Mind, Body, and Soul

'Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.' - Buddha   The history of the Shaolin Temples with its fighting monks is a long and honored tradition. Through the ages, the Shaolin Temples (north and south) have been... Continue Reading →

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The Pretzel of Hell and Hope

'There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.' - Buddha   Pandora's Box is used to refer to a source of endless complications or trouble arising from a simple miscalculation that grows exponentially. Pandora's story comes to us from ancient Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, it was Prometheus who brought fire to... Continue Reading →

Guides in the Shadows

'No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.' - Buddha Last week, my writers' group gathered at the home of one of our members. We had a great time discussing our writing, talking about our day, and nibbling on food. Wow, the buffet that... Continue Reading →

Lord of Death

'We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.' - Buddha In my writing class, we have a fellow writer Kat. She is an amazing poet! She has Synesthete, which makes her art all the more interesting. Synesthete is when someone may see sounds,... Continue Reading →

Culture of Violence

'When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.' -Buddha   Each year, almost two million people worldwide lose their lives to violence. Violence is one of the leading causes of death for people aged 15–44 years of age worldwide, accounting for 14% of deaths among males and 7%... Continue Reading →

Life on Fire

'Sometimes things that hurt you most, teach you the greatest lesson in life.' - Buddha   The story of the Phoenix is one of the most well-known ancient myths in modern day. The legend is famous for the many elements it contains– life and death, creation and destruction, even time itself is tied to the... Continue Reading →

Lilith: Garden to Goddess

'The root of suffering is attachment.' - Buddha   Lilith has wandered Earth for thousands of years, igniting the mythic imaginations of writers, poets, and artists. Her dark origins lie in ancient Babylonian, where amulets and incantations were used to counter the sinister powers of this winged spirit who preyed on pregnant women and infants.... Continue Reading →

Witches of the South

'Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.' - Buddha   In the Navajo culture, a Skinwalker is a type of harmful witch who has the ability to turn into, possess, or disguise himself or herself... Continue Reading →

Armageddon Scouts of War

'Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.' - Buddha   In Norse mythology, Valkyries were warrior female virgins that rode horses in battle, arming themselves with helmets and spears. The Valkyries decide who will die in a battle and who will continue on to the Banquet Hall of Valhalla. The word... Continue Reading →

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