I was baptized and raised Melkite Catholic, but by young adulthood I knew it wasn’t speaking to me. Although I married a Buddhist and agreed to raise our children as such, I didn’t think I needed to practice anything and was content to not commit to anything organized. But in 2016, when my husband unexpectedly died and left me a 34-year-old widow, I took over his job of taking the children to dharma school and inadvertently began listening and learning. I soon realized it was exactly what I needed to ease my personal suffering. It didn’t feel like a religion. It was learning tools to navigate this world. A lifeboat to survive the choppy waters. A way to find happpiness and joy and meaning in this life no matter what happens to us.
Buddhist Churches of America essays
Featured in Lion’s Roar, 8/17/22. “Finding the Dharma.“
My Writings on Buddhism:
Getting started reading about Buddhism.
An Accidental Realization published on Everyday Buddhist. 6/14/21. Also found on Buddhists Churches of America.
Repetiton and Release– A Type of Detox published on Everyday Buddhist. 6/28/21
How to Be Consistently Spiritual.
Remembering Non-Self in the North Grove. Published on Everyday Buddhist. 11/1/21
My Writings Specifically on Shin Buddhism:
Searching for Amida Part 1 published on Everyday Buddhist. 9/20/21
Finding Amida Part II.
Sitting with Amida Part III.
Books I love:
Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life by Marvin Harada
Bits of Rubble by Taitetsu Unno
River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetsu Unno
Dharma Breeze by Nobuo Haneda
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
Ocean by Kenneth Tanaka
Everyday Suchness by Gyomay Kubose
Be the Refuge by Chenxing Han
Let This Be Known by Jim Pollard
Jodo Shinshu A Guide
Introduction to Buddhism by Peter Harvey
Buddhism for Mothers by Sara Napthali
You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
Essays I Find Helpful (written by the experts!):
“What is Amida Buddha?” By Rev. Nobuo Haneda
For More Learning:
Everyday Buddhist-– self-paced courses
BCA Center for Buddhist Education— YouTube seminars