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when we are aware

of things

we realize


we and everyone else does

is done

with great loneliness



to be conscious of this = compassion

to be in denial of this = suffering



Buddha Poetry/ Poetry Buddha


… it is really important to recognize that this text is poetry and we need to read it as poetry because the quality of experience is an aesthetic appreciation, a direct experience. it is not an analytic construct. we want to use the poetry to free ourselves, rather than to wrap ourselves in ever more concepts. – James Low; Being Right Here referring to Dzogchen treasure text.

we are always wearing ruby slippers.

essence of all things is loneliness
loneliness is not what you think

we are no thing – PDL


The main point is what Buddha once said: “I discovered something profound and luminous beyond all concepts. I tried to communicate it with words, but nobody understands. So now I will meditate alone in the forest”. This verse of Buddha is the conclusion of the teachings. – Chogyal Namkhai Norbu


the duck of sport, love and compassion with  buddha

the duck of sport, love and compassion with buddha

who is responsible?



there are over 7.046 billion people in the world, and who is responsible for them?


and you  (.) ( ?)


Christmas is a determined wench – by pd lyons

Now two days before Christmas snow has stopped not amounting to much and well what can I say  that hasn’t already been said about the joys and sorrows aroused by Christmas?
I like Green Sleeves, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Good King Wenceslas, The Holly and the Ivy, and for some reason Barbara Allen strikes me as a Christmas tune. I also like the best cognac I can afford and of course Champagne – very dry and very French. It must be cold for Christmas, it doesn’t matter if it snows but it must be cold so I can wear my big black overcoat and a long red scarf as I take my 1 a.m. Christmas Eve stroll after having watched Alistair Sim as Scrooge on the channel 2 Late Late Late show. The best thing about Christmas though is the melancholia. a thick strong liquor, the true spirit of Christmas brewed from memories of child hood and from witnessing present instances of hope and faith – the faith of children waiting for Santa Claus – knowing he will some how come, the hope of church goers (pious as well as the annual) the simple joy of strangers on a street corner singing songs of comfort and joy with the salvation army band. These are the ingredients of the precious brew that one sips slowly sparingly alone in the cold in the middle of the night. For me my own special garnish is my son who I cannot see on Christmas and my mother (always the source of our childhood Christmas festivities) who has now been dead for this the second Christmas – and yet still there is something, as if Christmas gives me the courage to think of each of them remembering those happier times without depression.
How do I explain? It is the joy we give that lays the foundation for our own faith in our ability to be happy. The presence of hope when hope should not exist,  joy in spite of all the compelling reasons for despair – that must be  magic. It is the season when one searches out, both in memory and  present day to day, these instances of magic. Ones awareness is sharpened so as to better find out and discover these instances of joy and hope. So as to be able to say: See! It is real! It does exist. Here! Here is an example and here look here! Against all odds should be the motto for Christmas.  Truly a holiday common sense and the rational are definitely out to lunch. All mundane obligations – rent bills job etc. are finally (if only briefly) put into a proper prospective and totally disregarded in favour of the pursuit of bringing joy to some one else. Even money in all its blood soaked splendour is transformed into an instrument of purity when with it are bought the tokens which give delight, the tokens that symbolize our wish to give happiness to others. It seems that everyone now has this mission – to make other people happy, as if to prove it is possible to do such a thing even in this world.

For me the magic  of Christmas is that although I have good reason to be depressed ( my son, my mother, no money, no job, etc.) I know I will find, because of Christmas, a sense of joy, a sense of thank god for Christmas.
When I woke up this morning I swore I wouldn’t write anything about Christmas. I even wrote I had nothing to say about it and now here I am writing a Christmas lecture but perhaps you can forgive me. I don’t mean to tell you how Christmas is and must be for you, this is just a little reminder to myself as how it is for me. Hopefully I’ve spared you from too much of the boring personal details but gave enough for a good outline.
   To me there is a magic which only Christmas brings, a sort of reason-less relief from the mun-day-to-dayn preoccupations. For others I’m sure they will interpret it in their own terms, perhaps this too is what makes it a special time because each may experience it in a personal way without infringing on another. But no matter, Christmas will, I’m sure have it’s way and I believe deep down even the most adamant “hum-bugger” will some how be affected by her as she makes her way down the street, cold, alone, sipping slowly on that thick strong brew she loves so well, her eyes alive with the knowledge that she has little to do with any religion and that its useless for mankind to resist her. Christmas is a determined wench, patience unlimited. It doesn’t matter to her how long the seduction takes – she knows whether days months or years the result will be the same – that eventually we all fall under her spell.

excerpted from Salamanders – a fiction, by PD Lyons c2012


snow by morgan lyons

snow by morgan lyons






Animal Freedom Day

goat friend

Please join the Hartford Karma Thegsum Choling and Tara Shedrup centers in participating in Animal Freedom Day. Be a veggie for a day… or two or three. Alternatively, you can also choose to offer a gift of life and protection through the practice of “Life Release.” Find out more about this Buddhist practice at Chodron Foundation Global Life Release Movement and Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. You can also participate by donating to Animal Farm Sanctuaries at http://woodstocksanctuary.org/about/mission/ or http://www.farmsanctuary.org/.

On July 28th, 29th and 30th, we will not consume any animal products as part of Animal Freedom Day. Animal Freedom Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness towards the environmental crisis, human health and animal welfare. People all over the world will abstain from eating meat on these three days or engage in the practice of Life Release.

Please make a difference, help us bring compassion to animals and the earth. Find out more about Animal Freedom Day. And watch the trailer for the new movie, Don’t Eat Me.
The Tara Shedrup Center, Hartford KTC, and Chodron Foundation Global Life-Protecting Movement are working to put kindness in motion to humans, animals, the planet, and to create a more peaceful, harmonious, and sustainable world.

calf friend
All beings tremble before violence.
All fear death, all love life.
See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?
– The Buddha
Useful Links
Veggie Recipes:

Animals are capable of so much more compassion, love, bravery, and ingenuity than most people realize.
Here are 14 incredible stories that reveal their hidden depths.
Earthlings (documentary)
Farm Sanctuaries

salamander yellow pad

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Today on the great yellow sheet of possibility he hurried the blue notes of coffee too hot to drink comfortably. It was the gold dead grass of February, not dead, sleeping, not sure of the difference. Empty unsure sky whether snow or rain no birds at the apple tree feeders wishing to find out. Where ever it is they go, the birds are always out. Can you imagine a place where no one knows how they should behave, where the fear factor absent no motivation, no explanation, what would we be like? Compassionate birds always out never needing to steal. The cheapest coffee comes in a real steel container, has more weight than most and tastes as good as the rest. Now are there things un-wishing to do but wishing were done. The energy of that un-equated equation can be used to do which must be done. What is the term for an equation that is unequal? An un-equal equation is an error. Do all errors need remedy? Do they need to be remedied? And hot from the hoody sweat shirt and seventy degree thermostat he pulls it up over his head remembers five years old and getting stuck.
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