sloppy buddhist

nearly me


~ sloppy ~

1. Marked by a lack of neatness or order; untidy: a sloppy room

2. Marked by a lack of care or precision; slipshod: sloppy use of language.

3. Informal – over sentimental; gushy.

4. 解釋(adj.) sakaddama.

~ buddhist ~

1. one who follows the teachings of Buddha and the Buddhist precepts

The precepts are a condensed form of Buddhist ethical practice.  The first five precepts are mandatory for every Buddhist, although the fifth precept is often not observed, because it bans the consumption of alcohol.  Precepts six to ten are laid out for those in preparation for monastic life and for devoted lay people unattached to families.

….this means undertaking and observing each precept by abstaining from…

1.         …harming living beings…

2.         …taking things not freely given…

3.         …sexual misconduct…

4.         …false speech…

5.         …intoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness…

6.         …taking untimely meals…

7.         …dancing, singing, music and watching grotesque mime…

8.         …use of garlands, perfumes and personal adornment…

9.         …use of high seats…

10.      …accepting gold or silver…*

so…while i’m good on the first 4, i don’t often observe the 5th, and i’m really sloppy on the rest.

~ sloppybuddhist  ~

1. becoming…

2. someone who somewhat observes some of the buddhist precepts some of the time…

3. yet to be somewhat defined…

* (adapted from The Word of the Buddha, Niyamatolika, The Buddhist Publication Society, 1971, p xii)

~ hedy bach

~ first post 11.06.01

~ updated 12.01.12

~ update 12.03.27

~ update 13.08.29

~ update 14.12.06 (still practicing)

~ update 19.03.01 (practicing still)

  1. My definituon of a “sloppybuddhist is .. “a person like Hedy Bach” 🙂


  2. very nice pics on your blog!!!!

  3. Check the black birds already circling round the church…

  4. 1. yet to be defined…..wip

  5. thanks kindly words…excuse my slow my response…and yes always ‘becoming’…always learning along the way.

  6. 7 and 8 I have great difficulty with; so like Quaker/Shaker/Amish-y rules. I really have my doubts Buddha would have made such rules. 9 I don’t understand and 10, well, only if you are a Buddhist monk! I like that the pic includes a church !! and you with streaming white hair, very witch-like, which is a compliment.

  7. i agree i doubt Buddha wrote such things or said these things…it’s all fiction…the messiness of becoming…i also giggle about the streaming white hair, very witch-like…i have a story about that…thanks for your comments.

  8. My Taoist tai chi instructor once told me that long ago in Taoism, there were only three precepts. He then paraphrased and I’m doing the same, but they amount to this:
    1) Respect the earth
    2) Respect yourself
    3) Try to help others

    I like this a lot, because it’s simple, and because — for me, anyway — each precept contains within it a cluster of other good guidelines.

    • and as a sloppy buddhist i just want to stay awake…perhaps, see through appearances.

      i love what you have written here…has a common sense feel…thanks kindly for reading and commenting Penny 🙂

    • Don’t you just love the simplicity in Taoism.

      • simplicity is wonderful…Mike and Lori ~ compose a beautiful day…i work stay away from ‘ists’ ‘isms’ and following but of course as a sloppy i have had a lot of fun with all the words the Buddhas have to say and write…i am drawn to the works of Lao-tzu 😀 on my book shelf…thanks so much for stopping by ~ smiles hedy 😀

  9. Hello dear one, I really enjoy your blog and am happily giving you the Versatile Blogger Award. As always, it’s all in fun and only if you would enjoy participating. More info on my post. Warm Hugs, Gina

  10. nice of you to correct Buddha by adding 2 more percepts… anyway Atisha will teach you that all is an illusion.
    be sloppy and happy. nice blog

  11. Thanks for dropping by the Chateau and my studio. Lots of great ideas here to explore. Suppose it is only natural for the sloppy buddhist to like my sloppy art. Best wishes, Robert

  12. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  13. hey, you have a wonderful blog here!! great work friend!

  14. thanks kindly…i appreciate your likes and follows since being “freshly pressed”…it’s humbling…and makes me smile….thank you all!

  15. I must be the sloppiest Buddhist then – 1-4 pretty much, 5-8, especially 7, why on earth…? 9 – incomprehensible and funny! 10 – just plain impractical in today’s world. That must be why they are for monks but it just seems a bit sad!

    • 😀 welcome sloppiest Buddhist…love it…i knew i wasn’t alone…your reflective comment makes me smile…i knew i was a sloppy buddhist when i decided to have a dying pet put to sleep…among others rules i break or bend…being a Buddhist was all over for me 😉 compose a good thursday!

