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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. 

The Different Forms of Buddhism

Information pertaining to four of Buddhism's most prominent sects. The following is some introductory information to get you started. Theravada, the most ancient form of Buddhism, is the dominant school in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos)....

Gatha for Well Wishing

May all suffering ones be suffering free, And the fear-struck, fearless be. May the grieving shed all grief, And the sick find health-relief.   Gāthā is Sanskrit for “song” or “verse” and is derived from the root word gai meaning to sing, speak or...

Questions

My current student path is this: after agreeing to a student/teacher relationship said the teacher is out of the country for six weeks. For the first few weeks, as I've continued not only my own studies but had people ask me about my path, I've had many questions...

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

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...

Grief, Loss, and Celebrating a Life by Ajahn Brahm

Grief, Loss, and Celebrating a Life by Ajahn Brahm, from Who Ordered This Truck Load of Dung? p.245-247 Grief is what we add on to loss. It is a learned response, specific to some cultures only. It is not universal and it is not unavoidable. I found this out through...

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,...

From the Diamond Sutra

All created things are like a dream, an illusion above the shadow like dew or like lightning view everything like this

Eating Gatha

In this food, I see clearly the entire universe supporting my existence. Another eating Gatha This food is a gift of the entire universe – the earth, the sky and much hard work. May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive this food. The Five Contemplations...

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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Useful Emptiness

I’d like to share a perspective on useful emptiness. To get there though, first a comment about judgement, and a sutra or two, and my favorite Chinese Patriarch.  A few years back I posted a thought to a popular social media site that said: “What if enlightenment was...

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Death and Dying

Many people join a religion as a way to deal with death and dying. Now, Buddhism makes no bones about the importance of dealing with death. It is part of the first of the Four Noble Truths and said that the Buddha began his journey once he recognized that everyone...

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How To Meditate

Sit You can use a meditation cushion (zafu) or meditators bench (Seiza Bench) or just use a chair. If using a chair (which I often do), make sure it is a solid one (no desk chairs with wheels). Sit toward the front edge of your chair. Once you are sitting, you’ll want...

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Living Outside The Monastery

Here in my home town in Ohio, there is a house that was rented and converted into the local center for a specific sect of Buddhism. A few months later, a monk moved in and now lives there. Other groups used the facility as well and on occasion, the Westerners that...

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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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