Author Archives: shodospring

The Most Useful Thing

I woke up this morning with the thought: “Is this the most useful thing I can be doing?” I spend a lot of time on the farm – taking care of it, thinking about it, managing people who work with … Continue reading

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What thoughts are for – some thoughts

Visiting my teacher’s temple, I sit with others for two hours each morning. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am grateful. And this morning, as the second period drew to a close, I noticed that I had not been … Continue reading

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Gratitude and more

On the verge of entering Rohatsu sesshin – the annual, traditional seven-day retreat remembering Buddha’s enlightenment – there is little to say. I wrote briefly at VairochanaFarm.wordpress.com. Here I will repeat only the poem, and the picture of the river.  … Continue reading

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After Veterans’ Day

Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans’ Day in the United States, and Armistice Day in Europe. In Britain they honored the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I with poppies – 900,000 poppies for the 900,000 military – human … Continue reading

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the flaming leaves and sacred spaces

There was a poem I memorized in high school. From memory: Thy winds, thy wide gray skies,              thy mists that roll and rise,                       thy woods, this autumn day, that sag    and all but cry with color, that gaunt crag to … Continue reading

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Hello again

Hello! It seems that I announced that I blog here, but didn’t post anything, while several people checked out the site and a few signed up. Apologies. So I will start with a little news from my life in the … Continue reading

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Concluding the Walk

As I start moving into the next phase of my life, it seemed important to gather my own writings from the Walk. I chose not to remove the mundane – donation appeals and event announcements – but to do the … Continue reading

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