Friday, May 22, 2015

Maybe

May has been eventful; a birthday (3rd 12-year cycle), visits with both parents and both step-parents, two Visakha celebrations down and two more this weekend.

Flying back to Canada tonight. Tomorrow, Saturday, is the Visakha Puja celebration at our monastery in Stoney Creek, then Sunday is the big Toronto celebration in Mississauga's Celebration Square. I'm involved with the Buddhism 101 booth again, so please stop by our booth if you attend. Website for that celebration is here:

http://www.vesakcelebration.com/

Summer looks to be quiet, some meditators maybe coming, preparations for the Fall school semester, oh, and a trip to Vancouver, Seattle, Oregon, and maybe even LA? in late June. Hoping to get up to Manitoulin Island sometime before the rains retreat, maybe July.

Pali and Visuddhimagga study are delayed until next weekend, hopefully we can get back to our regular schedule then.

Be well!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

six by six

Spent the past few days with my father. Back in Stoney Creek for the night, tomorrow teaching in Mississauga to children, then flying to Florida. Teaching at the Florida Buddhist Vihara on Sunday the 17th, and Tuesday and Saturday at a local Dharma group.

Back in Ontario on May 23rd for our Visakha celebration in Stoney Creek, then the big one on Sunday in Mississauga.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Godlessness

I'm not certain that there is no God out there somewhere. It's not the sort of thing you can be certain about; no matter what my understanding of the universe might be, one could always just claim that there is a God outside of that understanding that created it all.

I don't think there is a God, or that the idea of God should hold any importance in ones life, even if such a being did exist.

What I do know for certain is that if such a being did exist, they wouldn't care one iota which religion or religious figure a person followed; it is not possible for a whole to be partial.

I'm almost tempted to suggest that they might care whether one was a good person or not, but any image that comes to mind of the nature of God seems so utterly indistinguishable from nonexistence that even this idea seems absurd. I rather prefer to be a good person for my own sake, and for the sake of those I may help.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Philly

So, i got coralled into coming to Philidelphia, and New York City, I guess, as a driving companion to our head monk. Something with the UN on indigenous issues, which is great and I'm happy to help. Anyway, I'm here... Probably just hang out at the monastery and head back on Friday, In case there's  anyone in the area who'd like to visit. Staying at 5415 Rising Sun Ave, Philidelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Going Local

So, not been very Internetly active lately. As mentioned, there is some plan to work for a more local presence, but that's not the whole of it. There will certainly be more Internetting in the future, but it seems time for some changes.

For example, the idea arose to just invite Internetters to call on Google Hangouts, any time of day or night, with meditation questions. Solves a lot of problems... poses a few new ones (when to sleep, e.g.). Worth a try, no?

Locally, visited McMaster last week - met a few nice people, got a surprisingly encouraging response to inquiries. Seems there is an application for a Buddhist society at McMaster for next year, there's already an open mindfulness circle, and meetings are being set up to discuss both, so... encouraging.

The other side is a quieting. Less unprompted teaching. Inclination towards "if you want teachings, come and learn". More local meditators would be great, but no pressure to recruit. We are holding free ongoing meditation courses as usual; room and board provided. Come one, come all.

And this Sunday we'll start with Pali alongside the Visuddhimagga. 1PM to 2PM Visuddhimagga study, 2PM - 3PM Pali study.

Be well.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Changing Change

So, regarding this year. I applied to return to McMaster to complete my undergraduate degree, probably part-time, but still, that should change things quite a bit. Half the reason for returning to McMaster is for the environment; it seems like a good way to begin to establish a local base here.

So, come September, I will be a bit preoccupied. There is also an idea brewing for the organization to rent a house closer to the university and potentially start a monastery / meditation centre in the west end of Hamilton. If so, we'd have to move in July before the rains... if not this year, we can always try for January or next year, but it would be nice to be closer to the university, as well as having our own place dedicated to running meditation and study courses.

Also, it looks like I'll just be travelling to Florida and back in May; there is too much going on here to make it seem reasonable to leave for any longer than a couple of weeks. Have to give a talk on May 10th in Toronto, so, Florida from May 10 to 22.

 Finally, based on a promise to the monastery in Mae Hong Son, Thailand where we stayed in January, our organization will be sponsoring the repairs of doors and windows in their main building's meditator residences, to the amount of around CAD $2000. Anyone interested in joining with this wholesome venture is welcome to support our organization via the supporting page.

As always, may all be well :)

Monday, March 02, 2015

carika

So, it's that time of year again. Plans are pretty much set to travel to Florida May 9th, and then somehow make my way back to Canada for the rains. Not sure if a trip up the East Coast like last year would be the best use of time and effort; any thoughts?

My only thought is that it would be better to focus on well-organized, day or even multi-day retreats. Anyone interested in organizing such a course in their area?