In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • Zen Garden
    Impressions of Buddhism and the Need for Compassion

    I haven’t spoken much about Buddhism, and it seems that it’s taken a backseat on this blog. Nevertheless, it’s always on my mind. And daily I continue working on the practice of compassion in daily life, although certain world leaders make it very hard to be compassionate when they are not, and the sad irony is that they are in positions of power where they can greatly influence the masses.

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  • Sky and Clouds
    How to Develop Love and Compassion in Everyday Living

    EVERY DAY, THERE IS THE CHANCE THAT we will face a lot of negativity in the course of that day. We all face varying degrees of pain and suffering, inconvenience and animosity from others. This is part of life. But it’s the way we deal with these situations that

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  • Oahu Sunset
    Zen and the Art of Compassionate Peace and Wisdom

    “Life is suffering.” —Buddha Recently, an uncle (and godfather) had passed away. I believe he was in his 80s so he pretty much lived a full life. But, experiencing the death of someone you know brings us bluntly into the reality that our lives do not go on forever,

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  • A Random Experience at the Bank…

    I’d like to think that everyone is filled with compassion and understanding, and tolerance. But the reality is that we are all trying to strive to a high level of compassion. Many fail, and a small number could be considered saints. Today I went to the bank to deposit

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  • Cultivating More Compassion

    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —The Dalai Lama Leo of Zen Habits wrote a very nice post, A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life, With Seven Practices, that mentions His Holiness The Dalai Lama and some of his words of Wisdom with a very nice

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  • Rich On Kindness, Poor On Funds

    Yesterday I took my youngest son for a haircut because he had an ROTC competition in Long Beach the following day and he needed to look his best. So, I gave him some money for the haircut plus a tip, then I drove off to pick up a pizza

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