Thursday, November 20, 2014

STRENGTH

Here's a passage from the new novel I've begun to work on (it's also posted on the new blog, over at The Pilgrim's Staff website
What men most fear in themselves and despise in others is anything they perceive as weakness.  We hide these feelings deep inside, or disguise them with truculence and bravado. This is unfortunate because the consequences are dire, whether personally damaging or, potentially, globally calamitous.  The truth is that all of us have our frailties.  Without them we would not be human.  True strength lies in the acknowledgment of our vulnerability, not in its rejection or concealment.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UPDATE

It has been a while since I posted on The Buddha Diaries.  I have been much occupied elsewhere, principally with the promotion of the new novel and with the associated blog.  Still, though I have remained largely silent on the blog, I have been keeping up with my meditation practice.  If nothing else, it helps with the sanity.  Given the competition out there, with thousands of new books showing up on the Internet every week, I could easily go crazy if I get too attached to the book's "success."  And meditation helps let go of the attachment.  Eventually, of course, the book will sink or swim on its own merits.  If enough people read it, like it, and pass on the word, I'll get some readers.  If not, not.

As if the PR activity weren't enough, I'm already embarked on that I hope will be a sequel to The Pilgrim's Staff.  Tentatively, I'm thinking that it might be called "David: Self Portraits."  Plural, because I plan to explore some of the many selves of David, the artist/primary narrator of the earlier book.  If you haven't read it (yet!) he's a painter and a blogger.  His "Studio Notes" is a (fictional) blog in which he examines his life, his work, his relationships.  Now (fictionally) he has decided to do what he refuses to call an autobiography--too pompous! too literary!--and instead thinks of as a series of self-portraits, of the kind he has made numerous times on paper and on canvas.

Thus far, I'm having fun with it.  And am learning more about this guy with every page.  One of the dangers of The Pilgrim's Staff is that it reads like autobiography, and people who know me tend to read me into my "characters."  And it's true, both of these men have a great deal in common with myself, my own background, my own experiences.  And yet they're "not me."  This David, further examining himself, is in the same way "me" and "not me."

I come back to that mantra that I love so much: "This is not me, this is not mine, this is not who I am..."

With metta for all, PC

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DAVID

Please go here to read today's entry in "The Pilgrim's Staff" about our visit to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale to see the replica of Michelangelo's David... on the occasion of our 42nd wedding anniversary.

Monday, November 10, 2014

LUKA, AT 3

I'm tending to post more these days on the new blog associated with The Pilgrim's Staff.  It's a blog that purports to be about all things masculine. I have admired for many years the work that women have done to raise both individual and public consciousness about the feminine, and regret that few men have bothered to work in the same way to understand the peculiarity of their gender and its special gifts. I think it's past time for men to work for greater consciousness about masculinity, in both the individual and public realms.

Today's entry is a celebration of my little grandson Luka's third birthday...


I'd be happy to have you click on over to take a look.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OKAY. NOW GET REAL

(A Note to Republicans)

Okay, now get real.
Get real about the grave problems this country needs to address.
Get real in recognizing you have been one of them.
Get real in acknowledging that Obama is not the tyrant you have made him out to be.
Get real in working with him rather than against him.
Get real in owning your part in the plight of the poor and the underprivileged.
Get real in accepting the reality of social security, and of all those programs you have disparaged as "entitlements."
Get real in accepting that basic affordable care is both workable and necessary for millions of your fellow citizens.
Get real in the recognition that our national obsession with gun ownership is detrimental to the health and well-being of thousands of our children.
Get real and find sensible ways to regulate the excesses of the financial industry.
Get real and address the deplorable state of education in this country, particularly among those where it is most needed and most poorly supplied.
Get real and assure that no child in America goes to bed hungry.
Get real about science.
Get real about the reality of climate change and the urgent need to address it, to protect the Earth for our children and our grandchildren.
Get real about the decaying infrastructure, that threatens business as well as individual Americans.
Get real about privacy.
Get real about those who languish without evidence or trial in the dungeons of Guantanamo.
And while you're at it, get real about Cuba.
And get real about the many thousands wrongly held in our own prisons.
And with the death penalty.
Get real about military power, its costs and its limitations.
Get real about the limits of American power in a radically chaining world.
Get real about how your actions are perceived in the rest of the world.
And so much more.
Just get, real, okay?  It's all we ask.