Along the Path

A Blog on Daily Buddhist Practice

Foolish Wisdom

Two behaviorists, named Dunning and Kruger, asked the question "Why do stupid people think they're smart?". Perhaps we might restate this questions a little more gently as "Why do foolish people think they're wise?". The answer they discovered is due to what is now known as The Dunning Kruger...

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Talk of the Flower

With limited access to the Buddhist Sangha - we examine how we can find both the teachings and path all around us. We often think of the teachings as being found only in texts, but if we are aware we can come in contact with the teachings throughout our everyday lives. Rev. Harada shares a...

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Finding Connectedness

The Coronavirus has forced us to stay at home and to keep our distance from others. While we may be feeling physically isolated, this is also a chance to discover our connectedness with all beings and all life.

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A Solution In Unprecedented Times

Wouldn't it be nice if we could go back to a time when the unprecedented was not the precedent? Jim Gaffigan is a comedian on CBS Sunday Morning Show with host Jane Pauley. In Week 7 of the lockdown, Jim Gaffigan was missing strangers but by Week 9 he is lamenting how much things have changed...

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Week 7 - I Miss Strangers

Jim Gaffigan is a comedian used to doing live shows. You can see some of them on Netflix but of course these are pre-recorded in a time before COVID. Now he has had to move to creating online content like podcasting. Gaffigan is a regular now on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with host Jane Pauley....

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Two Errors Our Minds Make

In 1973, a song was released by Rod Stewart and the Faces. It was called Ooh La La with the refrain "I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now When I Was Younger." I love this song. How often do we deal with disappointment by imaging what we could have done differently if we had only known. As a math...

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The Black Dot

I read an article somewhere on the web that said humans are not very good at evaluating risk. We see all risk as high. We are unable to rank threats as low, medium, high. For example, the risk of smoking or obesity is quite high while NutraSweet or caffeine is relatively low. I have noticed...

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Just Do The Dishes

When you hear "just do the dishes", you can hear it in one of two different ways. First, as a chore. Like please stop talking or please stop procrastinating and just do the dishes. Second, as advice. Like "only do the dishes", nothing more. Don't think about how long it is going to take, how...

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Becoming a Monotasker

During the pandemic and social distancing, we find ourselves spending almost all of our time at home and online. Some are lucky and are able to work from home. Social media is a way to keep connected with our family, friends and community. But this can set us up for mental overload. Often...

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Coping with Coronavirus Lock-down

Now that we are following stay-at-home and shelter-in-place social distancing guidelines, there is a new concern. We may begin to develop lock-down fever. I have experienced this, it makes me feel a bit stir-crazy. It is a nebulous sense of anxiety that arises from being shut out from the rest...

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