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Stairway to Nowhere

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2016 by seniorsamurai

12 steps…..landing

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3 steps…..landing

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13 steps…..landing

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2 steps…..arrived

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Lone candle……lit

Incense stick…..burning

Buddha….smiling

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Ordinary Joe

Posted in Questions, Uncategorized, Zen on June 3, 2014 by seniorsamurai

Invisible

 

In an article by Maia Duerr she reported on the passing of Bhante Suhita. He was the first African American to be ordained a Buddhist monk and also had the rare distinction of being ordained in all three major Buddhist lineages: Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana.

Professionally he was trained as a social worker, and found deep joy in working with the homeless, those with HIV/AIDS, ex-offenders, and many others on the margins.

Duerr reported that, “he was not a Buddhist celebrity, so you won’t find much about him on the internet. He worked largely in the realm of the invisible.”

It strikes me that even if you’re not a Buddhist but simply human being like most of us who won’t show up on the Internet, we are in some ways invisible throughout our lifetime.
The question in my mind is, why is that so difficult to accept? Why is it difficult to work at knowing who you are and living your life accordingly. Being whatever that means and accepting yourself as “okay”? Simply accepting that I am somebody to my family, my co-workers, my friends, and my neighborhood, but never expecting to ‘go viral.’

8 reminders to let go

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2013 by seniorsamurai

 

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Leaves fall. Freed from a useless stem.

Bags break. Contents spill.

Wind moves. Never arriving.

Birds fly. No end to the sky.

Clouds burst. The earth flows.

Fruit rots. Returned to their nature.

Smoke rises. In plain sight.

Morning comes. Where does the moonlight go?

— Karen Maezen Miller, Cheerio Road

Small Is Good

Posted in Aging, Nature, Questions, Uncategorized on July 20, 2013 by seniorsamurai

Recently I had my annual physical examination, but this time a significant life event occurred.  All of us have experienced the initial steps before the actual examination: get up on the scale and get weighed, pull the metal bar down to check our height, and move on to the examination room table for a blood pressure,  and eyes and ears look around. All this before the high priest known as ‘Doctor’ arrives.

Normally I ask about the blood pressure, note my weight, but this time I faced a new stunning reality when the nurse mentioned my height.  I was 1 ½ inches shorter than when I was a young adult.

The reality is that in all those years of annual physicals I never asked about or noted  my height. Now let me state for the record my full vertical height was only 5’6” at its peak so an inch and a half is significant.

I’ve  given a  great deal of thought to this travesty and instead of buying one of those machines that turns

me upside down to stretch my spine  I have reconciled this loss of statue with the notion that it happens to everyone. We get shorter as we age. I’m also confident that I probably will not diminish to elf stature and so I’ve  adopted the insightful philosophical mantra, “Suck it up cupcake.”

 

 

 

Small Is Good

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2013 by seniorsamurai
Heights

Heights (Photo credit: Canadian Veggie)

 

Recently I had my annual physical examination, but this time a significant life event occurred.

All of us have experienced the initial steps before the actual examination: step up on the scale and get weighed, pull the metal bar down to check our height and only then move on to the examination room for a blood pressure check a pulse count and an eyes and ears look around. All of this happens before the high priest known as ‘Doctor’ arrives.

Normally I ask about my blood pressure, and note my weight, but this time I faced a new stunning reality when the nurse mentioned my height. I was a 1 ½ inches shorter than when I was a young adult.

In retrospect the reality is that in all these years of annual physicals I never asked about or noted the height statistic. Now let me note that my peak full vertical height was only 5’6” so an inch and a half loss is significant!

I’ve given great thought to this factual travesty and instead of buying one of those machines that turn me upside down and stretch my spine, I’ve reconciled this new height finding with the notion that it probably happens to everyone. We get shorter as we age. I’m also confident that I probably will not diminish to elf stature and so far I’ve adopted the insightful, philosophical mantra, “Suck it up cupcake” and moved on.

Wednesday Offerings

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 by seniorsamurai

 

Therefore, dark past,
I’m about to do it.
I’m about to forgive you

for everything.

                              –Mary Oliver

My Pond: Philharmonic

Warm spring air,

early pond breezes,

frogs tune up.

                              — Senior Samurai

Wednesday Offering

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2013 by seniorsamurai

The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Emperor Xuanzong of Tang wearing the robes and...

Emperor Xuanzong of Tang wearing the robes and the hat of a scholar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)