december buddhist carnival – the not so fluffy edition

hello there. been looking forward to this edition of the buddhist carnival for quite a while because the last one was a bit on the stunted side, what with being busy with NaNoWriMo. so this month’s edition has a bit more meat on it; in fact, your teeth will get quite a nice workout. i’m… Continue reading december buddhist carnival – the not so fluffy edition

november 2009 buddhist carnival

middle of the month: it’s buddhist carnival time! being all busy with NaNoWriMo, this is a quickie version – a little taste from the blogosphere, a buddhist smorgasbrod: a zen tale from secret forest the disciple threw stones in the water all day long. the next day, the master told him: “do throw a stone… Continue reading november 2009 buddhist carnival

buddhist carnival – september 2009 edition

welcome to the september edition of the buddhist carnival, where we showcase treasures from the buddhasphere. today we have compassion and helping hands, cockcroaches, sleep, returning to the centre and a bunch of (no)selves. as always, let’s start off with a poem: we dance around in a ring and suppose; but the secret sits in… Continue reading buddhist carnival – september 2009 edition

august 2009 buddhist carnival

here’s the buddhist carnival again! last month my blog was still sick and the carnival didn’t happen. glad to be back for august. the buddhist carnival is a romp / surf / drive / ride through the buddhist blogosphere (blugghasphere?) and today’s menu brings you posts on music, fashion, family, war, wishy-washy buddhism, persisting through the agony… Continue reading august 2009 buddhist carnival

buddhist carnival: april 2009, poetry month

the 15th, buddhist carnival time. it’s april, poetry month, so i’ll post only poems and poetry-related articles. from last month’s montreal zen poetry festival i longed to visit the eastern cliff countless years until today i finally grabbed a vine and climbed but halfway there met mist and wind the trail was too narrow for… Continue reading buddhist carnival: april 2009, poetry month

march 2009 buddhist carnival – in reverse

roses are blooming on the rosebush. there is nothing strange. the flower blooms silently and falls quietly without sound, never again to return to its branch. her total existence is expressed in that one moment. one place on the branch. that is the voice of the flower, the truth of the single flower on the… Continue reading march 2009 buddhist carnival – in reverse

tea, zen and the complexity of mental illness

my good friend carol has a new blog, cha-cha-cha – adventures with tea.  she just published one of my melodramatic poems there, ode to tea. tea – a neverending topic. reminds me a bit of the twitter and face-to-face conversations i’ve had in the last few days (with the ever-thoughtful ashok, for example) about  the… Continue reading tea, zen and the complexity of mental illness

there but for the grace of god go i: sunday inspiration

just musing over a few things here, inspired by some of the blogs i read … at nourish, a bittersweet post about jacqueline du pres, one of the most amazing musicians of the last century. this genius young cellist graced the world of classical music for a short 12 years. then her blazing light was… Continue reading there but for the grace of god go i: sunday inspiration