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Welcome to this journey

Included here are some reflections, views, talks, information, links, and anything that seems to be of value. 

making vows

"And ‘I vow to attain buddhahood, no matter how transcendent’ means always to practice with humility, to respect all beings, to avoid attachments, to give rise to prajna from your own awareness, and to put an end to delusions. It is through self-realization that...

impermanence

All created things Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow Like dew or like lightning View everything like this - Diamond Sutra

Wearing robes

My teacher asked me for the measurements to be fitted with novice robes...and then went to Vietnam to get them (ok he was going for a retreat/walkabout is his reason to be there). It had been really interesting to give someone measurements for a robe and then be...

Today’s practice – being hungry

Today when I woke up before long I started to get hungry. I was busy so did other things and kept my mind occupied - then in the midst of doing some laundry realized I was now really really hungry. So today I am experiencing being hungry. It is a really interesting...

Quotes and Thoughts

"Operate in the world to relieve the suffering in the world" "Restless hunger is the opposite of samadhi" "Don't call yourself old, or you will be" "I see you are confident in that correlation" "Confidence is sexy" "Either talk it out or act it out" "When you are...

Is That So?

A beautiful girl in the village was pregnant. Her angry parents demanded to know who was the father. At first resistant to confess, the anxious and embarrassed girl finally pointed to Hakuin, the Zen master whom everyone previously revered for living such a pure life....

Suffering of a cat

In finding out that there was a tiny kitten, lost and stuck in a building, we saw its suffering and took it in, giving it a home. It must have suffered, as once it caught its breath, it has become a very affectionate and needy cat, meowing her sorrowful alone song...

Practice Generosity

One area where I am in need of having a better practice is when it comes to generosity. All of the rest of my practice - introspection, mindfulness, study of the dharma, etc - is all crap unless it ends up with a greater level of generosity and compassion. This is the...

Do I need a teacher?

Many Buddhist suggest there is a value of having a teacher as you follow the path of Buddhism. But we have all heard of stories of teachers that have lead students astray. So, do you need a formal teacher to practice or grow in Buddhism? What is the actual value when...

Emptiness

The Heart Sutra has continued to vex me since I've first heard it. And the reason is emptiness. The dictionary says emptiness is: the state of containing nothing. "the vast emptiness of space" the quality of lacking meaning or sincerity; meaninglessness. "he realizes...

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Sensual Desires

The Buddha spoke... "Community, people are easily caught by four traps. The first is attachment to sensual desire. The second is attachment to narrow views. The third is doubt and suspicion. The forth is false view of self. The Way Of Enlightenment helps people...

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Passionate

Many of us have things we are passionate about, and many of those issues are very important, either to us personally or too many people. Passion can drive action and responsibility and positive results. But a problem may arise when you judge someone else based on what...

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The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,when deeply practicing Prajna Paramita,clearly saw ⊕ that all five aggregates are emptyand thus relieved all suffering.Shariputra, form does not differ from emptinessemptiness does not differ from formform itself is emptiness,emptiness...

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Intimacy and My Buddhism

So as a novice monk, there are no direct rules around sexuality. But that isn't actually true. Because part of being a novice monk is being a dharma teacher. And the rules there are... Do not commit adultery, including sexual congress with a corpse, animal, or object....

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How I found my teacher and my tradition

In the early 2000's, dawn and I were presenting at an alternative sexuality conference (some of them focused on Leather - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather_subculture). Master Z was one of the people we often saw at Leather event. I've seen him present a class or...

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