PostOp ramblings


I am happy to report that my surgery went without any problems. I returned home late this afternoon. Please forgive the errors of this posting as I am still a bit medicated.

Overall I feel pretty good minus a sore throat, pain and a really dry mouth. I am happy that my family worked together to make this happen. Ava went to kungfu camp, Mia went to classes andy wife and I were able to spend the day at the VA. I wish to thank my wife for all she did today. I truly was happy to see her when I woke up.
I also would like to thank the monks at the Shaolin temple, Amitabha library and WAT Dhammaram for keeping me in their thoughts and prayers and to my fellow members at BTC for their support. I also thank my Tai Chi instructor Hillary Johnson of Calm Chicago for her offer of helping ferry Ava to the Shaolin temple.


We arrived at 11 and I was prepared for surgery and ready by 1145. Unfortunately the surgery before me had complications and I did not go in until 1500. During that time I napped and meditated. I chanted silently the whole time I was waiting and up until I lost consciousness. My last words to the physicians were “Thank you for caring for me today” to which they seemed surprised to hear.

I remember a few things while I was “out” I saw a land that I had never been to. The people there spoke in a strange tongue but I had no problem understanding. There were wonderful sounds, smells and colors around me and I felt a compassion emanating from the very surroundings.
Perhaps since I just read the “Contemplation Sutra” I was “visiting” it in my mind, I have watched touch Star Trek, or I touching another Space/Time. Either way I felt calm and at peace when I woke up and a unbidden “Namu Amida Butsu” flowed from my mouth.

I am thankful to all who wished me well, commented one my blog, the inventors of the equipment/procedures/medicine, the teachers who taught the MD’s who worked on me…

The list is endless as the interrelation of all the things that had to occur just for my surgery is astounding and brings home to me the meaning of interrelatedness of our existence.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

9 responses »

  1. calm and peaceful are good things to feel at a time like that. So many others anxious and fearful. it’s amazing indeed all that’s required, the trades, skills and so on just to make it through basic daily morning ablutions!
    peace to you and your family Fierce one.

  2. Happy to know that you had a successful surgery. Post operative nembutsu and sutta remembrance will go a long way in quick recovery. After all Lord Buddha is called Bhaishaj Vaidya, a doctor who heals. Good luck and happy journey on Dhamma Path. Gool Desai

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