Notes on a Buddhist path

Sight lines

February 8, 2015 By | Leave a Comment

Birken in Winter

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu As this month unfolds with the wet flannel greys of lengthening winter light and spring's early proclamations bursting from carpets of crocus buds and the trembling blossoms of … [Read more]

The Owl

December 14, 2014 By | 4 Comments

Watching over us

"Off with their heads!" ~ The Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland There was an owl that was a constant sight on my daily walks of the summer. I would spot him sitting still and silent, mornings and afternoons, in the same spot atop a blue and … [Read more]

Slip Sliding Away

November 2, 2014 By | 6 Comments


"You know the nearer your destination the more you're slip slidin' away." ~ Paul Simon Perhaps one of the greatest gifts of a meditation retreat is the abandonment of decisions. There's no need to choose where to sleep, when to get up, what to … [Read more]


September 1, 2014 By | 8 Comments


The starlings rise and glint, skimming against the pale blue parchment sky, murmurs of living kites dipping and sliding on strings of invisible awareness breaching the abiding sea. They bank to the right and then left, winged … [Read more]

The World is Burning

July 27, 2014 By | 11 Comments

Mideast Israel Palestinians

"Monks, all is burning.... Burning with what? Burning with the fire of greed, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of delusion...." ~ The Buddha Sitting again with my teacher, Ajahn Sona, was a cool breeze of ease in the heat of these summer … [Read more]

A New Citizen

June 1, 2014 By | 13 Comments

A New Citizen

"The untold want by life and land ne'er granted, Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find." ~ Walt Whitman Seven days ago I became a Canadian citizen. Many people have called me brave for crossing a border and choosing to live in a land to … [Read more]

An Extra Ordinary Retreat

April 21, 2014 By | 6 Comments


“I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me, That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea... There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute, except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence … [Read more]

The Sizzle

March 30, 2014 By | 2 Comments

Hamburgers sizzling on my stove

"Don't sell the steak. Sell the sizzle." ~ Elmer Wheeler I must admit, I have a crush on this world. With its smiling dogs and breaching buds of flowers that have dreamt all winter long of this day. Wrapping myself along the edge of the ocean for a … [Read more]

The Agony of Defeat

February 23, 2014 By | 5 Comments

Defeated soccer player on shoal

Victory leads to hatred,for the defeated suffer.The peaceful live happily,beyond victory and defeat. Dhammapada, v. 201 A few hours ago, Canada won their third gold medal in the last four Olympics in men's hockey. To some this may be a blip on a … [Read more]

No body

February 16, 2014 By | 8 Comments


"I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me." ~ Herman Hesse Two years ago, I posted an article here about what it was like for me to see myself in photographs and on canvas, nude, … [Read more]

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