Why don’t people care?!?!?!?!?

Why don’t people care?!?!?!?!?

I got into town from a business trip on Friday.  When I came home, I noticed that my garbage can was in front of my garage door.  My sister must have taken it out on Thursday  night.  I said to myself that I would take it in later.  I cleaned up and watered the plants.  I went to a friends coffee shop to bring some vegetables I picked from the garden.  I saw the garbage can again when I came…

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The Wrong Question

The Wrong Question

The wrong question – “I guess you don’t like basketball, right?”  I asked my son this question because I wanted to “motivate” him to study harder.  We have an agreement, if he doesn’t put forth effort in studying and scores low, he doesn’t get to play basketball.  But in motivating him, I shouldn’t have phrased the question that way.  In asking him the question that way, I 1- caused him stress by reminding him of what he may lose if…

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Another early realization in my Dhamma practice – Knowing vs “KNOWING”

Another early realization in my Dhamma practice – Knowing vs “KNOWING”

After attending Dhamma discussions for a while, my teachers started talking about internalizing.  It is one thing to know, but another to believe.  LP Anan related it to the stories about the enlightenment of Buddha’s disciples.  One saw the petals falling off and flower, related it to impermanence and became enlightened…..WOW.  I understand that!  Why am I not enlightened?  It goes beyond understanding, they truly believed.  The first time I can really say that I “believed” happened during a discussion…

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Collecting watches and other nice things

Collecting watches and other nice things

Starting in college I started to like nice things.  I bought nice pens, when I started working it became clothes and after working a couple of years, I got into collecting watches.  I was looking at an advertisement in the Wall Street Journal for a Patek Phillipe watch.  It was a simple design.  Porcelain white dial with roman numerals, sub-second hand, 18kt case, with a leather strap.  The bezel had a pattern called hobnail and the model was Calatrava.  The…

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The Movie “Lost in Hong Kong” and regret

The Movie “Lost in Hong Kong” and regret

I was flying back home last week and saw a movie on the plane called “Lost in Hong Kong”  It was basically a story of regret.  There were these two art students who grew close to each other.  While working on painting projects, BUT every time they were going to kiss, they were interrupted by some one.  In the end, they the female student left for an art program at a prestigious university.  There was another student who liked the…

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Double Standards

Double Standards

One morning at the KPY retreat, I heard someone talking.  I was awake already and took a look at my watch.  It was 6am.  My first thought was “wow that person is talking loud and there are other people who are probably still asleep.”  AND YES, I said to myself, that I wouldn’t do that, I’d be more considerate.  We’ll I got up a little while later and after cleaning my teeth, I decided to pack up my tent since…

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Early realization in my Dhamma practice – “My Expectations”

Early realization in my Dhamma practice – “My Expectations”

One of the major milestones in my Buddhism practice came about in 2013. By way of background, my son came to the US in mid 2012.  He was nine years old, didn’t speak English and was spoiled by his grandparents in Thailand.  I made an assessment (judgement) of him based on my limited interactions with him when I spent time with him in Thailand.  I explained to my wife that I had to take a hard stance on his behavior…

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Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

I started watching the Netflix show Penny Dreadful.  In one episode, this dialog occurred.    Dorian Gray – I won by the way.  Flash Jack.  Ninety seven on the nose…Not that it matters.    Cowboy – Why not?    Dorian Gray – It’s not as diverting as it use to be.  Once you get use to something, why bother?  It’s just repetition… For those who don’t know, Dorian Gray is a character is a book, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”…

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Ramsey Bolton and Karma

Ramsey Bolton and Karma

I was watching The Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 9.  In the episode, Ramsey loses his battle with Jon Snow and loses his Castle.  Sansa Stark (who is married to him and mistreated by him) gets her revenge.  Ramsey is an evil man.  He tortures and kills people.  He feeds people to his dogs.  He is cocky and will do what he needs to do to get what he wants (like kill his father).  When he loses the battle…

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Sharing a “Secret” Recipe

Sharing a “Secret” Recipe

If you hang out at the temple or if you are friends with me on facebook, you’ll know that I love to cook.  I usually get recipes off the internet or take cooking classes in Bangkok when I’m on vacation.  Once I know how to cook a dish, I would bring it to the Wat and offer it to the monks or share with friends there.  Lately, I have been teaching some of the members of the Wat.  What’s interesting…

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