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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. 

Gatha for Well Wishing

May all suffering ones be suffering free, And the fear-struck, fearless be. May the grieving shed all grief, And the sick find health-relief.   Gāthā is Sanskrit for “song” or “verse” and is derived from the root word gai meaning to sing, speak or...

Nothing is Enough

Normally when we hear the phrase "nothing is enough", the context is around desires - if you have millions of dollars, you want billions. If you have great sex, you are not satisfied for long for before longing for more. If you have a cup of Tim Horton's coffee, you...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

read more

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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