The Life of the Buddha

It’s easy to forget, when we are caught in the busy-ness of our lives, that we are on a journey.  Though we may not realize it, we are constantly growing, adapting and refining our understanding of what is around us and our relationship to it. In reflecting on the Life of the Buddha and how
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Transition

I am savoring each day here in the woods watching and feeling Spring emerge around me.  I was struck this morning by the textures of transition.  Here last year’s leaves have not yet given way to new growth.
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He Walks

Thank you for the healing thoughts and well-wishing for Hakuna.  The operation seems to have been a success and while he tires easily, his gait looks great and he’s a happy wanderer.
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Who are you REALLY?

Ramana Maharshi claimed you could unveil your true nature by constantly dwelling on the question, “Who Am I?” The practice of self-inquiry has been a doorway to insight for eons.  The more we look, according to both science and Buddhism, the more we into the nature of things. One of the cornerstones in Buddhist practice,
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Happy for No Reason: Viva La Vida

Great close ups.  Great tune and wonderful voices. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tcE4rWovI&feature=related]
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Pain and the Second Arrow

Since the topic of suffering is a constant in Buddhist teachings, I thought I’d mention how my dog is doing.  His relationship to pain is so much different than mine. Three years ago in a fit of irrational exuberance, he took off chasing some deer in the Maryland woods and launched himself off a dry
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First Bug of 2009

I just have to chronicle this.  The first bug of 2009.  Actually, there were a lot of them down by the river yesterday.  Lots of birds diving and skimming the surface of the river catching the first fresh food of the spring.  This is taken with my iphone … not great quality.
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Happy for No Reason: Bluung!

Some of the most popular viral videos are of laughing babies.  This is one of the most viewed. Why are we as humans so entranced by these?  There is something here in the joyful absurdity of it all that touches the heart and alters the moment. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk&feature=related]
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Happy for No Reason: The T-Mobile Dance

There are a number of viral videos of ‘spontaneous’ group events in public places.  This is the first time I’ve seen a company get involved in sponsorship.  I’ve watched this a few times and find it hard not to get choked up, especially when I look for the faces of people who get caught up
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Happy for No Reason: Come and Dance

Come and Dance.  Enchanting.  Go full screen if you can. [youtube]ZnJx3YhEq5A[/youtube]
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Working with Desire

  Buddhist psychology speaks to cultivating healthy desires, minimizing unhealthy desires and ultimately going beyond desire. Willpower determines how energy flows. Healthy desires lead to gratitude, joy, generosity, stewardship and service.  Unhealthy desires lead to greed, compulsion, self-centeredness and suffering. I remember years ago on a retreat going through the food line and realizing that
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Too Happy for Any Reason: Despondex

For a serious counterbalance:  Despondex. [youtube]jd4tugPM83c[/youtube]
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