Tag Archives: Chicago

Dharma Kids at Buddhist Temple of Chicago


On April 22nd the children of the Dharma School ran the service at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago on 4/22/12. Below is a short video of them in action. My daughter does her short talk in the video @ 1:38

Chicago Bonsai meeting


Dharma talk on the “Four Dharma Seals”


This is the talk I gave at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago on 4/15/12

Harmonic discord


sounds of
harmonic discord
new neighbors

Hemingway’s Poetry


In honor of National Poetry Month and our little trip to Hemingway’s house in Oak Park I reblog this…

American Poets Abroad

Hemingway by David Levine[Blank Verse]

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       !             :                  ,                 .
              ,            ,            ,                 .
      ,              ;                              !

This is Hemingway at his poetic best. Half a step behind ee cummings and more convincingly modernist than anything EzraPound published in his Cantos, there is an unexpected pathos brimming from this verse.  He turned seventeen the year he wrote it, proving that juvenilia has its moments. Years later, John Updike would ape it in a sonnet composed of elegantly spaced commas, question marks and other typewriter-based punctuation. The effect is lighthearted, clever, ironic. Each comma is placed for maximum effect, the language is simple yet direct. Far from adhering to poetic creeds of the time (Imagism, Futurism, Autism, etc…), the verse is defiantly original both in its idiom and its form. One wonders if the world couldn’t use a few more poems of such transparency, bogged…

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April Fools Day


to those hurt it’s
no laughing matter-
april fools day

I have never enjoyed April Fools Day. As a child I felt bad for those who were pranked and I also felt a distrust of those who pranked, and it could be anyone, during this day.

While it is suppose to be “in good fun” it generally ends up being a free day for bullying. Along with bullying there is also the possibility of the prank going to far and cause physical harm or property damage.
I recently learned that if your house is damaged as part of pranking AND you were also participating then your insurance will likely not cover the repairs. Furthermore, IF someone is hurt on your property they can sue you!

As a Buddhist this day also does not sit well with me. “Fooling” someone is tantamount to lying and goes against the principles of the “Eightfold Path.” If you are lying you are obviously not practicing “Right Speech” and if your actions cause harm, damage (even mental) then you are not practicing “Right Action.”

Enough preaching now back to the haiku.

Thoughts of you


The sky mirrors
my clouded mind-
thoughts of you

Blue Heron Ver. 2


under the heron’s wings
hides the dark of winter-
frogs dare not shiver

Second attempt at the image. Still something is not quite right.

Read version 1 for comparison

War is hell


glancing back
as I leave the theatre-
war is hell

Today’s writing prompt was “Theatre” most people might think of going to a play or movie. To a combat veteran the word has a different meaning.

Blue heron


great blue heron holds
dark of winter under its wings-
fragrant magnolia blossoms

I will be working on this one. Not quite happy with it.