Dharma talk and introduction to Vipassana meditation

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Gays, Muslims, and Marines

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There has been a lot of talk lately about Muslim registry and Homosexual rights.  With this being a Buddhist blog on a Buddhist website, I’m hoping it will come as no surprise that I believe Muslims and homosexual people have the same amount of Buddha nature as everyone else does.  When Buddhists say ‘may all …

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Chivalry in 2017

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I think we can all agree than in 2016 we could have been a little bit nicer to one another.  People were offended by the slightest thing and weren’t afraid to tell you about it, if someone shared an opposing viewpoint we called them names or we retreated to our safe places and in an …

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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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