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January 26, 2009


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Taru Sharma

Reminds me of - "no coming, no going, just being", sounds so simple yet so profound.


Thanks for your comment, Taru Sharma! While there is indeed "just being," I'm usually "off somewhere" else.


Barry, yes!
The most interesting thing is that when I am present, I don't even realize it.

Thank you


Same here, Barry..I practice to be in the moment but I rarely am in it. Specially being a cancer sun sign, I day dream a lot! Cancers are famous for that. Talk about trying to uncondition oneself!


I'm usually not only "off somewhere," I'm totally checked-out, with a paper bag over my head for good measure.

Barry, it took me a while to reach this wonderful blog, but I'm glad I'm here.

Lately I've been thinking about the role of women monastics and practitioners in Buddhism, and I'm happy to see that you are addressing that. Thank you.

I'm sure you already know about them, but I just heard about 2 books on women in Buddhism:
"Blossoms of the Dharma" and "Daughters of the Buddha." Have you read them?

Barry Briggs

Hi Taru, I suspect that dreaming isn't unique to Cancers - it's the basic human condition. From which we try to uncondition.

Hi Alice,
Yes, I'm quite familiar with the inside of that bag. I do have the books you mention and have scanned, but not read them. Have you read them?


Hi Barry,

I've only read excerpts from the two books. I have added them to the long queue of books I'd like to read sometime. I'm sure they will be read when the moment is right. I'll let you know when that time comes.


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