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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. 

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...

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....

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...

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...

take refuge in yourselves

"Our nature is pure like the clear sky above, and our wisdom is like the sun and the moon, our wisdom is always shining. But if externally we become attached to objects, the clouds of delusion cover up our nature, and we can’t see it. Then, because we meet a...

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...

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...

Dukkha-dukkha

We normally translate the concent of dukkha as suffering. I did not realize until fairly recently that there are different types of dukkha. Dukkha-dukkha, the dukkha of painful experiences. This includes the physical and mental sufferings of birth, aging, illness,...

Good Friends

"Good friends, what are meditation and wisdom like? They’re like a lamp and its light. When there’s a lamp, there’s light. When there’s no lamp, there’s no light. The lamp is the light’s body, and light is the lamp’s function. They have two names but...

Sufferning

Buddhist suffering isn't just about death; it is also about the slight unease. One definition of the word Dukkha itself is bad space in the center of the wheel. The space where for example you would put the axle. If it is slightly off, you'll notice a poor ride in the...

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Do you want to be a monk?

Recently someone asked how long it will take me to go from being a novice (sramanera) to a full-fledged monk. In my order, there is no direct timeline.  Although some things that need to be accomplished have to be done a specific number of times or for a certain...

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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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