What Was On The Left….

As Fr. John and I began to work together, I would meet with him in his office inside the monastic enclosure. Not many people were privileged to go inside the enclosure, so I felt rather proud of myself to walk through the door that had a sign on it that said, “Monastic Enclosure. Monks Only.”  Read more

January 10, 2018 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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Crossing a Threshold, Book Excerpt

There was nothing in the air, nothing on my mind or in my heart that morning, that gave me even the slightest impression my life was about to change forever. It was a mid-spring day, May 14th, 1987, and, not having to work until the afternoon, I went for a walk to Main Street, Canmore,  Read more

December 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Who Are You?”

In my Zen days in Canmore, Alberta, my teacher Sifu Dr. Kim would look at me sternly, crunching his eyebrows, and say, “Do Chun (my Zen name), you have a big ox.  You must find your ox!”   And I would look back at him earnestly and with all seriousness, nodding my head in the  Read more

August 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Road Lesson #3, You Will Meet Angels

Meeting someone even once can change your life.  Here’s a story about one such encounter with a man who changed the way I saw myself – all in 30 minutes. I was cycling the first leg of a 250km trip from Jasper, Alberta to Canmore, Alberta, through the most stunning scenery in the world, the  Read more

January 3, 2013 in Blog Post, Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Ken Bovey Part 3, Medjugorje

June 13th, 2011 was the 20th anniversary of the death of a friend of mine, Ken Bovey.   Ken died at the age of 32 from scleroderma, a rare auto-immune disease.  This is the story of the last 10 months of Ken’s life.  It is a story of how one man prepared for his own death.  Read more

July 16, 2011 in Blog Post, Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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