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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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,when deeply practicing Prajna Paramita,clearly saw ⊕ that all five aggregates are emptyand thus relieved all suffering.Shariputra, form does not differ from emptinessemptiness does not differ from formform itself is emptiness,emptiness...

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...

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....

From the Diamond Sutra

All created things are like a dream, an illusion above the shadow like dew or like lightning view everything like this

Dukkha-dukkha

We normally translate the concent of dukkha as suffering. I did not realize until fairly recently that there are different types of dukkha. Dukkha-dukkha, the dukkha of painful experiences. This includes the physical and mental sufferings of birth, aging, illness,...

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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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