Notes on a Buddhist path


July 18, 2020 By | 2 Comments

Awash. That word resonates for me in such a profound way, especially in these times of the pandemic.

The Abyss

January 18, 2020 By | 4 Comments

Come to the edge.We might fall.Come to the edge.It’s too high!COME TO THE EDGE!And they came,and he pushed,and they flew.         ~~Christopher Logue It’s been nearly five years now since I left the world. I still recall the look on my friends’ and co-worker’s faces when I told them that I was heading off to […]

Night and Day

August 7, 2019 By | 9 Comments

There was a moment last year as twilight bloomed across the sky, when I glanced out the windows of our vihara and noticed a marvelous play of light and dark in the nearby aspen grove. The ebony shadows of the forest pressed themselves against the brilliant etched whiteness of the aspens. Night existing next to day. Separate, yet so close.


September 1, 2014 By | 8 Comments

Are we so different from the stars? A poem for now and the big bang waiting inside all of us.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Nibbana…

April 14, 2013 By | 4 Comments

Fun. I don’t know if I was more puzzled by the word or the way I reacted to it, much like a ball hitting your chest and not knowing quite how to catch it.

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.

Coasting towards Samadhi

August 30, 2011 By | 6 Comments

I was this close to nibbana. Really, I was. This past weekend I had the blissed out experience of being on retreat. I sat and walked and ate with mindful awareness on my breath and the arisings and fallings within me. Ven. Bhikkhu Sona, the abbott of Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC, came down […]

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