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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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Most Recent Post

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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