Notes on a Buddhist path

Death is a Pisces

June 17, 2012 By | 8 Comments

I think about death. Not a lot, but enough to know how it takes its coffee (dark roast, black) and that it's a Pisces. I talk about it at work, at parties, to just about anyone who will listen. I remember going into the hospital for gynecological … [Read more]

A Good Day

June 10, 2012 By | 1 Comment

May all find simplicity the joyous and practical guide.  ~ Buddhist text As often happens on my Sunday writing day, I sit down at my computer and have no idea what I am going to scribe. Somehow, so far, grace and my muse have always found me. Today … [Read more]

The Cello and The Buddha

May 24, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. ~ Voltaire 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 … [Read more]

Is there any I out there?

May 20, 2012 By | 4 Comments

To be or not to be, that is the question. ~ Hamlet Who am I? Ah, there's the rub. As a writer my I is fixated on birthing pithy lines of prose and then killing all my little darlings, watching words emerge as perfect butterflies from ethereal … [Read more]

Blind ambition

May 5, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you. ~ Annie Dillard I've been awash in the words of Annie Dillard these past weeks. Reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and The Writing Life have been epiphanies and deep hard lessons in the way of words. … [Read more]

Filled with empty

April 23, 2012 By | 3 Comments

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. ~ Emily Dickinson Walking home this morning after sharing sweet tea and conversation with a friend, I was reminded again of all the things I am happy without. Besides breaking up with my … [Read more]

With gratitude…

April 21, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

If you can just appreciate each thing, one by one, then you will have pure gratitude. Even though you observe just one flower, that one flower includes everything. ~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi There's a new article of mine up at Life As a Human. It's … [Read more]

A Writing Life

April 16, 2012 By | 2 Comments

“I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as a dying friend. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.”~ Annie Dillard Last week a writer friend of mine dropped by for a visit. As we caught up on the doings and goings on in our lives, our … [Read more]

The Monk and TED

April 8, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to the silent earth: I'm flowing. To the flashing water say: I am. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Growing up Catholic in America my ideas about monks centered around what I had surmised from books and … [Read more]

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. "I was a landed immigrant, much like a grand explorer or someone lost at … [Read more]

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