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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. 

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...

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...

Today’s practice – being hungry

Today when I woke up before long I started to get hungry. I was busy so did other things and kept my mind occupied - then in the midst of doing some laundry realized I was now really really hungry. So today I am experiencing being hungry. It is a really interesting...

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...

Sufferning

Buddhist suffering isn't just about death; it is also about the slight unease. One definition of the word Dukkha itself is bad space in the center of the wheel. The space where for example you would put the axle. If it is slightly off, you'll notice a poor ride in the...

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...

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,...

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...

“I resolve not to kill — but to cherish all life”

This seems like an easy one; don't kill people. But a resolve not to kill, to cherish all life, is much deeper than that. Yet, still simple. I can easily avoiding killing people and have done so to the best of my knowledge so far. But cherishing life is not a passive...

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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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