ferry-bus ride from Birken Forest […]

To nun or not to nun…

March 3, 2013 By | 10 Comments

This week I’ll be heading off for another meditation retreat. I can’t wait to get to know again this human being rather than a human doing.

Suffering: The Sequel

February 17, 2013 By | 5 Comments

This week I sat with death and endings. In my meditations I watched each inhale as if it were my last; each exhale the final one I would taste in this life.

A Boy, a Tiger, and a Tale of Suffering

February 11, 2013 By | 8 Comments

Walking out into the chill of the night after seeing “Life of Pi”, I didn’t believe in God, but I did have an overwhelming sense of drowning in suffering.

The Way Out

February 3, 2013 By | 5 Comments

The truth is our cravings are more akin to the bank robbers in Sweden than to any freedom of choice we think we are exercising.

Love in the age of emoticons

January 27, 2013 By | 8 Comments

11-year old Lucas Wilson writes with the wisdom and compassion of a being who has passed through life many times before. I don’t know Lucas, but I’d like to.

Leonard Cohen, I’ve got to be goin’…

January 20, 2013 By | 2 Comments

It was an old tape, a looping pattern of longing, whispering not so softly in my ear that I needed to experience Leonard Cohen in person before one of us died.

Tempest in my teapot

January 15, 2013 By | 14 Comments

It was as if the tempest in the teapot of my body had quelled and in the place of my libido was calm stillness. The yoke of longing had fallen away.

Why write?

January 6, 2013 By | 8 Comments

Sharing my words with the big, luminous planet there’s an intimacy and a threshold that I cross over each time I hit that “Publish” button.

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