Saturday, December 22, 2007


I found this interesting post on being a Buddhist and celebrating Christmas.

some things to look at

I'm afraid I'm just noting the links I've explored in this blog. I suppose I hope to add some unique content beyond.

I've been struggling in my meditation with the stress and demands of the holidays. I slept late this morning, but got in a sit. The boy will sleep later because William doesn't have to get up for school.

I'm working on an essay with the strong editorial assistance of Bodhipaksa, for his lovely site.

I hope to see Vajramati today.

Anyway, here are some links I've looked at recently of interest.

Here is an interesting article on American Buddhism.

Visible mantra is one I've been looking into.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Naming Ceremony

We had a lovely ceremony a few weekends ago. Rosa's buddhist name is: Akusita (alert,
careful, mindful).

Made me think a lot about my own son's naming ceremonies. I especially love the circle of protectors. We tie a string or yarn around everyone's wrists, and you wear it till it falls off. I still have mine for Trebor and Jen's daughter. Non-Buddhists who came would tell me when theirs fell off, it connected with them too. It's a lovely lovely ritual. I recommend it to all Buddhists who have children. The ritual says, "hey world, we have a baby."

I found a family retreat at IMS, but Diana can't go, and I don't want to take my kids alone. So I won't be going on their family retreat, but I'm going to keep looking for them. I look with envy across the pond at England and all their rich activity, where the FWBO is strong.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Interesting stories in NY Times

Some women just were more mindful and that changed their health.

Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a 100-year-old Buddhist Zen master of the Rinzai school has an interview here.

There's another article about him, lays out his background. I thought this was an interesting quote from the article: "Her deputy here is an 18-year-old Albuquerque high school graduate, Emily Robinson, who has put off college and advanced so quickly that she has been offered priesthood, though she is now hesitating. “I always thought I wanted to be ordained until the day I found out it was available to me,” she said."

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Worst Horse

Worst Horse is a blog that has good links. There's a cool link on lookalikes amongst old Buddhists and current starts.

double bubble

double bubble
Originally uploaded by Steve took it
Another cool Flickr discovery! Click on the link under the photo to see more!

heavy metal and dharma

I posted a kind of guilty appreciation of what I saw as dharma in a heavy metal song. I fond today a post about heavy metal and the dharma.