  16. I too am a sloppy buddhist. ~ Dennis

  17. Thanks for liking a post on Your blog looks really interesting so am following 🙂

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it.
    Here I come to find out I might also be a ‘sloppy buddhist’, I know I’m pretty sloppy about a lot of things, a lot of the time. 😉
    If I was going to have to pick a religion to follow, maybe it would be buddhist.
    Nice to meet others. 🙂

    • although i struggle with definitions/labels/boxes…and so i added sloppy…but i’m not sure i see Buddhism as a religion…i’m adding this here because your comment made me think about what i pick and don’t pick…:-D thanks for dropping by and making comments so nice…appreciate it a lot Jill 😀

      Buddhism is an Education, Not a Religion (lifted from

        According to the Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of religion is as follows, “An organized system of beliefs, rites, and celebrations centered on a supernatural being power; belief pursued with devotion.” Buddhism is not a religion because: First, the Buddha is not a ‘supernatural being power’. The Buddha is simply a person who has reached Complete Understanding of the reality of life and the universe. Life refers to ourselves, and universe refers to our living environment. The Buddha taught that all beings possess the same ability within to reach Complete Understanding of themselves and their environment, and free themselves from all sufferings to attain utmost happiness. All beings can become Buddhas, and all beings and the Buddha are equal by nature. The Buddha is not a God, but a teacher, who teaches us the way to restore Wisdom and Understanding by conquering the greed, hatred, and ignorance which blind us at the present moment. The word ‘Buddha’ is a Sanskrit word, when translated it means, “Wisdom, Awareness/Understanding”. We call the founder of Buddhism Shakyamuni ‘Buddha’ because He has attained Complete Understanding and Wisdom of life and the universe. Buddhism is His education to us, it is His teaching which shines the way to Buddhahood.

        Second, Buddhism is not a religion because ‘belief’ in the Buddha’s teachings is not blind belief, blind faith, and far from superstition. Shakyamuni Buddha taught us not to blindly believe what he tells us, he wants us to try the teachings and prove them for ourselves. The Buddha wants us to know, not merely believe. The Buddha’s teachings flow from his own experience of the way to understand the true face of life and the univ`rse, and show us a path of our own to taste the truth for ourselves. This is much like a good friend telling us of his trip to Europe, the sights he has seen, and the way to go there and see for ourselves. The Buddha uses a perfectly scientific way of showing us reality in its true form.

        Third, Buddhism is not a religion because all the ‘rites and celebrations’ are not centered on a supernatural being, but rather the people attending the assemblies. The ceremonies and celebrations in Buddhism all serve an educational purpose, a reminder of the Buddha’s teachings and encouragement to all students who practice it. For example, the Thousand Buddhas Repentance Ceremony practiced during Chinese New Year is to help the participants cultivate a humble heart and respect for others. The point of all ‘ceremonies’ is to help others awaken from delusion and return to Wisdom and Understanding.

        Finally, Buddhism is not a religion because the ‘devotion’ used in Buddhism is not one based on emotion, but one based on reason. Students of the Buddha are devoted to their practice of maintaining Purity of Mind because this practice brings true happiness. We are devoted to help others and the Society attain Complete Understanding and Wisdom. Only through Complete Understanding and Wisdom can we realize our true selves and living environment. The Buddha’s education is truly not a religion but an education, teaching us the way to break through ignorance and arrive at a perfect understanding of ourselves and everything around us.

        Our goal is True Happiness.

  19. Hi there. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

  20. Hello Sloppy buddist, thank you for visiting my blog via Richard’s blog hop and for deciding to follow it. 🙂

  21. Greatest comes from trying… 🙂

  22. I am pleased to inform that I have nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’. The details can be found here:
    Looking forward to your response 🙂

  23. Raised a “serious” Catholic, I was forever changed by an introduction to Buddhism in a comparative religion class. Interesting that I never thought of Buddhism as a religion, more of a lifestyle, a philosophy; definitely not organized, with no object of worship.

    Glad you visited my site. Love finding yours. Your photos are amazingly beautiful. I also appreciate the “sloppiness”. Perfect.


    • thanks Van! 😀 i think some would say…that Buddhism is neither a religion in the sense in which that word is commonly understood, for it is not “a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being.” Buddhism does not demand blind faith from its adherents…i just look for words that apparently some Buddha thinkers/philosophers/teachers have said or say…who knows 😀 it’s just a starting point to ponder…thanks for your comment and visiting my blog…compose a happy day…ps. nice to find your work too 😀 smiles hedy

  24. Great. I like it

  25. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  26. Thanks for the like on my Male Cardinal and Black Squirrel.

  27. You run a great blog
    Congratulations to the author

  28. Your photography is exquisite. I think I will learn from just looking at your work. Thank you. And your poems are not too shabby either.

    • Well thank you kindly Alison ☺️ all the photography work is mine 😃 the words of of music so when you hit the highlighted word/s a song ought to play ☺️ thanks for stopping by…such nice words for me to wake up too! Compose a happy day ~ hedy

  29. Diese Hedy
    because I really appreciate your posts and they mean a lot of inspiration to me, I would like to nominate you for the INFINITY DREAM AWARD.

    Cheers, Markus

  30. Hi Hedy- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I love your blog!

  31. I’m certainly glad you found me so that I would find you. Your blog, photography and words, are wonderful, and I’ll certainly enjoy them.

  32. Ahhhhhh what a combination: verses from the Buddha and your own musings along with photography… This is amazing! I love the concept and the execution.

