Notes on a Buddhist path

The World is Burning

July 27, 2014 By | 13 Comments

"Monks, all is burning.... Burning with what? Burning with the fire of greed, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of delusion...." ~ The Buddha Sitting again with my teacher, Ajahn Sona, was a cool breeze of ease in the heat of these summer … [Read more]

A New Citizen

June 1, 2014 By | 13 Comments

A New Citizen

"The untold want by life and land ne'er granted, Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find." ~ Walt Whitman Seven days ago I became a Canadian citizen. Many people have called me brave for crossing a border and choosing to live in a land to … [Read more]

An Extra Ordinary Retreat

April 21, 2014 By | 6 Comments

“I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me, That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea... There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute, except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence … [Read more]

The Sizzle

March 30, 2014 By | 2 Comments

"Don't sell the steak. Sell the sizzle." ~ Elmer Wheeler I must admit, I have a crush on this world. With its smiling dogs and breaching buds of flowers that have dreamt all winter long of this day. Wrapping myself along the edge of the ocean for a … [Read more]

The Agony of Defeat

February 23, 2014 By | 5 Comments

Victory leads to hatred,for the defeated suffer.The peaceful live happily,beyond victory and defeat. Dhammapada, v. 201 A few hours ago, Canada won their third gold medal in the last four Olympics in men's hockey. To some this may be a blip on a … [Read more]

The Grand Pause

December 28, 2013 By | 10 Comments

"All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke On Christmas day I gazed upon tiny birds bounding from branch to branch of the bare chestnut tree rooted outside my window. Set against the taut … [Read more]

I think I am…

December 8, 2013 By | 12 Comments

Being far from home is hard, but you know, at least we are exiled together. ~ David Whyte Back in the early 17th century, René Descartes proclaimed the philosophical anthem that would become a fundamental lynchpin of Western thinking: cogito ergo … [Read more]

Killing me softly

October 27, 2013 By | 6 Comments

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac It's been a while since I've sat down to inhabit the blog realm of words. The last time was nearly a month ago when an epiphany of sorts landed in my lap and spurred a … [Read more]

A New Course

September 30, 2013 By | 7 Comments

Although it is difficult to cross overthe storm-swept sea of passion, those who live in accordwith the well-taught Wayarrive at the beyond. ~ The Buddha, Dhammapada v 86   I remember that feeling as almost a holy insistence. The clear beacon of a … [Read more]

Delusion in the Mist

September 15, 2013 By | Leave a Comment

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche The weather report calls for thunder storms today, something rather uncommon in my part of the world. Stepping out onto the sidewalk this … [Read more]

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