25 Oct. 2021

Bubba-The Awakened One

2021-10-25T06:31:26-07:00October 25th, 2021|Awakened mind, Casual Buddhism, Inter-Connected|

My friend Gretchen Cherington described a profound experience she had over thirty years ago on last night's Casual Buddhism. She was going through a divorce, raising teenagers, and running a new business. She decided to take a month off to collect herself. One day as she sat on her front porch, she became mesmerized as she stared intently watching an [...]

19 Sep. 2021

Overcoming Doubt

2021-09-19T08:59:49-07:00September 19th, 2021|Casual Buddhism, doubt, Finding Venerable Mother, Shame|

I woke up the other morning full of doubt. Why did I write my memoir, Finding Venerable Mother? Did anyone care; did I really make a difference?  Unable to stem the tide of negative thoughts, I decided to talk a walk. As I stepped outside the front door of my condo, a flash of white caught my eye. I stooped [...]

27 Jul. 2021

Anger is Good Fuel

2021-07-27T05:37:00-07:00July 27th, 2021|Anger, Casual Buddhism|

In my memoir, Finding Venerable Mother, I take a look at the roots of my anger.  I grew up thinking anger was a bad thing and stuffed it inside. Occasionally I would blow up, like a volcano spewing lava. This still happens to me—not nearly as often as it used to—but when it does, I always regret my outburst. Growing [...]

24 May. 2021

How Does Hope Happen?

2021-05-24T10:41:57-07:00May 24th, 2021|Casual Buddhism, Healing|

In the kickoff episode of Casual Buddhism, I asked Venerable Dhammananda about how we remain hopeful in the face of ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID, and increased violence towards Blacks and Asians. She surprised me when she said that one hopeful aspect of COVID is that it allows us to think globally. “We cannot be free from COVID alone; we must [...]

12 May. 2021

Welcome to Casual Buddhism!

2021-05-12T10:47:19-07:00May 12th, 2021|Casual Buddhism, News|

Divine love is what Casual Buddhism is all about. I’ve always believed in divine love, but it wasn’t until I met the Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, my teacher and spiritual mentor, that I discovered it for myself. Casual Buddhism is a series of ten-minute informal interviews with Venerable Dhammananda about practicing Buddhism in our everyday lives. We all [...]

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