the smaller parts of me

the plantain treeonly bears fruit once,however,the marvelous tree of bodhicittawill bear its fruit and grow unceasingly.* bodhicitta is the mind stateof a bodhisattva,a person who vowsto save all beings. I used to think all beings meant every being, but now (at least to me)it meansno being is too smallto exclude. like the smallerparts of me,and how my bodyfeelswith each actionI take. iContinue reading “the smaller parts of me”

Weekly Gratitude 2/20- Yellowstone National Park

I don’t think I am alone in that my memories are frequently negative.  Studies have shown, bad memories linger longer and are remembered more vividly than good ones. Writing these gratitude lists forces me to sit down and remember how much freakin’ fun I’ve had in my life. This one is about the summer I worked inContinue reading “Weekly Gratitude 2/20- Yellowstone National Park”

My Husband

My husband does karateand plays the guitar. He sits on his chair,a broken recliner,reading his bookon Saturdays,only leavingto read it in the bathor make dinner. He gives big tipsat restaurantsand saves money so he can retire early. He plays the twelve-bar blueswith our kids,calling out the chords,in front of the fire. My husband sets downContinue reading “My Husband”

Bodhisattvas

I want to bea bodhisattva. Bodhisattvasdevote their entire livesto helpingall beingsachieve their ownblissfulpotential,Buddhahood. A bodhisattvais releasedfrom the dungeonsof the spinningwheels of samsara, My samsara is looking forother people to tell me I am okay,or to talk me down,and give me peace,to say how brilliant I amover and over,but even if they try,it’s not enough. IContinue reading “Bodhisattvas”

Shantideva’s Dream

Twelve hundred years agoon the night before he was to become kingShantidevawas visited by Manjushri,the bodhisattva of wisdom,in a dream. Manjushri told him to renounce worldly life and seek ultimate truth. So he left his homein Saurashtra, Gujarata peninsula in the Arabian seaand became a wandering beggardedicating his lifeto simplespiritual practice I wonder if he foundNalanda University350 hoursContinue reading “Shantideva’s Dream”

Weekly Gratitude List – 2/7/2021

I have appointments for my first and second dose of the Moderna vaccine. My student, who was in Kenya for Kindergarten, told me a story about his first day of first grade, “I saw you, and we did yoga, and I didn’t even know it was a sandwich, and I picked a sandwich, and IContinue reading “Weekly Gratitude List – 2/7/2021”