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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. 

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,...

The Different Forms of Buddhism

Information pertaining to four of Buddhism's most prominent sects. The following is some introductory information to get you started. Theravada, the most ancient form of Buddhism, is the dominant school in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos)....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wearing robes

My teacher asked me for the measurements to be fitted with novice robes...and then went to Vietnam to get them (ok he was going for a retreat/walkabout is his reason to be there). It had been really interesting to give someone measurements for a robe and then be...

impermanence

All created things Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow Like dew or like lightning View everything like this - Diamond Sutra

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...

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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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