A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Daily Prompt: Origin Story

Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNINGS.

Origin can be  defined as 1. The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived. So lets take a trip down memory lane. I started the blog as a way of sharing ideas, posing questions, and hopefully solving a problem or two along the journey.

For those of you who have wondered why the Blog is titled A Western Buddhist’s Travels, and yet the site is keiththegreen.wordpress.com, well here’s the answer. If you look at my page, my tag line is “Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment” so there’s the first clue. The blog was initially called Keith The Green’s Blog, as I definitely try to lead a low environmental impact lifestyle. However as I posted I realized that most of my decisions are based not on being green, but on not doing harm to other beings or the environment. Buddhism and environmentalism go hand in hand quite easily in daily life.

For those who haven’t read Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls, my about me page, let’s go back even further into the origin of this blog, before it was even conceived.  I grew up in Western Canada, in a household that mixed East and West. Asian and European, with in the British influenced culture of the 60’s and 70’s when Canada was still a largely homogeneous culture. Multiculturalism was beginning to sprout, the second-growth was just developing. There used to be a joke that to be considered a real town, instead of a village meant you had a Chinese restaurant in your town. Most Canadian cities had a Chinatown, some of which have survived, and others have vanished. Vancouver and Edmonton China-towns were a familiar place to me, growing up.

I was at the first Heritage Days festival in Edmonton 38 years ago this weekend. When the Province of Alberta declared the first Monday in August as a holiday to celebrate our heritage, and for two years a small festival was held at Fort Edmonton Park. Today with over 60 pavilions and over 80 ethnic groups, it draws over 350,000 visitors every year. You have a chance to see performances of singing, dancing, with the traditional clothing from each country. Plus you get to sample delights from every corner of the world. My parents taught me to respect all cultures and religions, while being proud of my heritage. I would always tell people about this great celebration, and encourage anyone to visit at least once. So if you are close enough to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this weekend, make the trip. However I hereby absolve myself of any weight you gain from sampling the delicious delicacies offered. Admission is for the low price, of a voluntary donation to the food bank.

So you might say the origin of the blog started years before the internet, I just had to wait for the medium to catch up, so I could share the wonderful journey life is. So well the blog’s name has changed, and so does the content, the purpose, and goal has remained the same.

Edmonton Heritage Day’s Website 

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One thought on “Daily Prompt: Origin Story

  1. Wish that we were closer, so that we could go to this Festival/Event.
    It would be an awesome experience to be sure.
    Something like living in L.A. for over 30 years~

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