Meditation Classes

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I’m happy to announce that I will be starting to teach a new session of free meditation classes. Each class will include meditation instruction, a sitting session, and a small dharma talk. Classes will be held the first and third Wednesday of the month beginning in November at 6:00 pm. The address is 8453 South …

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The Anger Sword Intro

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Hi everyone.  Here is the introduction from my new non-fiction book on anger management called The Anger Sword.  This book will be released in 2018.  I hope you enjoy it.   Introduction How this book should be approached   Dear Reader If we can be brutally honest with one another, I am probably not the …

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Consumerism

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The First Noble Truth in Buddhism states that there is suffering, which is something most people can instinctively understand, but it’s the Second Noble Truth that points out the reasons we suffer…our unquenchable cravings, and our attachments to them.    With the holidays rapidly approaching, Americans will once again spend money, and consume on a …

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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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