Category Archives: Buddhism

Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (II)

Part II: We Do Not Fear Change, But We Do Feel Loss (Click here for Part I.) What is smaller than a split-second? A mili-second? A nano-second? All long enough for my heart to skip a beat, worried I was … Continue reading

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The Mindfulness of Hanging Laundry

Right now, this is my favorite pastime. I feel such peace and straightforward pleasure. Even though I am down to one class, not four. Even though I am only driving to one town two hours away, not two, for this … Continue reading

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How of Now: Holding this Earth, Our Gratitude, Our Pain (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton, April 26, 2015 ¬†Audio version here. Perhaps you know this parable, which invites us to see with new eyes, or eyes that are willing to see newly: There once was a simple farmer who lived … Continue reading

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Abundance Scooped from Abundance: Reflections on Myanmar

homily delivered today at First Parish Church of Groton There is a line from an Anne Sexton poem. I have used it here and nearly everywhere I have been given the chance: Abundance scooped from abundance, yet abundance remains. Surely, … Continue reading

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Burma Reds (poem)

Bricks from the 9th century onward, the shape of pagodas and temples throughout the whole of ancient Bagan. Modern bricks, careful rectangular stacks surpassing my own height, on display before every third or eighth roadside establishment. Or in piles, waiting … Continue reading

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Accursed Temple of Bagan

While in the stunning Bagan region of Myanmar, the ruins of a kingdom that exalted from the 9th to the 13th centuries, we visited Dhammayan Gyi Temple. Our guide described it as a temple that will not be restored because … Continue reading

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Barefoot Amid Monkey Poop in Myanmar

On Facebook, I posted the following: 777 steps up Mt. Popa, 777 steps down, most of which were, barefoot, amid monkey urine and poop There has been a request for further elucidation. Mt. Popa is in the Bagan region – … Continue reading

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Climbing Bagan

For three days, we are in the Bagan region, which is like walking amid a ten square mile swath of thousand year old ruins. I should be more accurate. It’s not like that. It is that. We spent the day … Continue reading

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Good Morning, Inle Lake

Still quite dark, I was awakened this morning by two competing prayers. As I lay in bed in a room that is basically floating on a lake, not too far off in the direction of my right hand there was … Continue reading

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Just Another Friday Evening: Shwedagon Pagoda

It must be the place to go on a Friday night. Old people. Young people. Singles, couples, groups of friends. Mothers with babies, fathers with preschoolers, toddlers practicing toddling. People from here, people from there, people from everywhere. People in … Continue reading

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