Tag Archives: buddhism

Happy new year!

Happy new year, everyone! 2007 was a tough one, so I’m optimistic. Candice and I just opened our wall calendar for the year. Last year’s was Paris, that we brought back from our honeymoon. Before that it was Hello Kitty all the way down. But this year’s is Thich Nhat Hanh’s, and on the inside […]

How much fun could this be?

Fine, I guess I won’t bring my beer helmet:

Open-source Zen

From the “Thanks” section of the White Wind Zen Centre’s newsletter: From Mishin tando, “Thank you to the Roshi for finding numerous Open Source Software resources so that Practice Council work can be done without resorting to being locked-in to proprietary software; [...]“ Good that the Roshi took care of that, but also good that […]

Routine as mindfulness practice

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been resisting routine in my life for a long time, and it’s getting a bit silly now. There are a whole bunch of things on my 101 in 1001 list that ought to be really easy (and ought to be done by now), but which are still underway after […]

Zen and the art of.. Zen

Having gone through the basics of Buddhism — the Four Noble Truths that outline the core beliefs, the Eightfold Path that outlines the core practice, and a bit about the Buddha himself — I’d like to get a little more specific now and talk about Zen. The reason that I’ve been explaining the basics of […]

Buddhism: Buddha himself

So far in my I-guess-it’s-kind-of-a-series of posts about Buddhism I’ve been talking about what Buddhists believe, without a whole lot of background, because the historical context isn’t really necessary to understand the core of Buddhism. In my next post I’m going to narrow the focus down to Zen specifically, but before that I’d like to […]

Buddhism 102: The Eightfold Path

In my last post about Buddhism, I talked about the Four Noble Truths. This time I’m going to concentrate on the fourth Noble Truth: The path to the cessation of suffering is the Eightfold Path. As I mentioned before, the fundamental problem of Buddhism is suffering. The Eightfold Path is the way out: a program […]

Buddhism 101

The best way to begin talking about Buddhism is to ask a simple question: What is it all about? Conveniently for us, there is a straightforward answer to that question in the form of the Four Noble Truths, which outline the whole point of Buddhism. (Incidentally, you’ll notice that Buddhists are fond of numbered lists. […]