Tag Archives: Buddhism

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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My dentist is an artist

The photo above is what I stared at for the last two hours. My dentist was trying to save a crown but apparently my root had fractured so we needed to move to implant stage. He decided to create a … Continue reading

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“The Paradox of our Age” by the 14th Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicines but less healthiness. We’ve been all the way to … Continue reading

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How my Prius C continually teaches me mindfulness

Sometimes when I show up at work, I have no memory of how I got there. It’s a 20 mile drive and sometimes I am surprised, as I grab my briefcase from the trunk of the car, that I have … 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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Form is emptiness, emptiness is form

The Heart Sutra Translation by Edward Conze Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom, the Lovely, the Holy! Avalokita, The Holy Lord and Bodhisattva, was moving in the deep course of the Wisdom which has gone beyond. He looked down from … 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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Selected before need

Zen koan found on my morning walk in the cemetery near our house.

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Abundant blessings

IB is home. He landed in Chicago about 10:30 last night, after almost 27 hours of travel. He looked tired, but fit and bright. We met him with some friends, a large banner supported by our efforts on Google Translate, … Continue reading

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When is a book a book III: book as architecture

King Mindon Min (1808-1878) of Burma created the largest book in the world. It’s a book you need to walk through in order to read, but a book nonetheless. He was afraid that Buddhist teachings would be lost with the … Continue reading

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