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Reflections and Resolutions

January 12, 2011 by Guest Author

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I was not the healthiest or happiest baby. I smoked too much, I drank too much, I cussed like a sailor, most of the foods I ate were from bags and wrappers, and the other toddlers thought I was a real jerk. It was around that time that I first came across some words of the Buddha, a “noble truth”: “The origin of suffering is craving and attachment.” Like most babies I thought more than I talked, so I’m like, “hey wait a minute! That can’t be right! I’m just trying to have a good time man! I bet I can prove the Buddha wrong!” So with that my first new years resolution came into being, and I, with complete determination, resolved to end the Buddha’s career.

Now after 40 years, you might think I haven’t made much progress, in that the Buddha’s teaching is still alive and well and I spend my days in zazen with a kesa wrapped around my body!? And to that I say, hey, great things take time… Plus now I’m working on the inside!

Travis

Comments

  • Yugen:

    15 Jan 2011 01:07:37

    Frighteningly enough, I can just picture you as a wee nipper…

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