Through the Eyes of On Ji (VII)

An Attitude of Gratitude.  You’ve all heard it. Now let’s explore that statement. If you’ve read a few of my blogs you may have noticed some type of pattern emerging. Well, I have noticed anyway. Practice this… practice that. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude takes practice. It is something we must develop.  I would sayContinue reading “Through the Eyes of On Ji (VII)”

Through the Eyes of On Ji (VI)

It was hot. It was so bloody hot. I could feel heat rising from all directions. After a short time, I was drenched in sweat. I heard the crackling of fire. Even my mind was on fire. Yet, I shivered. I was so cold. My body was shaking uncontrollably from the fear. Make it stop!!!Continue reading “Through the Eyes of On Ji (VI)”

Is Western Buddhism Dying?

In an entry on sameoldzen.blogspot.com, Sensei Alex Kakuyo addresses the question, or more accuratly, makes the statement: “Western Buddhism is dying”. Kakuyo describes himself as, “an ‘elder millennial’. In other words, I’m old enough to remember a childhood without the internet and smartphones, but I’m young enough to know the difference between Tik Tok and Twitter.Continue reading “Is Western Buddhism Dying?”

“One Energy” ~Ram Dass

“The intellect is a beautiful servant but a terrible master. Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity. Watch how your mind judges. Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people.Continue reading ““One Energy” ~Ram Dass”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (V)

So now you know that Zen just seemed like not enough to me at the start of my journey. I could not understand how something as simple as focusing on the breath would be helpful. The simple task of focusing on the breath doesn’t seem so simple when we are bombarded by all of ourContinue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (V)”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (IV)

In the beginning of my newfound meditation practice, it was very useful and liberating to use the contemplative meditations in my book. Quite frankly, they saved my life. However, as weeks went by I wondered if maybe there were others practicing the same meditations as me. I felt the need to be a part ofContinue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (IV)”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (III)

Let’s explore happiness. Since my last two blog entries have been written, it has come to my attention that perhaps happiness ought to be addressed. Happiness, it is elusive, isn’t it? It seems to me that happiness is this place that we want to get to. And we aren’t there right now? And when weContinue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (III)”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (II)

I know what you are thinking… “What rhymes with Vimala?” Well, I haven’t found the answer to that question. But, I will tell you who he is. He is my teacher at the meditation center. He certainly has not taught me within the last several years that there is a quick fix for anything. So,Continue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (II)”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (I)

First and foremost, help pronouncing my Dharma name. It rhymes with philosophy. Fuh laa suh fee, On Gee. You got it! Let’s start at the beginning…. Spring of 2016. Ok, not the beginning per say, but the beginning of my recognized Dharma journey. Looking for a quick fix to a complicated anxious and depressed stateContinue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (I)”

“Impermanence” ~Zezan Tam

“Everything changes; Summer gives way to Winter. Nothing ever lasts.” ~Zezan Tam