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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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Riding a motorcycle with no helmet

I noticed someone riding a motorcycle yesterday with no helmet on. For most of us just reading the line above is all we need to construct a complete story. Perhaps we hold of you that only a fool would ride a motorcycle with no helmet. Perhaps we tell the story of how...

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...

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....

Non judgeement

"What if enlightenment" I once said a few weeks back "is as simple as being open to all things?" Although the correct word might not be enlightenment, I would say that my practice of not allowing my prejudgement to impact what I see has been a great stress reliever...

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

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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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