A Place for Comments

A reader recently let me know that they had tried to post a comment on my About page but weren’t able to (thanks, hillbillyzen!). I know that I have often enjoyed leaving a comment on someone’s About page myself. Since the theme I’m using is set up not to show comments on that page template, and since I otherwise love the layout, I’ve created a page here that should allow for general comments if you are so moved. Of course, post-specific comments are always welcome and appreciated!


44 thoughts on “A Place for Comments

  1. 50 percent Dakini

    Thanks for your comment on my blog; I love yours, especially the sparse, clean poetry. I am curious as to whether you have continued any of your earlier Tibetan practice since turning to Zen. I have been a Tibetan Buddhist for almost 2 decades, but this past year have been practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. I’m still figuring out whether I’m balancing the two practices or going in a new direction entirely. The mindfulness practice seems to resonate better with where I am now.

  2. Sibylle Ingeborg Preuschat

    Thanks for posting the first comment on my new blog, HeartofLifePoetry. It’ was a thrill to receive it, and I’m with you… I love the word ricochet to describe the flight of hummingbirds.

  3. Eric Tonningsen

    With joy, I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The rules are simple:

    1) Display the logo on your blog (it can be found on my blog).
    2) Link back to the person who nominated you.
    3) Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link back to them.
    4) Notify bloggers of the nomination and award requirements.

    Thanks for your most enjoyable reads.

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much for thinking of me – it is a gift of kindness. I have had a conflicted history with awards, as I described here. So – I am so happy to receive the good will, and wish you the same.

      1. Eric Tonningsen

        To your linked post, “…an example of simply what is.” I get and respect that. You seem at peace with how you’re processing and choosing to reconcile this. An overt action isn’t always required. To your reply, I am warmed that are open to the good will. It is intended.

  4. pi314chron

    The past half hour I’ve spent just trying to think of new superlatives to describe your poetry, haiku, and tanka and came up short. The influence of Zen is so powerfully evident that surely Blyth himself would have been proud. No other haiku or tanka I have found online can compare with the charm and quiet elegance I find in your work, and it is with pleasure that I now “follow” you and look forward to learning from you.

    I saw that you visited my “Randa Lane…” blog and liked some of what you saw there. I hope you will visit often. Or, if the spirit moves you, “follow” along with others who enjoy my efforts. *easy smile*

    Randa Lane blog: http://randalane.wordpress.com

    In the Walk,


    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. It is true we can always make choices. What is equally true, in my experience, is that it is not always those choices that make the difference. We can go through our lives thinking that this next choice, this next change, will be the one that will make us happy and solve our problems. Yet that clinging can be the seed of new dissatisfaction. I may make changes…but I first need to be with what arises before that change is made.

      Thank you again for your thoughtful contribution – I am so enjoying the conversation with everyone. Be well~

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much for visiting. Your images of windows caught my eye this morning – I often find that windows take up prominent places in my writing, how wonderful to see such beautiful images on your blog. Be well this day~

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much for this great kindness. It is a great gift coming from someone with such a wonderful spirit. Glad to be a Daddy voice… Be well~

  5. m lewis redford

    I am sorry – it’s the kid in me; I got given an award and I’d like to pass it on. You have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. To see what on earth this is all about have a look at http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/versatile-blogger-award/. If you want to accept the award you have to do some stuff to get the badge and the little bit of publicity. If you want to accept the award quietly … (then let’s just keep it between ourselves – it is still nonetheless genuinely offered).

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      CJ – Apologies for the long delay! Thank you so much for the kindness. I have a great deal of respect for your writing as well, so it means a lot. Be well~

  6. m lewis redford

    I’ve nominated your work for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award; to work out what on earth that means, go to http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/the-dragons-loyalty-award/ and become none the wiser; if you’d like to accept the award there are, as always, things you are obliged to do (but at least you get to wear a smart badge); if you don’t want to do those things I will sit in this corner of your blog, fold my arms and breathe little puffs of fume and smoke until you do

  7. drshyamalavatsa

    ‘Almost Eight’ struck a chord with me – if I could write poetry, that’s exactly what I would say about my (now grown up) angels! You’ve turned those 30 secs it takes to descend a staircase into such a poignant little poem. Thanks!

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time for such a thoughtful comment – it is a gift. I am so happy you found something meaningful. For me, the poignancy is so often found in the 30 seconds or single moment here or there… Blessings to you on your path.

  8. Michael

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of your own. Zen and Buddhism in general have been interesting to me for some time, and what little I have tasted and experienced has been both provocative and helpful. I once took a six month course given by a Zen monk on the life of American artist-scientist Walter Russell, and many of the things he taught me have continued to unfurl with time. All the best, Michael

  9. Kara Daly

    Hello, thank you for sharing your work. I have enjoyed your writing so far, especially the calm voice and simple, yet telling descriptions. I look forward to seeing more!

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much, Kara, for the visit and the kind words – it is a gift. I am so happy you found something here worthwhile and wish you well on your path~

  10. charlotteporter9

    Hello from another New Englander. . . I like how clear and concise your poetry is. I am another pilgrim on a path to find mindfulness. I do not follow Zen, per se, but more of a mishmash of different theories that help me to stay focused in this chaotic world. I look forward to reading more of your journey, and learning more about Zen. Peace and gratitude.

    1. bussokuseki Post author

      Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I find that the poetry (and the prose when I can manage) helps me make sense of that chaos as well… Blessings~

      (And thank you, especially, for reading “Zoe & A Boy”…It means so much to me…)

      1. charlotteporter9

        I really liked Zoe & A Boy. I went to the post b/c I had an animal companion named Zoe as well, but it was the story about your son that really touched me. You really captured an issue that resonates with almost anyone, with some very vivid imagery. I love how still and centered you seem as you observe these tender nuances about your child. . .

      2. bussokuseki Post author

        I appreciate that so much – the more I pay attention, the more tender nuances there seem to be… Thank you again for visiting and reading. Blessings~

  11. Linda

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Leibster Blog Award. I wanted to include a blog with a zen theme in my list and I have been enjoying your perspective.

    You can see the nomination and more information about the award on my blog at http://mayandseptember.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/my-first-awards/. I hope it will encourage others to enjoy your blog. Please don’t feel obligated to do the full acceptance process unless its something you would enjoy and would fit with your intention for the blog.


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