Tag Archives: Practice

The Sacredness of Death

“Dying is not predominantly a medical event, and we need to stop treating it as if it was — it’s not just about “making the best of a bad situation” — a view strongly held in our healthcare system and … Continue reading

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The Shape of Pain – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

If we do experience pain or suffering ourselves, we can use it. We’re conditioned to resist pain. We think of it as a solid block we have to push away, but it’s not. It’s like a melody, and behind the … Continue reading

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Check out Bernie Glassman’s New Article…

…”The Buddhist Way of Being Present to Suffering” Being fully present to another person without clinging is medicine, not poison. Meaningful engagement deepens your heart and helps you be more fully present to any given situation that comes up — … Continue reading

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Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara on Zen Life and Death

Zen is about life and death, and how to be with those things. To sit with someone who is suffering and to be able to offer some kind of mental way of being with that is a gift, a wonderful … Continue reading

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Kick in the Pants

So, the universe thinks I’m a real goofball for giving in to depression yesterday – threw a bit of goodness my way, it did. Got an opportunity to go elder sit again today – that is such a precious opportunity … Continue reading

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In Search of Ebullience…

In trying to breath life back into this blog, I had thought to take a lighter tone.  Much as I try, though, it’s not easy to take that lighter tone when you don’t feel it. I read such amazing stuff … Continue reading

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Great Jon Kabat-Zin Quote:

“Your life becomes the meditation practice. It’s not about sitting on a cushion in the lotus position,” he said. “The Buddhist emphasis on enlightenment does not mean there is thunder and lightning and your mind is clarified once and for … Continue reading

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View from the Mud: Redux

Decided to edit this. Via Thubten Chodron: In his Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Shantideva counsels us, “If something can be changed, work to change it. If it cannot, why worry, be upset, and complain?” Keeping the two quotes, … Continue reading

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Quiet Politics

Just a quick post (busy week) but I wanted to give a quick nod to part of a blog entry that I found especially juicy today over at ZenDotStudio.  I love dropping in on this well written, intriguing, lovely blog, … Continue reading

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Sitting Back Down

Yesterday was the first time I’ve really Sat in ages. Foolish little girl that I am, when things got really rough — and believe me, they a) got really rough and b) are still pretty rough — I hid away … Continue reading

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