Category Archives: Art

Who’s Suffering More?

During a recent class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center we discussed suffering. I “compare” my suffering to others, and always feel like my suffering is never as bad as someone else’s. I look at situations like the war in Syria, widespread … Continue reading

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To Nourish

Etymology: Middle English nurishen, from Anglo-French nuriss, stem of nurrir, norrir, from Latin nutrire to suckle, nourish; akin to Greek nan to flow, noteros damp, Sanskrit snauti it drips. The etymology of words fascinates me–how the sound of a word … Continue reading

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How do we know…

How do we know if our practice is a real practice? Only by one thing: more and more we just see the wonder. What is the wonder? I don’t know. We can’t know such things through thinking. But we always … Continue reading

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Nourishing the Heart

The disorders of desire discussed in a previous post are the emotional and spiritual hungers that lead to craving (desire) that then lead to all forms of dis-ease. Certainly to the emotional dis-eases of greed, jealousy, rage, etc., but as more and … Continue reading

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Disorders of Desire

The title of this post comes from a phrase in Ronna Kabatznick’s The Zen of Eating. She says the Buddha was not an expert on eating disorders but “his expertise on hungers of the heart and disorders of desire is … Continue reading

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Looking Right Here and Now

My spastic blogging in the last months of 2012 can be blamed on moving from Greenfield, MA back to the Boston area. It took more physical and psychic energy than I anticipated. A year ago, I moved to western MA … Continue reading

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Right Livelihood: A Personal Economy

This blog post by Tony Bernhard, a community dharma leader at Spirit Rock, seized my heart. I have alternated between thinking, or avoiding thinking, for years about this topic. “For us, livelihood is most often simply equated with our job, with what … Continue reading

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