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Make Jizo Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day. A day for heart-shaped boxes, long-stemmed roses, and cute quips contained within colorful Hallmark cards. Every February 14th, we flock to florists and chocolatiers like ducks to water in order to engage in what has become the almost ritualistic practice of honoring an individual (or individuals) we romantically admire. But what do really [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Education, Holidays, News|0 Comments

Buddhism 101: The Bodhisattva and Jizo

Bodhisattva. For the non-Buddhist, it is almost certainly a foreign term.  Maybe you recall the name of an old Steely Dan album, at best. Put simply, bodhisattva is “a Sanskrit term for anyone or anything motivated by great compassion.” It is a combination of two separate Sanskrit concepts: Bodhi—meaning awakening or enlightenment Sattva—meaning existence, reality [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Buddhism, Education, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, News|0 Comments

Jizo, Buddha and The Second Step

The integration of The Twelve Steps with Buddhism has become increasingly popular, as mindfulness continues to cross over from "spiritual philosophy" to practical, every day self-care. This morning, it dawned on me that the words Buddha spoke upon his awakening were very much like those of people in 12 Step programs who have taken the 2nd [...]

By |January 29th, 2016|Buddhism, Education|0 Comments

Why learn? Why school? Why a Fly?

Chibi is plagued by WHY? Why are we here?  Why do we have to learn algebra?  Why are you You?  Why am I ME? It is back-to-school time.  After all the new clothes, if there are new clothes, and new notebooks, pencils and pens  — and for those fortunate enough to attend middle school in Manhattan Beach, Calif., new iPads, as they are now mandatory for all students.  After the apps, the phones, the haircuts and confusion, comes the existential query:  Why learn?  Why do I have to write paragraphs?  Why term papers?  Why geometry, calculus, physics, novels and discussions? […]

By |September 5th, 2012|All, Books, Education, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|1 Comment
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