Yearly Archives: 2013

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Mistake After Mistake After Mistake…

Here’s the Zen Joke.  I wrote a great piece, which was not the piece I meant to write, and I SO enjoyed writing it… and then my computer went ka-blooey and a little Apple Pinwheel spun around and around and everything froze.  I had to force-quit without saving the piece.  So, all I have is [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:43-07:30 May 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Upon Enlightenment Every Human Becomes Wonderful

This was supposed to be a blog about Suzuki Roshi’s quote about making mistake after mistake after mistake.  As often happens, wonderful mistakes occur when I search the Internet.  First, I found this — a quote from Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” He was a Zen Master. And [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:45-07:30 April 30th, 2013|Buddhism, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Visit with a Craving

In my understanding of Buddhism, hell is being stuck in a state of desire, of craving, of wanting anything other than what is right here, right now.  Jizo is the bodhisattva whose role it is to help us out of these realms, making a vow to evolve to a higher state. […]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:46-07:30 April 29th, 2013|Buddhism, Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did You Quit Meditating… Again?

I know you have heard that we meditate to improve cognitive functioning, to bring peace, to cope with anxiety, and for myriad other reasons — just fill in the blanks.  Bottom line: the consensus is that meditating is good for you.  Kind of like broccoli. And yet, most of us quit. Eventually. And still, many [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:48-07:30 April 16th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to the Yoga Mat

I just had to get off the yoga mat to write this down this morning. I had not, until this very moment, internalized lovingkindness while I was doing yoga, or aerobics or Pilates mat work. I am always pushing myself to do longer asanas, more reps, better form. […]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:49-07:30 April 14th, 2013|Mindfulness|2 Comments

Fidgeting & Lovingkindness

I was an active kid.  Not hyper-active, just spirited.  Playful.  Funny.  In meditation, this part of me arises.  Sometimes it is a whisper. Sometimes a volcano. Mostly, it’s just me being fidgety. Around age six, I attended Sunday church services with my mom. I remember her whispering, “Sit still.”  She would promise me a root [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:49-07:30 April 12th, 2013|All, Meditation|0 Comments

Tonglen: A Prayer for The End of Suffering

Part of much meditation is a practice called tonglen. The Dalai Lama is said to practice tonglen every day. It is the practice of praying for yourself and for others, rather than focusing on breath, on the compassionate observation of the Monkey Mind, the Idea Horse. I was introduced to the idea of tonglen many [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:50-07:30 March 28th, 2013|All|4 Comments

Shibarare Jizo: The Rope-Tied Jizo

Every Jizo in every village has a story.  This is the story of Shibarare Jizo.   He is completely covered with ropes people have tied around him while making wishes.  The most well known Shibarare (Shi-ba-ra-re) Jizo is at Narihira Temple in Tokyo.  In my search to understand this Jizo, I found this story from the [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:51-07:30 March 20th, 2013|All|0 Comments