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2 Zen Monks

This version of this classic Zen story is from T. P. Kasulus’s Zen Action Zen Person (The University of Hawaii, 1981). (On Thursday evenings I lead a meditation group at a nearby prison.  Usually, after two 35-minute rounds of fomal seated zazen, which…

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Story about The Buddha and Kisagotami

This is the famous story of Kisagatomi as retold by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., in The Art of Happiness (N.Y.:  Riverhead, 1998).  After this experience, Kisagotami joined the Buddha’s Sangha [community of practitioners].  

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Story about The Buddha and the farmer

This very short story of The Buddha and the farmer comes from Steve Hagen’s Buddhism Plain and Simple [N.Y.:  Broadway, 1997].  I recorded it on SpeakPipe; you may need to turn up the volume.

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Natural Ice Safety

Natural ice safety This is a topic that naturally comes to my mind every year in early January. Conesus Lake, which is the lake in front of my home, has been frozen over for a few days.  So far, I’ve…

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Is It Time to Consider Keto?

Would you like to lose weight or reduce your percentage of body fat? If so, consider keto, in other words, a ketogenic diet or nutritional plan. It’s a good idea to check with your personal physician or other healthcare provider…

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Success or Mastery — Which is More Important?

“Success” and “mastery” must be understood before the question can be answered. I’m here using the concepts in an ordinary, but regimented, way. One way to explain the difference quickly is to use the ancient symbol of the cross, two straight…

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The Work

Unlike [physical] pain, suffering is optional.  The question is: ‘What’s the best way to reduce or eliminate suffering?’ There’s no one way that works best for everyone.  There are a number of methods and the one that is most effective…

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Time to Quit? Deciding When to Release

Is it possible to know when it’s time to quit? No – for a familiar reason:  Since the future is both unknown and unknowable, future consequences of present actions or inactions are also unknown and unknowable. However familiar, that’s a…

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Is Occasional Fasting Wise for Flourishing Physically?

The most important point to make about occasional fasting is:  don’t do it for any reason without the prior permission of your personal physician. There are all kinds of often fantastic claims about fasting, juice fasting, detoxing, colon cleanses, and…

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Small Business Employee Worried about Job Security

If you are a small business employee worried about job security, I have a suggestion for you. Before I mention the suggestion, please ask yourself (using the terms loosely), “Do I think of myself as my own business or as…

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