Author: Miles Murphy

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Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing

“Fa-yung lived in seclusion on Niu-t’ou Mountain. When Tao-hsin went there, Fa-yung offered to put him up in a spot behind his cave. On the way there, they spotted wild animals, whereupon Tao-hsin feigned fear. Fa-yung said; “I see that...

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Leggo my Ego

This past weekend I did my first shift as hospitality volunteer at a hospice in my community.  It’s a small, very personal place and, surprisingly upbeat for a facility that revolves around residents engaged in the final journey of their...

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Life’s a S’more

Last week at work, a colleague left a strange-looking “edible” on the cabinet usually reserved for shared treats (a dangerous locale for the calorie-conscious).  It looked like some kind of burnt offering, oozing with a viscous brown liquid that resembled...

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I Read, Therefore I Am! – A Literary Ramble

“The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings.” -Jorge Luis Borges,The Library of Babel I cannot imagine a life...

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My Religion is Kindness

“My Religion is Kindness”: The Charter of Compassion and a New Global Ethic “My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness.”Tenzin Gayatso, the 14th Dalai Lama It seems inconceivable that in the 21st Century the world is still plagued...

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If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going…

I went to see a movie with a friend last weekend… “Uncle Boonmee Who can Recall his Past Lives”, a film by the Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  The film received very favourable reviews and was awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or...

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Worry… Worry… Worry… (Not!)

The thing that strikes me most about the Dalai Lama is not his political or religious leadership of Tibet’s community in exile, not his winning of the Nobel peace prize, nor his profound wisdom or encyclopedic knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism;...

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Why did the Buddha Cross the Road? Buddhism and Humour

Q: What did a Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? A: Make me one with everything. We don’t often associate Buddhism with humour.  After all, the principal teaching of Buddhism is suffering, and, at first glance, suffering seems antithetical to...

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Slow Down Now

“Slow down Jo Anybody ever tell you that you move too fast?Anybody ever tell you how to make a good thing last? Cuz it ain’t like that . . .” Monsters of Folk Do you feel that everything in your life...