Welcome to Melting-Pot Dharma

…what I’m aiming to promote [is] — a universal spiritual oneness for all of us, welcoming to those who may be seeking refuge from a narrow sense of religion.

The Law of Long Weekends

Originally posted on Finding my Miracle:
I’m going to tell you a story about my wild Friday night. It’s a long story and brevity is not a strength of mine but I’m going to do my best to keep it to the point. This might be a challenge, though, because to be honest, at this…

In Hospital & Out

I wish I could say that my Buddhist equanimity, developed over decades of practice, kept me from panicking, but I’d be violating the Fourth Precept, the one about false speech.

Solar Energy – Day One

I could tell people that it’s a 9.12 kilowatt system expected to produce 971 kilowatt hours a month, but what does that mean in the real word?

Loving The World We Touch

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Weblog:
In today’s media-saturated world, it can feel like we are in perpetual crisis. A full panoply of suffering assaults us on every side – news of murders, wars, disease, famine, environmental destruction, social injustices, etc. Every issue is important and horrifying and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is little we…

Getting to Know my Mind

Although my visual memory is close to nonexistent, in real time I follow my monkey mind, which responds to what it sees. But I am not my mind just as I am not my body. I don’t need to let a monkey lead me.

Pain and Dukkha

The Buddha said that all of his teachings were about dukkha and the cessation of dukkha. That leaves us with a religion based around single word, whose translation is tricky.

Buddha’s Little Helper?

I felt as though I had reached a new level in my spiritual development — a step closer to Buddha-hood. Despite recent severe pain and despite shoulder surgery scheduled for next week, I was happy.

‘This Body Is Not Me’

So, indeed, this body is not me. It’s nothing like the body that ran three marathons in 1979 and ’80.

Compassion

Originally posted on Mind Without Walls:
When we open the gate of suffering within our own hearts we find that compassion is the transforming principle – compassion is the antidote to suffering.  By understanding that all people feel the same suffering that we feel we can realize that, in this way, we are all the same…

On Not Wearing a Watch

So what started as a cultural adaptation became a spiritual one. We Buddhists like to live in the present moment — the here and the now — without fixation on past and future.