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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

We Are All a Little Broken… Don’t get over it

We all are a little broken. And that's okay. Really, it is. In "The Art of Happiness" the Dalai Lama confided to his interviewer that he had a huge regret. He then shared a very sad story. The interviewer asked him if he ever got over it. The Dalai Lama was surprised. "Get over it? No... why would I expect to get over it." (my paraphrase) Perhaps a lot of our suffering comes from the expectation of Getting Over Things. The cost of this expectation likely accounts for more lost time at work, with family, and in life in general than cancer, alcoholism and the common cold put together. The question we all ask is "How do I accept that there is no arriving at permanent happiness?"  It is a long road, hundreds, maybe thousands of books have been written on the subject.  Next time you are feeling miserable or broken try to pause and ask yourself, "Is there another way of looking at this?"  Merely pausing and reflecting may reduce tension, may allow you to, well, find some acceptance in the midst of a society riddled with high expectations.  Yes, it's a paradox of sorts.  There are a lot of those floating around. My job is to get used to them. [...]
By |September 5th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Surrendering Narcissism? It Hurts So Bad

Ever get into a huff that things are not going your way? Are you hurt when you don't feel understood, and then think that there is either a) something wrong with you or b) something wrong with the person who hurt or insulted you? We toss the term narcissistic around like a ball. We insult people by calling them "raging narcissists" because, sometimes, when narcissism is pierced, people yell, scream, rant, toss out sarcasm or even calmly blame you for wronging them. Plenty of books appear on shelves and iPads about how to leave a narcissist. But I could not find a single one about how to love one or awaken to the notion that you ARE one, or at least just a little bit of one, yourself.  [...]
By |August 28th, 2014|Mindfulness, Psychology, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Little Jizo and Grief Story

I received this note from one of our peeps, who collects my Jizos. "I gave one of your pendants to a friend.  She wore it constantly while her mom was sick and dying from a brain tumour. She said that by wearing it, it did indeed help to keep her grounded and granted her some inner peace. I'd say that you're leaving quite a good trail of footprints on the web for all that seek it and are ready to follow to wherever the journey leads. Thank you again Valerie." [...]
By |February 6th, 2014|Jewelry, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Basho and His Words, Jizo & Seeking Peace

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."  ~ Basho I have used beautiful quotes of Basho's for a long time.  And while I loved his words, I did not know anything about the man, the poet.  It is in grounding myself in my Jizo-experience that I able to be curious about the source of words, the source of ideas I had taken for granted.  Maybe I am seeing a little more deeply, patiently? [...]
By |June 27th, 2013|All, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo Haiku

The other day in meditation, I was gazing at a painting I had made of Jizo.  I began lazily to count the brush strokes and realized there were approximately 17 in each painting.  The word "haiku" drifted through my mind.  17 syllables for haiku, 17 brush strokes for Jizo. [...]
By |July 17th, 2011|All, Buddhism, Statues|0 Comments

Memorial Day, A Day to Grieve?

While it seems that barbecues, picnics and traffic are what Memorial Day has become, it is a opportunity for grieving. Jizo Bodhisattva is known for his compassion and wish for all suffering to end. [...]
By |May 30th, 2010|All, Holidays, Meditation|1 Comment
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