Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are?  The answer may surprise you.  Of course it’s easy to dismiss such a ridiculous question as “Who am I”?  I know who I am. I am a man, a woman; I am a father, a mother; I am a doctor, a manager; I am a joke-teller, an asker of silly questions. but saying all …

Through a Glass Darkly – Living with Uncertainty

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” St. Paul, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, verse 12 What do we really know about the future?  Can we predict or prepare with any certainty for tomorrow?  We believe our …

Life is but a Dream

“Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu, the old philosopher had a dream. Chuang Tzu dreamed he was a butterfly, and while he dreamed he was a butterfly, flitting about, he was happy to be a butterfly. Suddenly Chuang Tzu awakened.  He was Chuang Tzu again.  Now was Chuang Tzu a man who dreamed he was a butterfly, or was he …

What’s Lovingkindness got to do with it?

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method that rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “Society is full of …

The Net of Indra

The Net of Indra (or What does the Big Oil Slick in the Gulf or Vanishing Polar Bears in the Arctic Have to do with Me?) “Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections …

My Words are Easy to Understand

“My words are easy to understandAnd easier to put into practice,Yet no one in the world understands or practices them.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 70 These words were written by Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, the other great Chinese philosophical school (along with Buddhism and Confucianism), but they apply equally to Buddhist or any other spiritual practice. …

Cooling the Flames of Fury

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Road rage, roid rage, mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore. sometimes it appears as if the only thing we have in common with our fellows is our feeling of ill …

Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!

The Practice of Mindfulness “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated that that.” Sylvia Boorstein Right Mindfulness is one of the elements of the eight-fold path (the fourth noble truth of Buddhism) and a cornerstone of Buddhist Practice.   The word “Buddha” means “awakened one”, and it implies, that most of us are sleepwalkers, …

The Haiku View

Haiku is a style of poetry, originating in Japan, which is structured on a metrical pattern of 17 units; in English most often seen as a three-line pattern of 5-7-5 syllables.  It generally involves elements of nature, and is, in it’s essence, brief, personal and direct.  The form has been used by poets both East and West, but in particular …

When it Rains. The Power of Positive Practice

“.for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  Matthew 5:45 It’s raining today, it rained yesterday, and, in all likelihood (according to the forecast), it will rain again tomorrow.  One thing is certain:  When the time and conditions are right, the sun will out …