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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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

Buddhist Words

Gatha - song or verse Prajna - direct insight into the truth taught by Buddha Sansara - wandering, world. The "suffering-laden cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end" (Jeff Wilson) Tathagata - Beyond all coming and going. How the Buddha at times...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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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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