I was sunk all day yesterday in a feeling of fatigue so overwhelming that I could scarcely bring myself to get up from the couch. I barely glanced at the Sunday newspapers--we get two of them at the weekend--and the only relief I found was in working on ...
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"The Buddha Diaries" - 5 new articles

  1. FATIGUE
  2. ZOOM
  3. KING CANUTE
  4. KARMA
  5. ONLY CONNECT
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FATIGUE

I was sunk all day yesterday in a feeling of fatigue so overwhelming that I could scarcely bring myself to get up from the couch. I barely glanced at the Sunday newspapers--we get two of them at the weekend--and the only relief I found was in working on leftover crosswords from the Friday and Saturday issues. Crosswords, for me, an inveterate word lover, are the ultimate distraction.

We do keep up with a semblance of our exercise practice in this weird circumstance in which we find ourselves....

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ZOOM

I'm sure I have mentioned--forgive me if I repeat myself!--that I started a neighborhood sitting group here on the Franklin Hill (east end of Hollywood) a while ago. In fact, about four years ago. Tempus fugit! We are not allowed, of course, to gather as a group these days, but I suggested a virtual session last week at an agreed time, when we all would sit without direct communication, but with the knowledge that others were sitting, too.

So someone suggested a Zoom session, and one of our...

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KING CANUTE

Dear President Tr*mp (I still can't bring myself to spell out your name in full),

Reading the news today I recalled the story of Canute the Great, King of England (1016-1035) as well as of Denmark and Norway. In the version I heard in my childhood days, that king's apparently apocryphal attempt to command the tide to turn was a parable of the overweening vanity of kings and the delusion of divinely-ordained omnipotence. He got his feet wet. The more recent--and more enlightened--version of the...

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KARMA

It's a word that is much bandied about these days and used loosely to invoke something akin to fate or providence. In my admittedly limited understanding of the Buddhist dharma, its meaning is more about responsibility than about inevitability. It insists on a necessary connection between action and consequence: actions that are well-thought, generous, compassionate, skillful turn out to have beneficial consequences; those that are ill-thought, impulsive, inconsiderate, unskillful lead to...

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ONLY CONNECT

I find myself craving connection more and more these days, when physical proximity, let alone physical contact, is not allowed. Just yesterday, for example, Ellie and I joined our Laguna Beach sangha, our meditation group, in a Zoom session that allowed us all to share the thoughts and feelings that have been troubling us--or inspiring us!--in recent days. These are people with whom I have been sitting in meditation Sunday mornings for years. Our longest-running members have been meeting for 25...

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