It can only be what it is...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Never know who'll you'll meet...

So, my daughter is having a few friends over for a birthday party. As any modern parent asks , are there any allergies, food restrictions etc. that we need to know about. Aside from peanut allergies , one kid is newly vegetarian. Okay , cool with me as I am too, but then this is when it gets odd.
The kid also wants to be a Buddhist. There is no-one in his family that is...and questioning his parents their not sure where it came from. My daughter had told him not to worry, my Dad is Buddhist and vegetarian. It made for some interesting conversations with a twelve year old.

Now can it be that his past lives are close to the surface, and that on some level he remembers ?
Either way I am happy for this kid, he gets a head start on his Dharma hopefully.

Also he wears a Che Guevara T-shirt- and knows who he is.
One non-typical twelve year old.
Glad I got to meet him.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Buddha on PBS

Well, missed the show on Wednesday night, but managed to catch it on the Internet via YouTube due to the fact the CRTC here in Canada blocks Internet feed from T.V. shows in the U.S. but PBS thankfully created a YouTube channel.
There seems to be a little disappointment that it was not more detailed, or more in depth. Realistically, I feel that they did great job. The average person without any knowledge of Buddhism would not be turned away or confused.
I for one would love to see more programming like that on TV to at least counter balance all the violence and sludge out there.
That's it for now

Monday, April 5, 2010

# 4

Recently read in order to have peace in your life you need to ''be the peace''. I think I finally get it. At the time that I read this I had just had a bit of a temper tantrum and and went somewhere with my anger that I was not happy about.
It really seems to be the case however, that when you exude peace and stability it ''infects'' others around you.
It is hard though I must say , to maintain that calm and composure when around you everyone is going to pot as the expression goes.
I am making a commitment however to being that calm, cool and collected person that I want, NEED to be for myself and for the betterment of those around me.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

# 3

Allright then, settling in to this idea of expressing my ideas in this format, as opposed to just writing them down in a little book that no-one will ever read.

Meditation , I really want to , but with a full time job, family life and a myriad of other responsibilites, how am I ever going to be able to make more time.
In all honesty there are some brief periods daily where I sort of do a walking meditation while walking my dog. Does that count ?
I would think it has to.

I am currently reading ''The Gateless Gate'' by Koun Yamada. This collection of Zen Koans really interests me although I find some of the commentary harder to follow than the koan itself. It is really fascinating to me how some writers tackle a subject almost as if to say, if it's not uber-complicated it (the writing) lacks depth and meaning. I guess that's where ego plays it's hand.

Personally I prefer the K.I.S.S. method(Keep it simple stupid). Perhaps a little crass but generally I would think that one writes to be understood or at the very least to transmit clearly and concisely a message.

I just read Dr.Wayne Dyer's latest post on the need to be right all the time. It is insightful ,as I think we all have a tendency to want to be right. Unfortunately sometimes the need is greater than the reason. We have all known someone (myself included) that at times refuses to listen to reason and maintains their position even when you know that you are wrong. Lately I have been making an effort and for me personally admitting my mistakes,errors or weaknesses has been a positive.
I am able to view these not as negatives but just things that are. Liberating these thoughts can be...(said in my best Yoda voice)

That's all for now,