Category Archives: buddhism

Bright, red nail polish

Sometimes, a girl just needs bright, red nail polish. I am finding the world quite taxing these days. It’s hotter than it should be in November, thanks to global warming. I take a deep breath and it feels like I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism, City life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Unpleasant Things And What They Teach Us

The yellowed, dying leaf drifted slowly towards the ground. Its green brothers, luminous and firm, watched silently. In the next instant, the wind moved playfully through them, as if the yellow leaf had never existed. I took a sip of … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stillness in Kyoto

The ultimate zen aspiration is stillness. This appeals to me. When I am still, I see things as they are. When I am churned, everything is confused. In such a state, how is it possible to take the right action? … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quiet As A Still Pond

A few days ago, I wrote about How To Calm Down when we feel agitated. It’s a tough task, to say the least. At the moment of aggravation, giving in to the hot flush of self-righteous indignation is so tempting. And … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Calm Down

We all have those moments when we blow our top. When a rogue auto rickshaw barrels into us at a suicidal speed for the umpteenth time. When people brusquely cut in front of us even as we wait obediently for … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Seeing is Believing

“See things as they are, and all your suffering will end.” So says the Buddha. This same message is given by Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, and the Bhagavad Gita. My favourite American Zen Buddhist nun, Charlotte Joko-Beck, says it too. I … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A reflection about this blog

A few months ago, I committed to myself that I would write at least one post every week for my blog community. After all, we had found each other, spread out geographically, across all differences on the basis of a … Continue reading

Posted in buddhism, City life, Fitness, human behaviour, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment