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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. 

Anger is an energy

I have just had my first experience in expressing anger at someone while I was wearing robes. On an aside, I will not be talking about specifics and deleting any comments that do. It is an interesting experience to meditate; the old patterns of post argumentive...

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...

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...

judge

Recently I have adopted a mantra of 'all of my unhappiness comes from judgment'. This isn't exactly true, but it is right, in a way. But better said would be 'that which moves me out of equanimity is judgment'. I am not sure if I am more judgmental than other...

Watching your fantasy

A big part of Buddhism - some teachings say it is everything - is to simply be aware of what really is. What is really happening, what is really here, really now. To see what is so. Nothing more, nothing less. To see it without judgement. Or attachment. So is there...

Emptiness

The Heart Sutra has continued to vex me since I've first heard it. And the reason is emptiness. The dictionary says emptiness is: the state of containing nothing. "the vast emptiness of space" the quality of lacking meaning or sincerity; meaninglessness. "he realizes...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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