TED talk about compassion and Buddhism and peace by Tenzin Bob Thurman from 2006 (posted 2007). He contends that we should be compassionate because it is more fun. When does suffering begin and the good times end? When we ask, “How much fun am I having? When will it end?” Our suffering ends when we…
Author: Francis Maile
Best Father’s Day wishes to all fathers everywhere – even mine. An inspirational Father’s Day story Another take on the subject I have nothing to add.
Tricycle’s Change Your Mind Day
Change Your Mind Day | Tricycle Change Your Mind Day 2008 will be held on June 7th, the first Saturday in June, on tricycle.com. Please send us news of your own Change Your Mind Day! In 1993 Tricycle created Change Your Mind Day, an afternoon of free meditation instruction, as a way of introducing the…
Crash and Burn
I just didn’t make it this time. Life got in the way. Of course I let it. We traveled to China to adopt our son. I vainly thought I could maintain my sitting practice, but alas I didn’t even make through the first week of the trip. I beat myself up over this for some…
It all goes away; the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. When it goes, what remains?
No really. I just can’t keep count anymore. I sit everyday and at some point I’ll figure out which day it is. Every day.
So why Zazen anyway? Thats is a very good question. I don’t really know why I do it. Sure, a big reason is that I want enlightenment. I don’t know what that is, but I want it. Which I guess means I don’t know what it is I want. Which comes back around to not…
A new habit is born. Smack that puppy on the backside and welcome to the world. Well, we’ll see. I made it to day 50-something last time. Old habits – especially lazy habits – don’t die so easily. New ones must be nurtured. But that isn’t really the point. Sit every day – except when…
One more day and a habit is born. Isn’t that what they say? I’m starting to settle into a little – late nights notwithstanding. Just keep pluggin’ along. Bow, sit, get up, keep going.
Good Karma Plugin
I tried my hand at writing a plugin for the WordPress blogging system which is the system this blog runs on. It didn’t turn out too badly. I hope to write more in the future. Appropriately enough, the plugin places a graphic link to The Hunger Site in the sidebar of a blog. The blog…