Tag Archives: Buddhism

“Relax” by Ellen Bass

Bad things are going to happen. Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue cashmere sweater in the … Continue reading

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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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Kensho

Kensho, 見性, in Japanese and in the Zen tradition, means initial insight or awakening, but not yet full Buddhahood or satori. It literally means “seeing” (ken) “nature” or “essence” (sho).

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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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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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