on the wings of angels

“In every community there is work to be done.  In every nation there are wounds to heal.  In every heart there is the power to do it.” — Marianne Williamson Three women from the domestic violence shelter came to my home shala this week.  They’ve known me from the shelter since 2004.  But I am…

dharma teaching from my cat on Buddha’s birthday

Life and Death are but an illusion. Happy and Sad are just a state of mind. Love and Compassion alleviates the suffering Of All sentient Beings – those who have been our Mothers and our Fathers. To recognize the interconnectedness of all beings Is to know peace! ~ a Buddhist Homage. One of the most…

handbook for life, 2010

Lots of good advice here, but my three favorites are nos. 21, 33, and 37. HEALTH:1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like beggar. 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 4. Live…

Happy Saga Dawa!

In the Tibetan tradition, June 7 was Saga Dawa, a remembrance of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. Saga Dawa is the entire fourth month of the Tibetan calendar which this year began on May 25 and ends on June 22. The seventh day of Saga Dawa, May 30, is the day of…

books for your Buddhist path

In a comment to this post Kristen asked for book suggestions to start exploring a Buddhist path. I first read books on Buddhism and the other Eastern wisdom traditions when I was in high school and college over 30 years ago. I put them down and picked them up again when I started back on…

where the rubber hits the road

“Buddhism is a practice,” says Levine. “It’s not a bumper sticker. It’s not about attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings with 10,000 other people. It’s about practicing generosity in your daily life. It’s getting on your ass and training your own mind on your meditation cushion.” from Dive-bar Dharma Considering that I just spent two days…

how easy to forget

“Happiness is what greases the wheels of life. It’s also what opens the floodgates, marshals the forces, commands the elements, raises the sun, aligns the stars, beats your heart, heals what hurts, turns the page, makes new friends, finds true love, calls the shots, waves the wand, connects the dots, feeds your mind, frees your…