This Christmas Eve is a Bardo day, and particularly festive for me and my old buddy and Tibetan Terrier Teacher, Rascal. You may know, Rascal died November 5. I was with him, and felt his moment of passing. Very real. Very immediate the way a spirit lifts and leaves. My teachers say 49 days after […]
This is not a Koan…
A blog tour, that is… Visit these sites for reviews, comments and contests. Today through June 15 May 15 Silver Dagger Book Tours Mythical Books May 16 2 Girls & A Book Midnight Book Reader May 17 Sarah’s Reading Addiction 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! May 18 Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews […]
So Very Honored and Humbled to be included as a BlueInk Review recommendation in the May 15th Booklist, a magazine for librarians throughout the United States. See the Booklist page here.
A few months ago in a NY Times op-ed, David Brooks laid out a theory. He summarized our current polarization as a battle between Mistake Theorists and Conflict Theorists. Mistake Theorists—a term coined by Slate Star Codex blogger Scott Alexander—believe that world’s complexities are a product of error and incompetence. Like the way comedians see […]
No proselytizing. No endorsements. No political ax to grind. Just ten things I wonder about: The Buddha teaches us to see things as they are, without the overlay of ego. But if I do, and what I see reflects what I already believe, am I doing it right? Or have I always been seeing things […]
What the Mirror Saw, by Lucille Clifton I discovered this today. Sometimes, just let something perfect be what it is.
During our everyday meditation, thoughts arise. These can be the seeds of insight, if only we are aware of them. Some say thoughts during meditation are impediments. This is true, they can be. Thoughts can arise either with our being aware or not being aware of them. To reconsider things, it is not the thought […]
Our president talks thoughtlessly, but that’s not what I mean by the Thoughtless Thought, nor is it what the Buddha means when he talks about emptiness. I’m talking about a few weekends ago when I listened to Radio Lab’s story Emergence, which began by speaking about a river in Thailand where at night thousands of […]
Here’s a thought. Step outside. Go for a walk. The first person you encounter, ask yourself what you notice about them. Be aware. Be specific. Focus on encountering specific characteristics that influence your experiencing the person. Now ask, how did you notice these characteristics? With your eyes, ears, nose (maybe), touch, or taste (doubtful). […]