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Missing Mudita: On Collegiality and Sympathetic Joy

I was looking for the missing brahmavihara. Walking around the beautiful grounds of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where I was spending three days in a self-directed silent retreat, I happened upon the many outdoor benches offered. … Continue reading

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On Keeping (Ig)Noble Silence

At the meditation center – the Mothership I like to call it – Noble Silence is observed, even if one goes on Self Retreat, which is what I just did for three days: time on my own at the center … 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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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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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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Visiting Pann Pyo Let: An Abundance of Abundance

I am beyond exhausted and yet feel the desire and the duty to blog. Our days are overfilled here. There is the theoretical option to opt out of an activity but few of us find that easy. None of us … Continue reading

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Finding a "New" Peace (Pagoda)

We live within driving distance of Leverett, Massachusetts, which is home to what I thought was the Peace Pagoda.   When my kids were younger, it was a place we would visit often enough that they have many memories of our … Continue reading

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This Memorial Day: The Milk of Impermanence and a Soldier’s Tattoo

I spent this Memorial Day the best way I ever have: with a motley crew of people, walking from one branch of the Housatonic River to another, blessing it and ending with a blessing of the dead at the local … Continue reading

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This is Not Very Interesting: On Stoles & Malas

Okay, I never thought I would find this dilemma so compelling as to put a whole lot of thought to it, much less to write about it, but here I am.  Which says something since I haven’t posted to my … Continue reading

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Open Letter to a Kindred Spirit: Why I am UU

I recently met a woman who has a storied spiritual history.  That history includes many things of which I am unaware, but a few things I do know: she lived on an ashram and often her points of reference include Hindu … Continue reading

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