Category Archives: Buddha

Gyoban on the porch

JB has been making gyobans lately. He has made them for friends and family and just finished one for us which we hung on the back porch. We first saw a gyoban when we were in Japan visiting Basho’s grave. … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s footprint in Bloomington, Indiana

We just got back from an Indiana roadtrip initiated in part by a wedding we wanted to attend of the daughter of old friends who live there. We stretched the trip into a few extra days to vacation and explore, … Continue reading

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Not too much is better than that

My friend Michael took me on an adventure today to Richmond Illinois to a place called by the owner’s name— Ginger Blossom. He even packed a lunch for us—peanut butter and jelly (raspberry) sandwiches on toasted(!) whole grain bread, chips, … Continue reading

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State of meditation lasting 1,000 years

This 1000 year old Chinese bronze sculpture of Buddha holds more than is obvious to the naked eye. It holds the mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Liuquan, a master of the Chinese Meditation School, at least this is who … 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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“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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Ten sacred achievements on Vesak Day

How I spent Vesak Day, the sacred day commemorating Buddha’s birth, death, and enlightenment (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia): 1. Worked with colleagues to craft a grievance. 2. Learned how to catch a stack of quarters from the … Continue reading

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