Day 6: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Trip to Our Bodhi Day Place

We arrived at our Bodhi Day place mid-afternoon today. It's very wintry, cold, and there's much snow. But sunny weather is forecast for Friday and partly cloudy for Bodhi Day on Saturday. Our place has a wonderfully wide open Eastern view, so if it's not cloudy, we should have a great view of Venus in … Continue reading Day 6: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Trip to Our Bodhi Day Place

Day 5: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Traditions

Let's take a little breather from the depth of Bodhi Season Mindfulness with a little fluff piece. We'll take a little bit of time to prepare for the Bodhi Day Celebration in three days. Before continuing, if you have no idea what Bodhi Day is, please read this blog, Bodhi Day. Much of what I'm … Continue reading Day 5: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Traditions

Day 4: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Our Unique Paths

With only four days before Bodhi Day on Saturday, December 8, 2018, I advise you to spend at least some time wrapping your brain around enlightenment with some reading. Four days isn’t much time, but fortunately, there are three profound, short, easy-reading books that convey very Buddhist sentiments and are feasible reading within a few … Continue reading Day 4: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Our Unique Paths

Day 3: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – A Bodhi Day Carol

Bodhi Season is a lot like the first week or two of a diet to lose weight - as opposed to other health concerns or philosophical reasons, religious and/or ethical. Generally, a diet involves the removal of foods we've been eating, and we're left with all the things that we would have been eating anyway … Continue reading Day 3: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – A Bodhi Day Carol

Day 2: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Have a Holly Jolly Bodhi

I just want to say that if on this 2nd day of Bodhi Season things are hectic and far from om-humming and tranquil ... that's OK!! Bodhi Day may be near Christmas so there could be a misconception that it's just the Buddhist version of the Holiday Season. Instead of Merry Christmas, it's namaste. Instead … Continue reading Day 2: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Have a Holly Jolly Bodhi

Day 1: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Buddhism is a Skill

Welcome to the first day of the Bodhi Season of 2018! December 1, 2018. I was chatting with a friend of mine yesterday who has often heard people say, "Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion." Meaning that the focus is not on worshiping an other-worldly deity, a god. Buddhism is a way, a philosophy, … Continue reading Day 1: Secular Bodhi Season 2018 – Buddhism is a Skill

Tomorrow Begins the Secular Bodhi Season of 2018

If we were Siddhartha Gautama living today, November 30, 2018, it would probably be a really crappy day. It could be a day so bad we capitulate to the fact that our hopes and dreams will never come true. We're out of fuel with old age and decades of struggle now a physical barrier to … Continue reading Tomorrow Begins the Secular Bodhi Season of 2018

Goddess of Love is Now the Morning Star for Bodhi Day 2018

After the combination of daylight savings time a couple weeks ago, the leaves fallen off the trees, and the motion of Venus herself, I was able to see her for the first time this year as the Morning Star at about 6am. Venus is a big part of Bodhi Day. Siddhartha Gautama awoke from his … Continue reading Goddess of Love is Now the Morning Star for Bodhi Day 2018