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Bus Excursion: Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and negative ions

This Sunday, with its record-breaking warmth for mid-November, seemed like a perfect day to take a trip I’d been thinking about for awhile. Grab a Portland bus, ride through the ghetto, cross into Irondequoit and get off at Sea Breeze to walk through the park and along the beach to my mother’s neighborhood. A lovely […]

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Boredom and meditation

I’ve been rereading Ani Tenzin Palmo’s Reflections On A Mountain Lake, my favorite example of contemporary Buddhist thinking. Tenzin Palmo went to India from England at age 19 in the early sixties after discovering Buddhism, in particular Tibetan Buddhism, which she immediately intuited was her way. She found a teacher, spent several years in India […]

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Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety…

I recently reread Franny and Zooey, J.D.Salinger’s novel that paradoxically explores the meaning of faith and self-realization in the context of a very unusual NY family in the 1950s. In one pivotal scene, Zooey enters the room of his older brothers Buddy and Seymour for the first time in the seven years since Seymour shot […]

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