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Hermit Day

My events calendar points out that today is National Hermit Day. This is a commemoration that touches a special place in my mind because of the hermit-like nature of my personality. The 29th of October was selected as Hermit Day … Continue reading

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Like A Hermit

To be isolated from human contact for long periods of time is considered to be a severe punishment. Inmates at penitentiaries who violate prison regulations are placed in solitary confinement. Anecdotal evidence claims that prisoners would rather be in the … Continue reading

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Hermitlike Folks

“If a reclusive monk discovers that he is living in a state of bliss and ecstasy, his poverty of human company becomes the ultimate in comfort. Should he give it up?” This puzzle came up last week when a pair … Continue reading

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Have A Buddha Bowl

She made Buddha Bowls before Buddha Bowls were cool. My step-mom could not shake off all the parts of her traditional Thai female role. Although Tippy had Americanized herself regarding fashion, popular culture, and career, her true domain was the … Continue reading

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Happy Losar

Those of us who observe and practice Tibetan Buddhism, will celebrate Losar the next three days. Losar is the variety of Asian New Year that sometimes shares the same date with Chinese New Year. Tibetan culture is structured around a … Continue reading

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National Hermit Day

I met Yves at the funeral of a friend six years ago. He was the first self-identified hermit I’d ever come across. (Most solitary people do not label themselves as such.) He was affiliated with the monastery, Saint-Benoît de Nursie of Montréal, Canada. I’m … Continue reading

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