Kelly’s Preserve

As I mentioned before, I have found a tiny chunk of nature here near Kelly's apartment just outside of Washington D.C. (click here for where I live now and the bit of nature on the right) I can tell that this little piece of nature will be a great source of healing and grounding for me - and Kelly - in our remaining time here.A mallard couple are the only permanent feathered residents on the pond, but they share with many guests.The first time I went there I brought my noise-canceling … [Read more...]

New look, new layout – thoughts?

Hey there. If you have a moment, let me know what you think of the new layout and look of the site. It may take on some subtle and/or sudden shifts in the coming weeks/months as I take some time playing with templates, links, and the likes. Input/feedback is much appreciated. Thanks! … [Read more...]

New Book: Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics

For those of you interested in the strange intersections of medieval Buddhist philosophy and cutting edge Western physics, Vic Mansfield's new book should be just for you. I have yet to read it, but just ordered my copy and found that you can get chapters 2 and 4 through the author's website.Back in 2002, as a second-year philosophy student at UM, I slipped into the "senior-seminar/capstone course" for the philosophy students: Philosophy of Mind. The course was electrifying, taught by the … [Read more...]

Those Crazy Catholics…

I was just looking up St. Patrick's day today to help me figure out when my father's birthday is (I'm not so good with dates, I know he was born on whichever day isn't St. Patrick's day - the 16th or 17th - which didn't thwart his good Irish mum from naming him, yup, Patrick), when I discovered that the Catholic Church has changed the date of St. Patrick's day this year! Apparently it conflicts with Easter, and we just can't have commemoration of Jesus sneaking out of a cave and ungodly amounts … [Read more...]

Forecasting fun

Maybe I'm just a bit thick, but is there a difference between 'Partly Sunny' and 'Mostly Cloudy'? The handy pictures are identical, so why the clever shift in wording? Here is the forecast for this Thursday and Saturday from the National Weather Service. ThursdayPartlySunnyHi 56°FSaturdayMostlyCloudyHi 45°FMaybe they're just having fun? Maybe I'm getting too much free time? 'Tis a good thing though. Most all of the adrenal fatigue symptoms have abated in these few days back in the US. Y … [Read more...]


Well, the American Buddhist is back in America!There is so much to share, but it's about 60 degrees here in Washington DC (that's 15.5 Celsius), so I'm getting out of the apartment asap. More soon for sure. Right now I'm busy unpacking (boxes of books from London mostly), sorting myself into Kelly's room and apartment, and resting. But already I'm itching to read, to write, to find a meditation group (or start one!), and all the rest that brings me comfort and direction. But for now I am just … [Read more...]

Life: Back in England!

This will be my last post here for a while, as I revive for the next couple years. I am in London now, New Cross to be exact, at a net cafe not far from my new flat on the fifth floor at Batavia Mews:Flat 4 Room 19 (corrected from 4 19)Batavia MewsNew Cross RoadNew CrossLondonSE14 6AS (corrected from SE4)Tomorrow marks the first day of orientation for my MPHIL/PhD studies here in Religious Studies, where I'll focus on Buddhist Ethics with the great Damien Keown here … [Read more...]

Buddhism: Poetry and Awakening

An elk in Montana. Taken on the drive to the airport on Monday~I have left the state I call home. But I am sure this parting will be only temporary. I will be back to be married in June, to teach then too, and no doubt both Kelly and I will be called home permanently before too long. Yesterday, from the comfort of Kelly's appartment near Washington DC, I read a bit of the recent poetry of Jay Parini. One poem in particular stood out:~"The Prophets"They come to us from elsewherefalse and … [Read more...]