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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. 

“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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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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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...

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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...

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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)....

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Eating Gatha

In this food, I see clearly the entire universe supporting my existence. Another eating Gatha This food is a gift of the entire universe – the earth, the sky and much hard work. May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive this food. The Five Contemplations...

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“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...

read more