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Bhikshuni Chitta: On the Wind

At the top of the mountain, I spread my outer robe on a rock to dry, set down my staff and bowl, took a deep breath, and looked around.

August 13, 2021 · 8 Comments

Michael Gregory: This is your mind as green slime mold

mingling molecules and attitudes
sinews and desires platitudes and functions
nervous circuits and circadian rhythms pure crap
and masterful conceptions

August 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Gravestone and the Continuing Self

When I was in my twenties I thought old age was an island only accessible by a bridge I’d never cross. But I’ve crossed it, and at seventy-eight the subject … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 10 Comments

Bhikshuni Anyatara: Out in a Field

Then one morning, there I was, an old woman.
Where had I gotten in all those years on the Path?
That night I slept out in a field, and it rained.

July 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Bhikshuni Mettika: Just in Case

The mountain went on holding me. Then it let me go.

April 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bhikshuni Anopam: The Price

All my suitors started off talking about beauty, and ended up talking about money.

March 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Ippen Shōnin: Among All

There is nothing that is not the Name.

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Well-Spoken

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken; it is blameless and not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Good Morning

Across the street, Ginkgo
sway in the breeze
like a gospel choir.

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Why we quarrel

Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.   From Great Middle Way Included in Vox Populi with permission. Buddha Shakyamuni … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Life Is Sacred

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
140 countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. In 2013, the top five countries still engaged in this…

March 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

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