Tag Archives: Buddhism

When Words Harm

  And Actions Matter  In my profession (writing and researching words, and thinking about their meanings) we argue: words mean. Exactly what they mean and how is worthy of conversation, especially because humans create the meanings we attach to words. … Continue reading

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Threading the Needle

Closing the Osage-Buddhist Circle We spent the last weeks—months—on a sewing project, creating a Rakusu: a garment worn when you become a practicing Buddhist. The Rakusu has a rich tradition. The garment is a rectangular cloth with straps that you … Continue reading

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Dependence within Independence

I wonder about the meanings of dependence on the day that celebrates independence (and my birthday): July 4. Thoughts about independence are buried deep within our nation’s stories, including myths that our Indian ancestors roamed free and wild and independent, … Continue reading

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Honoring Ancestors

  My heritage—in addition to being a North American native–is English, French, Osage and Lakota. Turns out, I know more about my Indian ancestors than my English or French relatives. It’s not because my relatives kept good records: they didn’t. … Continue reading

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Becoming Buddhist

I am inching toward becoming a Buddhist and find myself torn. When practitioners “become” Buddhists, they are given the name of an ancestor. And this is where my panic digs in. It’s not just the accoutrements of religion–the bowing and … Continue reading

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When customs dictate behavior

On Friday mornings I head off on my bike into our little berg with my pack full of painting supplies. I lock my bike at a cafe and pull out a large ceramic mug and buy a bottom-less cup of … Continue reading

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Tempting Eve

Unplugged and Critical We spent the weekend unplugged at a mindfulness workshop. That meant no cell phones and no computers at the Zen Monastery that’s tucked in the Oregon woods. No movies, no TV, no Netflix, no New York Times, … Continue reading

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