Tag Archives: Buddha

Guru Purnima

Today is the Indian festival of Guru Purnima, a celebration of  gratitude to teachers, both academic and spiritual. In sanskrit, gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of that darkness. Purnima means full moon and this day … Continue reading

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I am awake

In the context of sakura (cherry blossoms) blooming in Japan, Hana Matsuri, The Japanese Flower Festival, celebrates the birth of Buddha some 2500 years ago. To commemorate this auspicious day is the following traditional story adapted from Art of Dharma. It is … Continue reading

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Gentle ember of story

JB and I just finished the puzzle “The death of the historical Buddha” by Hanabusa Itcho. It was actually a pretty complex puzzle. We had it out in the living room where we had continual access to it. It was … Continue reading

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Buddhas in the ‘hood

Indira Freitas Johnson has carried out a new public works arts project, in collaboration with Ten Thousand Ripples, which embodies her belief in tolerance and dialogue, peace and communication. She has made 100 castings of a partial Buddha head and placed … Continue reading

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Vesak Day

This morning during advisory, one of my students handed me a Vesak card which was designed by her father. This auspicious day, the first full moon in May (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia) commemorates Buddha’s birth, death, and … Continue reading

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What happens when you acquire solar-powered enlightenment from Loew’s

Yes, the Buddha’s paint is peeling. On the other hand, it’s important to shed our personal baggage and the masks we wear in order to be released from continual reincarnation. Purchases at Loew’s apparently hold the key for escaping samsara … Continue reading

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Year of the Snake

My teacher for QiGong started class today wishing us all a Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Snake. One of the students asked what that meant and she proceeded to describe the Year of the Snake as a … Continue reading

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Enlightenment wears at least 16 disguises

Parinirvana Day commemorates the day that Buddha died, therefore his final release from karma and rebirth, his reaching final nirvana. It is either celebrated today, Feb. 8, or next Friday, Feb.15, depending on what sect of Buddhism you follow. This is … Continue reading

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The ash Buddha

Today JB and I cut down a volunteer ash tree right between the neighbor’s and our backyard. The tree has been getting repeatedly tangled in the powerlines. It was growing in the exact wrong spot, right underneath the place where … Continue reading

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Solar-powered enlightenment

JB and I had looked for a Buddha for the garden for Father’s Day but were unable to find one we liked. We actually went out to a place where concrete garden sculptures are cast, but there were no Buddhas … Continue reading

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