Who am I?

I remember when I first started practicing, I was the most upright practicioner. I’d prefer to die from exploding rather than fart in a meditation hall. I read an interview with Pema Chodron who spoke of being a really horrible meditator and it really helped to take the pressure off (literally). It helped me realize that I don’t have to put on a front as some kind of SuperBuddhist. I can relax. Be human. Work with situations.


I was born in the 70’s and remember as a wee one owning a red wooden Buddha that I received as a freebie from a visit to the Palace Grill Chinese food restaurant. I mainly used to chew on it and it left a pink splotch on my face. From this experience, I can certainly attest that the first contact with the Buddha can be quite memorable and will leave a mark.

In university, I developed an increased taste for Buddhism and began to read up all I could on Buddhism of all flavours. After a period of going it on my own and reading everything I could get my hands on, this little solitary practitioner began to study first with Shambhala International and subsequently with Nalandabodhi.

I’m a longtime blogger, tweeter and devourer of Buddhist podcasts who is tremendously interested in the intersection of the triple jewels with the online world. I’m really seeking to maintain balance in spending time online and on the cushion but I do find it difficult to resist the Mara-like temptation of my Mac.

5 Responses
  1. Brian permalink
    March 19, 2011

    So how many are there of us typing away in Montreal ? I am not opposed to your idea -maybe a FB page will let you know how many there are and might be easy to schedule that way. What do you think ?

  2. Tanya McGinnity permalink*
    March 20, 2011

    That’s a pretty good idea re: a FB page.

    There might be an effort by another local to bring the various sangha-folk together but this could certainly be something I’d be up for collaborating on.

    Leave me a comment with your direct email address (I’ll leave it unpublished) and we can chat about how to set this up if you are interested in working on this kind of thing.

  3. Brian permalink
    March 23, 2011

    Send it to : BD108 at – – – – -live.ca

  4. February 12, 2012

    Hi Tanya,

    Please get in touch with me. Nice blog, and I like “full contact enlightenment” as a description of true, dedicated practice.

    Yours always in the dharma,
    Andrew JiYu Weiss.

  5. May 25, 2012

    I enjoyed your blog on Canadian Buddhism and thought you might enjoy my unashamedly Canadian blog and associated Youtube channel. I have also published a book of Buddhist poems (also Canadian, as am I).

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