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Thesis: Definitions of Terms

Published on Oct 24th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, School, Thesis

I have always found it interesting how people define terms that they use.  In this instance I found it necessary to define three terms: Oppression, Healing, and Community.  As I was rereading it to post here, I can say that my feelings about these definitions are still there.  Feel free to contact me if you […]

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Practice with Depression..

Published on Sep 30th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, Story

I have been having a bout of depression which has completely wiped out any ability to actually accomplish much in terms of actual work.  As someone who has a long history of clinical depression and have had really had great luck with working medication, this has in some ways been a bit more difficult to […]

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Just Stay

Published on Jul 25th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection

Today on Facebook I wrote the following.  Part of this comes from my recent focus on trying to write up an ethics statement.  Part of it comes from the recent disclosures of yet another abusive teacher, supported by institutional misconduct. Iin recognition of the “not newness” of such a thing, I am feeling the need […]

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Thesis: Healing and Experiencing Interdependence

Published on Jun 4th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection, School, Thesis

I have been inspired by some recent posts by Rev. Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler over at the website No Zen in The West. He has posted two posts (First this one and then this one) that resonate with the third chapter of my thesis called “Paula Arai’s Theory of Experiencing Interdependence”  I thought I would share […]

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Published on May 25th, 2017 in Dharma Teaching, Reflection

I want to write today about the idea of Dana (often translated as “Generosity”).  This is a central idea in Buddhism and one that I think is often confused and unclear for those of us operating in a capitalistic society.  The limitations of our cultural relationship to money, support, and “success” leave us with an […]

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Published on Apr 2nd, 2017 in News, Reflection, School

I have finished my thesis and filed it.  All there is to do now is the graduation ceremonies in May.  This has been a 10 year process, and I am excited, relieved, nervous and trying very hard to not do anything until after the ceremonies. Feel free to contact me if you want to see […]

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Published on Jan 8th, 2017 in Reflection

The name I use in most contexts is Daigan(大願) or Great Vow.  My full Dharma name is Daigan Etsudo(大願悦道) or Great Vow Joyful Way.  I choose to use my first name Daigan because for me keeping my vow in the forefront of my mind seems to help me create less suffering for myself and others. […]

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You gotta say something.

Published on Dec 27th, 2016 in Reflection

The other day someone asked me, “What is the difference between ‘…studying the self’ and being egoistic or constructing an idea of ‘this is me’“?  Similar to my experience of a lot of questions like this, it caused me to spend a little time digesting the question and my immediate response in the moment. My […]

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Let’s Start Fresh

Published on Dec 23rd, 2016 in Reflection

Rather than import all the old articles and writings from my previous site, I have decided to take this opportunity to start fresh.  Not as some kind of artificial destruction of what I considered important or worthy of comment on before, but simply an attempt to clean the blackboard and see what ideas, insights or […]

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