Kyudo and letting go

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  Here is my response to Shad’s wonderful guest blog about Archery                   My first experience with Zen came in the form of archery.  I was a young man, at a Zen monastery deep in the Nagano Mountains of Japan where Zen archery or (Kyudo) was practiced every day, along with other martial arts, …

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Guest Blogger Shad Engkilterra

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Please welcome to the page, guest blogger Shad Engkilterra. Once upon a time,,,I was a young author who was trying to get the word out about my books.  Somehow I finagled my way into doing a book signing at the local comic book shop.  Shad was there, and he graciously purchased one of my books.  …

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The Parable of the Snake

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There’s a fun children’s parable in Buddhism about a snake.  Many of the children’s parables revolve around animals to help teach our interconnectedness and compassion for the weaker creatures. Using parables is always a risky way to make a point though because they require of those hearing them to come up with their own interpretations …

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Waiting to see the Dalai Lama

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This week I had the rare opportunity to see the Dalai Lama speak at the University of Utah campus. Like the thousands of others who had tickets to see the event, I showed up early to ensure I could get through security in time to see the Dalai Lama speak. The Security staff had other …

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Why Most Veterans Die a Little Inside Every Time You Thank Them For Their Service.

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                A few years ago it became a thing to thank people in the military for their service.  While we in the military can understand and appreciate the sentiment behind this, most of us would rather not hear it, and I will try to explain why.  Obviously since there are over a million people currently …

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The Buddhist Problem With Identity

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One of the hardest lessons that comes out of meditation is the realization that we never truly know who we are.  At birth you we are given a name, a religion, a nationality, and race.  Then we spend the rest of our lives defending a fictional identity. We have to shed our preconceived notions of …

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Using unknown variables to deal with anger

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Like many people, one of the reasons I began studying Buddhism and practicing meditation was to help deal with some of my anger management issues, so when my new truck (new to me) was involved in a hit and run accident before I had even made the first payment on it, I was presented with …

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What Video Games Taught Me About Buddhism

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I am bad at playing video games.  When I say this, I mean I am bad at playing video games.  I can’t fly, I can’t drive, more than half the time I’m not sure where I’m supposed to go, and I believe that if I swing my own arms in the direction I want my …

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The Life Principle

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Please welcome guest blogger Phoenix to the page.  I’ve recently had the privilege of getting to know Phoenix by reading some of his voluminous work, and having philosophical debates with him as we serve the homeless community in our area.  Phoenix is very passionate about his philosophical inquiries, and easing the suffering of those around …

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Should we ever block a child from receiving Christ’s love?

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Last Friday, the Mormon Church took a not so surprisingly strong stance against gay marriage; banning the children with gay and lesbian (do you have to say that?  Gay and lesbian?  Or does gay cover both?) from being baptized, going on missions or receiving blessings. Like many people here, both members and non-members of the …

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