shhhhh…..

Sindhu of Flower Girl’s Rural India commented on my sense of my new found spaciousness. She said that she felt the same: “I practice Silence “Mouna” My dad used to practice this for a Mandala period, when he would be on complete silence….I am refraining from responding unless otherwise required. I have reduced responding nearly…

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…

this is me on yoga

not really, but it looks like me….I have cats, I have the dark, curly hair, I have the incense and the mala and the orange walls in my yoga room. I bought this giclee from the Shambhala Sun, a Buddhist magazine that I’ve subscribed to for a long time. had to have it, and yes,…

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…

in his presence again

I leave tomorrow for Ann Arbor, Michigan where His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a teaching. I will see him again in July when he visits Madison, Wisconsin. Last year I wrote about the first time I saw him in Madison, which was an incredible experience. to be in his presence is simply amazing….

buddhist dog

(photo credit: The Buddhist Channel) Conan, the Buddhist dog, is just too sweet not to write about. “Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations. The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him….

"ecology of mind"

Here is Chogyam Trungpa’s “ecology of mind”, a talk given at Naropa University in 1974. for those of you who don’t know him, Trungpa was the “crazy wisdom” meditation teacher credited with bringing the Shambhala tradition of Buddhism to the west in terms accessible to westerners. The Shambhala tradition believes in the inherent wisdom, compassion,…

be here now

DeKalb Chronicle photo Eric Sumberg Campus Horror “What is known about the gunman late Thursday is that he was an NIU sociology graduate student in spring 2007, said Peters, who added that the gunman apparently has no police record and there was no known motive for the shootings as of Thursday evening.” I was not…

when loving-kindness is needed

(Photo for the Tribune by Patrick Yeagle) About 5 hours ago I had to deal with students whose friends witnessed a massacre. 7 dead in NIU shooting; 4 identified; Ex-graduate student slays 6 before killing himself I teach at a community college that is less than 40 minutes from Northern Illinois University. I was starting…

let’s not forget Burma

The troubles in Burma still continue. It was not just a blip on the radar screen. This is a video of an interview with Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about Burma and engaged Buddhism. In the meantime, we can all send our dirty underwear to Burmese embassies. “Activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply…

right livelihood

Dzambhala — Buddhist — He embodies the power of wealth to benefit beings. He symbolizes “richness” in all its forms and holds the mongoose which vomits jewels for the benefit of beings. Ganesha — Hindu — God of Prosperity Right Livelihood is one part of the Ethical Conducts in the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha…

buddhist monks protest in Burma

(photo credit: The Buddhist Channel) How can anyone not be moved by the sight of thousands of Buddhist monks marching in peaceful protest against a military regime? Witnesses reported that the monks marched from their monasteries chanting the “Metta Sutta” (the Buddha’s words on loving-kindness.) The army has been told to be prepared to fire…