• Begin the Sequence of Sending and Taking With Yourself

    I’ve longed to be done with this post about the tenth dharma proverb “Begin the Sequence of Sending and Taking With Yourself.” I actually stitched the code in about a day — everything except the Arabic numbering that I always do last, like the period at the end of a sentence. I held back from …

  • In All Activities, Train With Slogans

    For the past few weeks, I’ve been very sick. I’m fortunate in that I mostly function in this body without pain or discomfort, and actually operate at a very high level of physical ability most of the time. I’m aware of the ways that I have an unusually high pain tolerance, that I’m pretty physically …

  • Three Objects, Three Poisons, and Three Seeds of Virtue

    I’ve been taking a bit longer between these dharma proverb entries than when I started. I thought at first I could do one a day, but that has certainly proven unrealistic. Labor-wise, I am certain I could turn out one of the cross-stitch patterns, read the commentaries, and then potentially write a few words about …

  • Sending and Taking Should Be Practiced Alternately…

    The first person who ever told me about tonglen practice was my ex-partner Michelle. She was also the one who first introduced me to Tibetan Buddhism as a rigorous discipline and a practice, although she was always very careful to emphasize that she was not my teacher, and was not imparting dharma teachings to me …