Everything connects us to other things

Noah Ma-yo Sensei I’ve been developing a daily routine with my kids as I strive to teach them mindfulness and Buddhist principles. In the past several weeks we’ve been focusing on meditation and learning to sit quietly before going to bed. My 3-year-old can now sit for 60 seconds at a time and she’s so…

Practice Every Day or Everyday Practice? 

by Clarence Ratliff  I’ve often heard Buddhism referred to as a religion of practice rather than a religion of belief.  This stems from the fact that in Buddhism, generally speaking, you’re not asked to accept things just on faith. You’re asked to practice certain things and let experience validate the underlying philosophy. When two Buddhists meet the conversation…

Sacred Space

by Shirleen Soyo What makes a space sacred? Religious use? Blessings? Dedication? Perhaps it’s just a flip of a mind switch. The words about sacred space in Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambala this week spoke to me. I thought, “What if every space was sacred? Home? Everywhere would be filled with peace, unconditional love, and fun. Causes and conditions this past week allowed…

Skipping Stones on a Summer’s Day

   by Andy Jiyo   ORDER OF SERVICE Skipping Stones on a Summer’s Day (July 31st, 2011)  — GATHERING — PRELUDE                                            Country                           By Keith…

What is your song of gratitude?

Shaku Sayo Sensei A few days ago, a friend had asked me what do Buddhist recite, to say “thank you” to the Buddhas, Teachers and so forth. Basically, he wanted me to give him a recitation that is used for expressing gratitude. I thought for a moment. I have learned so many prayers and recitations…

Opening Buddha

by Ajita Choyo To glimpse the Dharma is to gleam the Buddha. I would like to look at the word “Buddha” as it appears cross-culturally. Those who follow the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism know the word “Buddha” to mean “the one who is awake” or “the enlightened one”. Buddha is awake to Absolute Truth/Reality….

For My Sensei

By Paul Toyo  In this adaptation of an ancient story, the teacher is compared to a host in his own house. The guests are those who are trying to study the Way. The guests are people who have never been in a house before and they only have vague ideas about what a house may be. Nevertheless,…

Look Deeply

by Ginny Parkum It’s early August in Harrisburg. At Wildwood Lake, the green sea of tall lotus plants are in full bloom, creamy yellow-white flowers following the sun as it crosses the blue sky, some leaves wrapped tight as sausages, most slowly waving like bright parasols over the murky water. These are real American lotus, Nelumbo lutea,…

Buddhist Traveler

by Toyo Teru  I am a traveler of sorts. I have traveled through myself. I have traveled across many pages of books. I have traveled the endless sky as I lay on my back gazing upward at a perfect sky. I have traveled in the memories of yore. I have traveled with many of whom have…

Three Dharma Spots at Bright Dawn

by Dawn Chiyo I was very moved by my experience during the Bright Dawn Induction at the beginning of the week. So many amazing people — we had wonderful talks, meaningful discussions, great laughter, and poignant moments. I will remember it always. In addition, the land surrounding and supporting the center itself seemed like a…