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11 months ago

The Big Bag of Hammers

Jim Murray · Today I had a meltdown. It was the first one I have really had since I got home from the hospital 5 months ago, which is pretty good, considering I used to have them every couple of weeks when I was there. · This meltdown was more akin to a car running out of gas. I woke up today ...

3 years ago


Royce Shook · Enlightenment means that you know your own pure nature, the exact nature of the world, and the goal and purpose of life. Achieving this understanding is the greatest possible peace for a human. · For thousands of years, the path to enlightenment has been made up of many steps tha ...

3 years ago

Zen & The Art of Glass Shower Cleaning

Jim Murray · I have a glass shower in the basement bathroom. It’s a pretty amazing unit. The water pressure is incredible and the heat control is very precise. · Having spent the first 18 years of my life in a house with only a bathtub, I resolved that my adulthood would be spent in homes wit ...

4 years ago

The humour of Zen

Royce Shook · These are oldies but still very good · Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone. · One Zen student said, "My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating." · The ...

4 years ago

Zen and Buddhist thought

Royce Shook · Seven years ago, I became a grandfather. Since then I have started to pay more attention to the simple things in life and I have also started to take stock of what is important and what I hope to pass on to my grandson if given the opportunity. To help me I read from time to time ...

4 years ago

Zen and mindfulness

Royce Shook · A friend of mine talked to me about the concept of mindfulness and I thought it was interesting so I thought I would explore the idea. Here is some of what I found out. · Life exists only in the present moment, to lose the presence is to lose a life," says Vietnamese Zen master T ...

4 years ago

Zen & The Art of Pool Maintenance

Jim Murray · There are nights, mercifully not every night, when you just can’t shut down your engines. Some nights it’s your mind that’s racing, other nights it’s your body that just won’t get comfortable in a prone position.. · For me tonight it’s a little of both, featuring a cramp in my ri ...

4 years ago

"Zen and the Art of "Bomber" Cleaning"

Randall Burns ·    I leave “the line”, and although the peak of service is over, "The Crunch", it will still continue at a fast pace for a couple of more hours. The adrenaline is still coursing through my veins, heightened by the activity around me. It is loud, the “hum” of the kitchen, pans hit ...

5 years ago

A beginner's mind - lessons from the Beezers

don kerr · Yesterday was a day of learning.  · On the shores of the Credit River we gathered for the first time. Four people from different times and spaces. At first glance perhaps little in common and certainly no real familiarity apart from insights gained in a virtual world. · The photo ...

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