Why are we not like that wise old owl? Buddhist of the Kwan Um School. Unitarian Universalist. Cultural Catholic. Geek and Enthusiast. Cartoon Lover. Studio Ghibli Fan. Future Teacher.

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The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.

So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others.

Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.

Shunryu Suzuki


Mount Fuji and First Sunrise of the New Year.  Woodblock print.  About 1770’s, Japan, by artist Isoda Koryusai

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When all is lost, when all is let go of, when all is abandoned what you are left with is an ocean of bliss. What you emerged with what you are is an ocean of bliss. Your cells and atoms and brain and bones and blood stream all of it is bliss.
Robert Thurman


Scanned the Cat Collection from my #Inktober sketchbook. 

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  • My month started off with an Economics test, and I have to write around 30 pages between now and Tuesday before I can honestly say my midterms are over. It’s been a very stressful month. After I’m done with all my class work, then I have to start emailing professors for recommendations and apply to graduate school. The head of the Religious Studies department and the professor I went to Istanbul and Spain with agreed to write them, now I just need to track them down.
  • Speaking of graduate school, I decided to apply for a heavier program, so I need to take one class this Spring at my local community college, and afterwards graduate school would start in June. Grad school to become a teacher is only one year at Pitt, but I’ll end up with an M.Ed in Special Education, a Certificate in Secondary Special Education (7-12), a Certificate in Social Studies, and my teaching certification. Supposedly 100% of graduates from the program get jobs, so hey, why not.
  • I do too many things for my church. I do this poetry choir thing, teach the high schoolers every few Sundays, have to call people for the budget drive, and now one of the ministers-in-training asked me to be on his Internship Committee. These guys didn’t want to pay me for doing less work than they have me doing now. I guess it’s good experience for the future? Eh.
  • Autumn is wonderful here in Pittsburgh. At least this year. My girlfriend bought me a wool sweater and a flat cap, and we are going to the pumpkin patch tomorrow. We’re leaving before the afternoon because, as my friend put it, so we can get there before “all the rich moms bring their five children and all go with their kids friends and shop at the gluten free market and pretend they are on a farm when it’s not a real farm.” The suburbs are the headquarters of the bourgeois, I tell you!
  • I’m getting published again. We are crafting an edition for the editors to showcase their work so people can get to know us better. We are getting our faces painted by this misunderstood artist chick for our profile pictures next Friday. I guess that’s a good way to end the month.
  • I got to pet a dog and kittens today during my babysitting gig after I had the best homemade spring rolls in this damn city. It’s the small things.



Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth. This is the real message of love.
Thich Nhat Hanh


Seven deadly sins / Seven heavenly virtues 

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If Sadness comes knocking at your door, tell him that you’ve already made a commitment to Joy to whom you plan on being faithful your
whole life long.
Pope Francis

"One afternoon Benjamin told us that he wanted fifteen volunteers. The attack on the Fascist redoubt which had been called off on the previous occasion was to be carried out tonight. I oiled my ten Mexican cartridges, dirtied my bayonet…and packed up a hunk of bread, three inches of red sausage, and a cigar which my wife had sent from Barcelona and which I had been hoarding for a long time."

If I go missing, let my parents know I’m in the trenches fighting the good fight

Great faith doesn’t mean faith in something, or faith that things will turn out your way. Faith needs no object. It’s living life in the way your foot meets the ground in walking. Your foot never wonders if the ground is there for it.

Great courage means not giving up. Changing course is no problem, but you have to keep going. Great courage doesn’t have to be dramatic either. Every time you do something that’s a little difficult or a little unpleasant, and do it without complaining, and do it until you’re finished, that’s great courage, right there.

Great doubt is most important. People think religion is about belief, but it isn’t. What am I? What is this universe? What should I do? These are not questions that can be answered once and for all. Don’t evade them. Find a spiritual practice that helps you look at them steadily, and then practice with great faith and courage.

Belief comes and goes. Even if you believe in God your whole life, your idea of God is always changing. But spiritual practice is not dependent on belief, and it can last a lifetime.
Zen Master Bon Hae
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whenever I say YOOOOOOO this is exactly what I’m imagining

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Screw college, all I want to do all day is meditate, read sutras, and learn to talk to plants. Is that too much to ask?!?

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The Decemberists,
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Don’t Carry It All-The Decemberists

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