Tag Archives: monastic life

I Am So Ordinary

I am sure that we all have had the experience of knowing someone whose very way of interacting with life has provided us with moments of astonishment! There’s the co-worker who never just gets mad but storms off yelling, the … Continue reading

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Question Everything

Whether or not you believe in reincarnation you needn’t die in order to have another chance to be reborn!  Every day is another chance if we view it that way, to begin over, to change and become how and who … Continue reading

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Pot, Dying and Life!

As Guestmaster I would receive guests on retreat, give them a two-hour tour of the monastery, show them to their room and tell them what time to be back up at the main building for meals.  One Friday afternoon I … Continue reading

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To the Future and Beyond… in a Penske Truck!

At 2:30am on May 10th, 2001 at the age of 52 I climbed into a little rented Penske truck and left my monastery of 23 years!  The decision to leave was a difficult one in that I had entered that … Continue reading

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The Lava of Creativity

Hawaii’s history begins with the lava.  Artwork begins with a mindset that wonders about what can be.  While the finished product does have its value, creativity is more about the lava that gives form to the new work than it … Continue reading

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The Calling

I have been a monk for nearly forty-five years now.  Why did I become a monk?  The real answer is that I don’t know why!  All I do know is that I heard a “calling from within monasticism” and I … Continue reading

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Hilton Fireworks

During the two weeks in 2010 that we were in Waikīkī, on each Friday Dan and his friend Alika threw a picnic for us on the water’s edge of Magic Island so that we could watch the weekly fireworks show … Continue reading

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