Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Hello there!

I’m a 39 years old single non-bald Zen Buddhist, a neophyte with absolutely no formal training whatsoever.  I am a student in everything and a master in absolutely nothing.  Just so we’re clear.

I’m pretty self-sufficient and independent, if you overlook the fact that I never really left home.  You can’t really count college when I lived on campus because as soon as I graduated, I moved back home and stayed.  Home is Baltimore, Maryland.

I’m also a cynic.  Sprinkle that with a good dose of ADHD (self-diagnosed). 

My true role model is my Zen Master, who happens to be my father.  He adores fruit smoothies, apple tart cakes, cruises, and is a firm believer in teaching by example.  He’s also a cantankerous old man who engages in snark-fests with me, his method of teaching me by example. 

He’s absolutely everything that I am striving to become.  Minus the old man part.

Mom – AKA ZEN MUM – is actually Catholic but she can’t recall the last time she’s been to church.  She’s usually the quiet one between the three of us, but you always have to watch out for the quiet ones.

I don’t think that my being a cynic is the way to go.  The end game for a true Zen Buddhist is to achieve “enlightenment,” the ultimate Nirvana – the moment that a person actually goes “oooohhh.”  The AH-HA moment of truth.

It’s safe to say that I’m not even close. 

Zen Master reminds me of the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” 

But really, just for argument’s sake, if I don’t ever reach my AH-HA moment, technically I’m still a neophyte, right? 

Thought so.

This is my personal blog with my own thoughts and quirks, and with absolutely nothing to do with my employer. 

Actually, it’s just a family blog with the usual suspects:  Zen Master, Zen Mum and me. 

Really, it’s about me trying to make sense of it all.

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