Monthly Archives: April 2011

Saying Good-bye to Ban Lac, Mai Chau as the Village Readies for Reunification Day Celebrations

It’s been six glorious days of rest, relaxation and riting here in Ban Lac village (yes, I know that’s spelled wrong, I’m going for the written as well as the auditory alliteration!). For most of the time I’ve been here, … Continue reading

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Spring

one of her best, methinks … Spring Somewhere a black bear has just risen from sleep and is staring  down the mountain. All night in the brisk and shallow restlessness of early spring  I think of her, her four black … Continue reading

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Crash Landing

The countryside surrounding Ninh Binh just might end up being one of the places I’ve enjoyed the most here in Vietnam. Everything about it was just what I love – gorgeous nature, peace and quiet, few other tourists, moving water, … Continue reading

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The Dry Salvages

The Dry Salvages (excerpt) Fare forward, travellers! Not escaping from the past  Into indifferent lives, or into any future;  You are not the same people who left that station  Or who will arrive at any terminus,  While the narrowing rails … Continue reading

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Boating with the Buddhists

“Believe me, my young friend,” said the rat, “ there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, … Continue reading

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Writing from the Authentic Voice

As it happens with Keelty, she sent me yet another perfect piece of writing the other day from May Sarton, who is a brilliant writer and the inspiration for this post, the topic of which has been on my mind … Continue reading

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No Title Required

This is it, exactly, and speaks perfectly to my time right now! No Title Required It has come to this: I’m sitting under a tree beside a river on a sunny morning. It’s an insignificant event and won’t go down … Continue reading

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Remember that Vacation I was Talking about?

Well, it looks like I’ve got it! At least I’ve found a place that seems like the perfect one for doing next to nothing. Oh, there’s plenty to do, I’m sure, although I don’t know what it is since all … Continue reading

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Searching for the Dharma

Ohhh, I love this one! Searching for the Dharma You’ve traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma. So many long days in the archives, copying, copying. The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung … Continue reading

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For Easter: Proverbios y Cantares VII

I have this quotation in my bathroom at home – yes, my bathroom, a good place for inspiration, don’t you think? I love Jesus, who said to us: heaven and earth will pass away. When heaven and earth have passed … Continue reading

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