online: 29 october 2017
modified: 29 october 2017
11 october 2017 cold wind and the essence of
...pleased to be returning to familiar seat and view of the prehistoric
Ridgeway (a hilltop path) on the northern horizon...
...a man and woman each carrying a baby while two larger infants walk
irregularly between them as they all move together across the field before
me... a tall man with white sleeveless shirt and white dog follows
them... as gusts of cold wind blow leaves about... some at ground level
and some from tops of trees... watery grey clouds look as if they will
bring rain in minutes... i set off to walk by Seven Sisters Ponds that
...walked beside the ponds until reach the only seat in the vicinity...
tiny raindrops appear on touch screen so i unfold a sheltering
flap... the pond seems nearly choked with fallen leaves though many are
still attached to branches despite the cold autumn wind...
...walking my way on pondside path beset with tree roots and other
obstructions i find myself in a cul de sac out of which i can barely
move uphill with defective legs assisted by two trekking poles that seem
ineffective on slopes though very helpful on the flat... but eventually
overcome the obstacle by 'falling uphill' to retain balance... (which
seems to be a 'minimal motion' to retain dynamic stability... a fact
that may be obvious to anyone who's tried to teach a baby to walk or a
beginner to ride a bicycle)...
...and now (in my 91st year) to widen the scope of this diary:
...then came the forecast rain... and click-clacking my way on concrete
pavements to the nearest bus stop... i arrive home... and am writing this
...something set me reading two books on Buddhism... open one blindly at pages 99 -100... which seems to me to
include the essence of Buddhism... here are some of the words that i
Suffering, pain, unhappiness, and problems do not exist outside the
from Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, 2002, page vii.
the path to enlightenment is really very simple - all we need to do is
to is stop cherishing ourself and learn to cherish others.
from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Transform your Life, A Blissful Journey, 2001,
...could these be the beginning of a new story?
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