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A Fish In Water

“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys, how’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What […]

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Shelter from the Storm

Buddham saranam gacchami I go for refuge to the Buddha; Dhammam saranam gacchami I go for refuge to the Dhamma; Sangham saranam gacchami I go for refuge to the Sangha. Lately, it has occured to me that we have lost our sense of danger and our need for refuge.  We love movies and books about […]

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Taking Refuge

All week, I was aware of a loud buzzing sound when I opened my car door and at regular intervals.  It filled my consciousness.  I was sure my Toyota Prius didn’t make this sound before it was repaired–before the accident I was in about a month ago.  Really, did it buzz that loudly before?   My […]

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In the Chapter Room

photo by wallyg “The solitary life, being silent, clears away the smoke-screen of words that man has laid down between his mind and things,” writes Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude.  “In solitude we remain face to face with the naked being of things. And yet we find that the nakedness of reality which we […]

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Entering the Temple

Most Sunday evenings, I sit and conspire with others.   I mean this in the sense of the Latin roots of the word con, with, and spirare, to breathe .  A group of monks sit quietly in a second floor yoga studio and breathe together.   As the French-born Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard explains in the current […]

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