Archive for the 'Buddhism' Category

Practice

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I’ve had this mug over 30 years. I received it as a thank-you gift for supporting my local PBS station in Syracuse. It’s one of the best things I’ve owned, in that it is lovely to look at, comfortable to hold, a just-right size, and made of a clay that retains heat. To my amazement, […]

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How to Find Peace

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Thoughts — and feelings triggered by thoughts — are mutable and impermanent, and yet because we humans incorrectly identify our being with our thinking, we construct a false notion of ourselves out of ideas and memories that have no actual substance. No wonder the ego is called “the false self.” The false self — the […]

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Performances

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

“I think parents sometimes forget that kids are putting on performances all day, just acting like the people we think we are until, like, ten years from now when we figure out who that actually is.” –Jake Burt, Greetings from Witness Protection Except that, as my teacher pointed out, no one really knows after ten […]

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In Relationship With the Truth

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The dharma—understanding, peering into the nature of reality—is not specific to Buddhism. The dharma is truth. And the only choice we really have is whether to try to be in relationship with the truth or to live in ignorance. There are no other choices. You have to actively engage. How did I come to be? […]

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Taking Stock

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

“Dharma practice is founded on resolve. This is not an emotional conversion, a devastating realization of the error of our ways, a desperate urge to be good, but an ongoing, heartfelt reflection on priorities, values, and purpose. We need to keep taking stock of our life in an unsentimental, uncompromising way.” — Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism […]

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A Living Continuation

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

“The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, “A serious misfortune of my life has arrived.” I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I […]

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We Are Not the Designers

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

“But we do neither: we never fail, and we never succeed. We are not the designers of our lives. Life is the designer of us. Life is vast and grand, intelligent, clever, and completely unknowable. It always has the last word. It is the last word. Life interrupts us when we are at our most […]

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Recognition

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Last night, I stretched before bed, a routine which helps bring sleep when I make the effort. At the end I lay on my back in what is called “corpse pose” in yoga. As I lay quietly, I imagined my heart stopping suddenly. My breath ceasing. My brain shutting down, and with that, all awareness […]

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Abuddha

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Late at night alone I sit listening to the tock tock tock of raindrops dancing rooftop. The patter of rain drapes like a blanket over night’s shoulders — rhythmic murmured lullaby. This moment, awake. And this one. Now this. This moment too, eternal.

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Hazy Winter Moon

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

A small piece called Hazy Winter Moon, it’s 6″ x 6″ canvas panel with acrylic. “Hazy Winter Moon” / 6″ x 6″ stretched canvas with acrylic

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