dharma monkey

embrace the monkey

So what exactly is the monkey?

monkey03.jpgThe monkey in Dharma Monkey refers to a concept that I’ve heard a few Buddhist monks describe as Monkey Mind. Claire Bushey, a freelancer and former (Delaware) News-Journal reporter, recently attended a meditation retreat in Thailand and described Monkey Mind as when, “consciousness, willful and capricious as a monkey, darts from thought to thought, resisting all attempts at control.”

As I started to write about my own efforts to embrace my Inner Monkey, it occurred to me that the perfect name for my blog, my Web domain and my online identity would be Dharma Monkey. It is a telling name: I try to embrace the Dharma despite the Monkey, hence I must embrace the Monkey.


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