What I really want to say is that I can’t help but feel different. The dissertation was huge. I’ve turned that very important corner in my professional academic career. And losing Kai was rough, no doubt about it. But we’ve been making new routines, new habits, since he left, trying to get used to coming home and not being greeting by him. And when we move, I’ll be moving to a place that will have no memories of Kai attached. Which is pretty big deal when you think of all the places I’ve lived in the past nine years and how each of them was effected by that dog in some way. So things are going to be different. They already are.
In other, other, other, news, once the Dissertation has been defended, I expect everyone to call me Dr. Scott. No wait. Thatâ€™s not what I was going to say. Once Thursday rolls around, Iâ€™ll be posting something more, oh, I donâ€™t know, Buddhist. Unless of course my Radiohead boxset ever shows up. In which case maybe Iâ€™ll talk about the difference between digital downloads, CDs, and vinyl. I donâ€™t know. But I do know this: maybe Iâ€™ll be just a little be less distracted.
The very definition of a bodhisattva is one who forsakes final and complete nirvana for the sake of others, to help all other sentient beings attain nirvana first. Why? Because the bodhisattva knows that if just one person is unenlightened, nobody gets enlightened.
While driving around yesterday (where was I going? home? work? whatever) I heard on NPR that the third Monday of January is considered the most depressing day of the year. It’s considered that by some therapist who claims that it’s just about the time that our Christmas credit card bills start showing up and we […]
I was fortunate to stumble across this short article from the Guardian on Japanese Buddhists trying to be more trendy to attract younger people who aren’t particularly interested in religion. There’s a lot of great stuff in this piece (and plenty of other folks have already picked up on it including the ever-wonderful worst horse […]
Whatâ€™s my fascination with one-armed midgets?
Iâ€™m not sure if the fact that I (we) own the top three albums of the year, according to the New York Times, makes me still young enough to know whatâ€™s hip, or, since itâ€™s the New York Times, it makes old. Then again, I did just say â€œhip.â€
Damn it. Now that song’s stuck in my head. Well, happy Bodhi Day everyone! That’s right. It’s December 8th and that means it’s Bodhi Day, the Big Fat Buddhist December Holiday. It’s the day commemorating the enlightenment of the historical Buddha, and you know what means. It’s time for an entry from the front lines […]
Sakura (cheery blossoms) bloom only for a week or two in the spring. Viewing them is all about reflecting on transiency, impermanency and yet beauty inherent in our lives. But today I’m feeling very much like things are changing. Like I’m in the middle of a transitional period, and what’s at the other side is […]
Which of course has little to do with anything. This entry, in honor of, among other things, a six-yer anniversary, is all about unconnected things that on the face of it have little to do with anything. So let’s get on with it.