Category Archives: Simple Living

Solstice Fire

PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON ! my brother belted out   his four-year old son’s favorite song with great gusto  enthusiasm for PUFF ranged around the fire crackling from Immanuel’s fire pit keeping time on the djembe moon not yet risen … Continue reading

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Hafiz !

Hafiz ! Can it really be as simple as that ? Just love everyone in every direction always. When do you ever get a break from God ? 8 8 88 888   88888     88888888        8888888888888 … Continue reading

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Ascend in Silence

Ascend in silence Ascend in silence rest in spacious sky-like awareness horizon to horizon no time…no lack…no effort. Descend into silence greet the menagerie untamed beasties roaming the wilds of an unowned mind. Stand as silence like the ubiquitous junipers … Continue reading

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Five Mule Deer

Five mule deer Five mule deer poised and alert all but hidden behind the blind heads floating above a smoke grey frenzy of brush. Shining black pairs of eyes intently gazing toward the road something moving, drawing closer. Tall charcoal … Continue reading

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White

prayer flags flap wildly five colors fade into an ocean of fog enveloped by clouds adrift from long lost mooring juniper forest, cactus and rock enshrouded in white the temple engulfed by opaque blanket of cloud White Tara laughs through … Continue reading

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Six Habits of Happily Married Couples

Every once in a great while, I perform a marriage ceremony. Even before ordination as a Zen priest, I had one of those minister cards that you can get online. This one came from Universal Ministries. Yes, they are “legal”. … Continue reading

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Leaving Facebookistan

Leaving facebook is like taking down a large Lego house, a piece at a time. Dissasembly of an online persona, now cyber-relic. Of  250+ facebook friends, I only felt inclined to say goodbye to twenty or less. Some of those I knew … Continue reading

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Life After Facebook

It’s been over a week since I last logged in to Facebook. For a former daily user, this gap stands nearly unprecedented. Have had plenty to do in realspace. Am reading actual books. Working on home maintenance projects. Getting to … Continue reading

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Sina Que Non

Spirituality really means honesty: unlimited, unflinching, relentless, clear-eyed. The rest is just window dressing. ******************************************************************************* Photo from here: http://noelshaw.tumblr.com/post/6375172223/window-dressing-in-the-religious-icon-shop-en-la

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Silent Retreat and Simple Living

What do we need , really ? For six days, I joyfully lived without the following: The internet/computer Television/radio Coffee Candy Meat/Poultry/Fish Snack foods Fermented beverages Dinner Given how most of these are part of daily life, makes me wonder … Continue reading

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