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Saying Good-bye To My Father

My wife, Ysabel, and I walked through the wet night, past the shopping mall, toward Chelsey Park Retirement Home, where my father Dennis was living out his last days.  The weather, unusually mild for January in Canada, was a perfect reflection of how I was feeling inside: dark, misty, and sad.   I knew, as  Read more

February 12, 2017 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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The Harrowing of Hell – Book Excerpt

I was in a state of turmoil.  Here I was was back in London, my childhood home, living with my parents, out of work and out of my beloved Zen practice, separated from my teacher, Dr. Kim, with whom I had invested so much of the past 2 years of my life, and I was  Read more

December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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What The Old Lady Said – Book Excerpt

Though I knew the Old Lady from Calgary had said something very important to Dr. Kim about me, having spent 10 minutes discussing what she had learned from her ‘reading’ of my energy, I had no idea what it was about.  Dr. Kim simply responded with lots of nodding and u-hums, but beyond this, I  Read more

December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Reverse Psychology Reversed – Book Excerpt

Though I had been reading Thomas Merton’s books on Zen Buddhism and Carmelite spirituality, and had found them intriguing, I still had not seen the irony in reading books about Catholic mysticism to strengthen my resolve to shave my head and go to a Zen monastery as a monk.  And though Dr. Kim had read  Read more

December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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God Shows Himself – Book Excerpt

The chapel was bathed in a soothing yellow light, the monks, and a few of the local farmers from the Valley, were waiting quietly for morning Mass to begin.  In the near silence, one could hear pages turning, and the sound of books being shuffled here and there in the choir stalls, and monks clearing  Read more

December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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The Old Lady From Calgary – Book Excerpt

The early fall evening was warm and the lower forests of the Bow Valley still yellow, as I drove the winding road up to Dr. Kim’s house for meditation class on Cougar Creek Crescent in Canmore.  I was still excited about meditation class at Dr. Kim’s, despite the fact that it was painful to sit  Read more

December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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To Know the Interior Presence

Lord Jesus, when we offer up to you our broken hearts, you yourself come to console us in our sorrow.  It is by your very real presence in us, in our hearts, and in our souls, that we find you and the love that heals us.  This is why a life of interior prayer is  Read more

April 10, 2016 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Zen Martial Arts Lesson One, Book Excerpt

I was really excited to go to my first martial arts lesson at the Canadian Rockies Zen Centre.   I walked in the door and met 5 other men between the ages of 24 and 50.   We all were given white martial arts uniforms and white belts to go with them.  Sifu Dr. Kim,  Read more

January 23, 2015 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Jumping Off A Cliff, Book Excerpt

Having signed up for my classes, I committed to 3 nights per week of Zen practice: martial arts Tuesdays and Thursdays and meditation classes on Wednesdays nights, 7:30 sharp.  Just $60 a month for spiritual enlightenment- and, I would get in shape and learn how to beat people up too (or at least defend myself  Read more

January 8, 2015 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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A Most Unexpected Visitor, Book Excerpt

Author’s note: this is a true story.  It happened to me over the July 1st long weekend, 1985.  I have been reluctant to publish it, thinking it was too ‘out there’, but it did in fact happen. “We’re sending you to New York – Newark, New Jersey. Your group leaves from Toronto at 8:00p.m., Friday  Read more

December 18, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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