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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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

making vows

"And ‘I vow to attain buddhahood, no matter how transcendent’ means always to practice with humility, to respect all beings, to avoid attachments, to give rise to prajna from your own awareness, and to put an end to delusions. It is through self-realization that...

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...

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The Apple of Emptiness

As I continue to explore the concept of emptiness, I was struck by the Heart Sutra and the five skandhas and the line "No Form, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch or Mind Object". And the below story struck me. What does an apple taste like? Your answer is incomplete. Does a...

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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...

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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

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making vows

"And ‘I vow to attain buddhahood, no matter how transcendent’ means always to practice with humility, to respect all beings, to avoid attachments, to give rise to prajna from your own awareness, and to put an end to delusions. It is through self-realization that...

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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...

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