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Diaristic Notations · 1M ago

What to Do

In the Kalama Sutta, Buddha talks about what to “go by.” I hesitate to use the word “believe” because Buddhism is not a doctrine (doctrines are true because one believes them... a circular p...
Diaristic Notations · 1M ago

Why?

I can't figure out why it has taken me 70 years to figure out how insufficient our answers and explanations really are. Kids ask why and they are curious. And then they go to school and are ...
Diaristic Notations · 3M ago

Let It Go

Prompt: Let It Go by Danna FauldsIt takes so much energy for me to not let it go, yet I hold on with dear life, as the expression goes. It has a life of its own. It could be the pristine sur...
Diaristic Notations · 5M ago

Prajna Paramita

I listened to a dharma talk last week about emptiness by Norman Fisher: Prajna Paramita. He spoke about how we and the objects around us are empty of an essence. We can call a chair a chair ...
Diaristic Notations · 6M ago

Do Something New

The assignment was “Do something new.” l tried to sign up for piano lessons—free as part of a research project at University of Texas... but I'm sure they will reject me because I was honest...
Diaristic Notations · 6M ago

Thank You!

Written to the prompt of W.S. Merwin's Thank You: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/thanksDo we just say thank you for the good things that have been happening? Are there even “good” thing...
Diaristic Notations · 8M ago

“I Want to be a Better Person.” “Really?”

Me?Something feels wrong about trying to be a better person. We talk about changing a lightbulb but we really don't do that, rather, we replace it. Come to think of it, most of my life I've ...
Diaristic Notations · 9M ago

Dance With the Stars

The world isn’t the way I want it to be.The world is just as it is.What am I going to do about it? I mentioned that if someone wrote a screenplay about the world as it is, no one would belie...
Diaristic Notations · 9M ago

Ten Preceptions (a.k.a. Be Nice)

Note: This was written for my second “taking of the precepts,” also called a Jukai ceremony. Some don’t do windows (glass and Microsoft). I don’t do assignments, so instead, I’m giving one p...
Diaristic Notations · 10M ago

Smile!

”A ferocious troll sat under a bridge with his laptop, and when the villagers concurred, “Let’s give money to this wonderful cause,” the troll yelled, “Get off your ass and go volunteer in y...