Category Archives: buddhism

Dealing With Life’s Ups and Downs

How well do you deal with life’s ups and downs? If you’re anything like me (and you’re honest about it), the probable answer is, not very well. When unexpected and undesired things happen, the inevitable first reaction is, “No! I … Continue reading

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Receiving is as important as giving

Giving is a good thing. These days, the world feels like it is getting more and more mean-spirited and selfish, so in such a hostile setting it is a soothing balm to find people who are thinking about others and … Continue reading

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Life is not a straight line

Life is not a straight line. It’s a meandering stream, Spilling down a mountain with no regard for direction or destiny, Gurgling its way this way and that way and back to this way only to go that way. Life … Continue reading

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The shape of pain

Common Zen wisdom says to observe everything and stay in the present moment. This is where joy is. Observing everything means even the nasty parts, like pain. Have you ever explored what pain feels like? For me, I’ll readily admit … Continue reading

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Learning acceptance from a mangy dog

The skinny dog limped onto the road. Her ribs stuck out, a thin fur hanging unevenly over them. There was no one on the road at this time of the day; every sane soul was taking shelter from the sharp … Continue reading

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Summer Dusk

When was the last time you sat still and let the sinking, evening sun kiss your cheek goodbye? I mean, simply sat, doing nothing, unmoving, so that the fleeting rays could sneak one last peck before the night arrived? It … Continue reading

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Discovering Friendship in a Bhel Vendor

Every evening, as the sun begins to descend from its high perch, a bhel vendor quietly rolls his rickety food cart down my road. It is a daily, late afternoon ritual, when the sun’s rays take on softer tones, and … Continue reading

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