Beginner's Heart

Beginner's Heart

September 2011 Archives

the Buddhas in the front row ~

True confessions: I actually don’t have rows in my classroom. We sit in an old-fashioned circle, and I don’t let the students put the chairs back after class. ‘Everyone,’ I tell them, ‘should sit in circles. You can see each […]

tea & beginner’s heart ~

In my next life, should I have one, I’m willing to come back as tea. A nice, comforting China black, preferably. Keemuns — Hao Ya — Panyangs – even a Muscatel-fragranced Darjeeling, although I like milk and raw sugar in […]

Robert Pinsky, “Buddha-goo,” and meditation ~

…One hates the sanctimonious Buddha-goo But loves to meditate. To think one word And the breath balanced on its floor of muscle … Falling and rising like years. The brain-roof chatter Settling among the eaves. …  ~ Robert Pinsky Sometimes, […]

go home!

There’s an article on the Tricycle website about ‘original nature,’ and the Buddhist saying ‘return to your original state.’ I like to think the admonition is more like ‘Go home!’ Because that’s what it is, our original nature — whatever […]

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the fragrance of lilies
These are two of the lilies growing against a rather derelict fence at my son's & DIL's. Beautiful, pale yellow, with only a light lily fragrance. Not the heaviness that always seems to suffuse funerals. I love them, of course. Cut them while my DIL was away at a working retreat, and placed t

posted 2:22:33pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

dreaming of houses
We visited a realtor today. Just looking for information, nothing formal. But it set me to dreaming of houses, a thread that connects me with all three of my sisters. We dream of houses the way other people dream of jewelry, or vacations (note: we also dream of those :) ). This past week-plus, sp

posted 3:28:25pm Jul. 08, 2014 | read full post »

what you do comes back to you
Right after we married -- literally a couple of days later -- my husband & I left for his new job. In Algiers. Or Alger, as the French call it. My mother-in-law bore this with the fortitude of prairie pioneers, although she did take us to see her cousin, who had lived in North Africa. Well, her

posted 1:49:44pm Jul. 07, 2014 | read full post »

when hot sweaty work is NOT a royal pain
This was my morning. My elder son & I wrangled over each individual magnolia branch, pretty much. See, I'm a tree person, and Nathan is a landscape person. He wants a useful and beautiful landscape for his home. I want trees treated like people, allowed to grow (with help -- AKA judicious prunin

posted 2:16:17pm Jul. 05, 2014 | read full post »

just add water: swimming with little fishes
I took my grandson swimming today. To a tiny inflatable pool off the side of the deck at the 'kids' house. We sat in the 85 degree air, in tepid water, liberally coated w/ SPF 50, and splashed. And splashed. And splashed again, with great enthusiasm. Then we filled a Solo cup with a pink floaty

posted 3:26:21pm Jul. 02, 2014 | read full post »


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