Welcome to this journey

Included here are some reflections, views, talks, information, links, and anything that seems to be of value. 

The Apple of Emptiness

As I continue to explore the concept of emptiness, I was struck by the Heart Sutra and the five skandhas and the line "No Form, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch or Mind Object". And the below story struck me. What does an apple taste like? Your answer is incomplete. Does a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

take refuge in yourselves

"Our nature is pure like the clear sky above, and our wisdom is like the sun and the moon, our wisdom is always shining. But if externally we become attached to objects, the clouds of delusion cover up our nature, and we can’t see it. Then, because we meet a...

Research Method

Research Method Tags: roar September 09, 2020 at 10:32AM Open in Evernote See Research Tools as well. Using primarily Feedly and Reddit, scan sources and capture to Evernote Inbox Review Evernote Inbox. Is it a NOW, SOON, or LATER If now, deal with it then either Tag...

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...

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...

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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Research Method

Research Method Tags: roar September 09, 2020 at 10:32AM Open in Evernote See Research Tools as well. Using primarily Feedly and Reddit, scan sources and capture to Evernote Inbox Review Evernote Inbox. Is it a NOW, SOON, or LATER If now, deal with it then either Tag...

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Research Tools

Research Tools Tags: roar September 09, 2020 at 10:04AM Open in Evernote SummaryUsing Evernote, IFTTT, and a wordpress site, I can capture anything on the web and save it for later review, edit it, or display it.GoalFind sources online that can be captured (storage...

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History of the Great Dismal Swamp

History of the Great Dismal Swamp Suffolk Scrapbook (Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00CydUh0s-M 691 views views Description Tags: roar September 08, 2020 at 04:35PM Open in Evernote

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Great Dismal Swamp – Wikipedia

Great Dismal Swamp - Wikipedia Great Dismal Swamp From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search For the area in central New Jersey, see Dismal Swamp (New Jersey). Coordinates: 36°38′27″N 76°27′06″W Map of the Great Dismal Swamp The Great...

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