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Dance with Death
Yesterday, with members of my local hospice group I visited the city cemetery and crematorium in Mainz, Germany. Our tour guide proudly presented to us the grand mausoleums of ‘the great and the good’ – important local politicians, captains of industry, publishers and brewers -,… Read More »
I was looking for old classmates from my 4th and 5th grade class on Facebook one afternoon, wondering if I would still recognize them. Thinking about their personalities, I wondered how they ended up in life. I find it fascinating the nature of change and… Read More »
There is a certain kind of strength one needs to blaze a new trail. Becoming a naturopathic doctor, and entering Buddhist monastic life are two directions I’ve taken that might be considered pioneering in nature. Pondering this recently, I wondered, “What made me strong enough… Read More »
Spider was dangling by a thin thread from Beaver’s dam, bouncing up and down. A big sign on the top of the dam announced: “Practice Six Good Things”. Beaver was busy patching up his dam after a storm. “Hey, Spider, what brings you here?” “I… Read More »
Rinpoche gave me some advice recently. I expressed to her at breakfast one day that I felt some anger arising in me when I tried to study the Dharma. She said that perhaps I was applying the competitive and intense mindset that came from studying in school.… Read More »
As I sit here typing, sun is streaming through the sun catchers on the window and I have rainbows landing on me. After the three weeks in January where I saw the sun for a total of two or three hours, sunlight fills me with… Read More »
Spider was wobbling her weavy web. “What are you doing, neighbor?”, asked Beaver. “Cleaning! Blowing out the cobwebs.” “Spiders have cobwebs too?”, said Beaver, looking surprised. “Sure! Now and again you just have to give your house a good shake and get rid of ’em.… Read More »
Down The Rabbit Hole Diving down the rabbit hole– Not to play in fantasy, But for discernment– To discover what is real. The stillness envelopes me. But there is also a constant movement of energy! It has a warm blackness, spaciousness. I rest deeply. Then… Read More »
I partially wrote several different blog posts this week, but none of them were satisfying and left me feeling like: “Okay, that’s nice, but what do I really want to share?” I finally came up with this, which is advice for difficult times. It came… Read More »
As we practice cultivating a calm mind, it is not that we become devoid of feelings. Rather, we learn to discriminate between the beneficial and the harmful.