Impermanence: A Trip to a Junk Store – May 25, 2017

  I recently stumbled upon a junk store.  I call it a junk store because unlike an antique store or a thrift store there is no attempt in this store to be organized, to highlight or even consider anything precious.  Items are piled upon each other without regard to logic or organization.  In fact the only organization I have learned is that when an estate is acquired the unsold items from a sale are simply…

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“Investing Energy in Face-to-Face Solidarity” – December 3, 2016

I hesitate to post this, so much has been said, written, and transmitted regarding events past and pending in the US especially after the election of our next president.  Noteworthy is virtually everyone has an opinion yet when tallied next to votes cast there is a surplus of opinions compared to total votes.  I did vote, I worked at the polls on election day.   In my opinion what first needs to happen is to…

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Sakyo and Shabutsu Dharma Talk – 23 October 2016

Thoughts on why we do this, how you might do it as part of your daily life, what you might do with the finished item. Let us combine both Shakyo and ShaButsu all together here to simplify the response.  Also I would like to set aside any discussion of the highly ritualized and formal practice. There is value in the formalized practice and there is value in a less formal practice.  It difficult to do…

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Rituals

(Revised from a blog post originally appearing January 20, 2013) In Nichiren Shu, there are rituals as part of the practice. For some these rituals can seem to be limiting. There may come times when we ask why do we do the same thing over and over? Nothing to changes, and it is annoying. Why don’t we do something different? Buddhism talks about a path to enlightenment. The Buddha revealed the destination through his personal…

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