  33. You have a truly inspiring blog Hedy and your photographs wonderful and thought provoking! A joy to follow and read your posts.

  34. From one sloppy buddhist to another… continue to walk lightly, speak softly, but let your voice be heard, so that we who are also still stuck in the mud can help each other understand the many ways we remain stuck in the mud.

    Lovely blog presence you have here. =)

    • Thanks kindly Patrick ☺ and yes one ought to surface don’t want to stay submerged too long…I also remember the day I got my car stuck in the mud and 2 farmers pulled me out…I appreciate what you’ve written here Patrick thank you! Compose a beautiful day ~ smiles Hedy

      • You are most welcome, Hedy. Thank you for the gift of inspiration. =) And for reminding me of the time most of the men living on a Native American reserve pulled my truck and 35′ RV out of the mud!

        <smile> So many moments and people to be grateful for.

  35. Faintly disturbed by the connotations of the word sloppy. Boy do I need to up my practice!
    Kindness – Robert.

  36. Just wanted to let you know that I not only enjoy your posts, but that they are quite often helpful in terms of my mood and outlook. I’m starting to travel through your archives. Thank you for for what you do!

    My other blogs love you as well 🙂

    • Her different way 😀 i appreciate you saying…you know that i have intentionally focused on beauty for my sloppy blog…i embrace all my emotions and feelings these days and i know my feeling have feelings too…i blog for me but of course i’m please and delighted that others enjoy my posts…thank you kindly..i also appreciate your words and images…sending you a handful of joy! 😀 <3

  37. Very good path, sloppiness. It provides a freedom of sincere movement. As they say, “No mud, no lotus.”

  38. Hello Hedy – I was surprised to see under #7 that dance,singing & music are to be avoided & abstained from. That almost seems unnatural for a soul. Being “sloppy” does have it’s advantages I bet.

  39. Perhaps you are more practical and of the real world. Sloppy sounds fun and perhaps the most important precepts are the first ones!

    • dear Georgina yes and thank you for saying sloppy is much more fun and much more me too 😀 appreciate your comments ~ compose a beautiful day ~ smiles to Spain from very cold Edmonton (etown) Alberta ~ hedy 😀

      • I have meditated from an early age but do not have a calling for the monastic! And here in Spain, a bit cold too but nothing like yours! There will be another fiesta here soon too!

        • it’s taken me years to still my mind…i find mediation difficult at best…but of course i have learned ways to calm and center myself with guidance and music…i also can do a mindful walking mediation…and i know how good i feel with stillness…and yes here too we will dance and have fun too…i love Spain i have relatives in Sitges’ and Barcelona…i would love to see more and visit more…who knows… 😀 sending you joy!

          • Stillness is good, essential! Hope you do visit one day it is a fascinating place and full of passion and politics. A lot of spiritual seeking too as modern Spanish people search for different ways but have a deep connection I think to their religious traditions if not always the church. We are in the South West of Spain, not far from Portugal.

          • ahhhh all politics everywhere…yes i love to travel…happy new year Georgina! 😀 sending joy ~

  40. Hedy, I just saw this comments part of your page. I love your idea of “sloppy buddhism”. I think that may be a fitting description of my own well-intentioned efforts that fall short more often than I’d like. Thanks for the inspiration and be good. Best, Brett

  41. Stuck on #7, cataloguing through all the past instances of my engaging in mime & weighing their grotesqueness quotient.

    • …I think about “watching” mime…I don’t watch it much…I always thought it was grotesque…acting out a story through body motions…without the use of speech…I think about mimmers…and my mime as well 🤓☺️following/living literally to ancient texts and or the words of others is necessarily troubling for me…I am sloppy and I suck at counting…thank you for your thoughtful words 🤓 many smiles hedy ☺️✌️

  42. The comments on the feather post were closed, so I’m commenting here . . . actually, suggesting: you should check the legality of picking up feathers you find.

    You could find yourself liable for a large fine. Do a search on picking up feathers and also the 2018 Migratory Bird Act (or treaty).

  43. Nobody is perfect! 🙂 And whilst I am at it, – let me congratulate you with reaching my
    ‘Yellow Team’ (Over time: More than 100 responses!) Thank you!
    I outh to have addressed you directly, but being without your mail address this was not possible!

    • ☺️thanks kindly Seenorway ~ I’ll need to check “yellow team” and what that means ~ sending joy over the pond hedy ☺️💫

      • It means tht you over time has left me with no less than 100 responses (likes and comments) for which I thank you. Thise that have given me access to a mail address will from tim to time receive a link to a video from Norway produced by professional staff with helicopters and such whenever I find something that I think would be of interest, but – not to often! Perhaps something like once a year . . .
        Of course, it may turn out to be issued in Norwegian language only, but it will give you a much larger insight in Norwegian nature at its best. I don’t have the time nor capacity to send it to all, thus only the best of my regular visitors (Yellow Team-members)

  44. Yeah, I can relate to that…. 😏

  45. ‘3. …sexual misconduct…’

    me too…a big no no.

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