Notes on a Buddhist path

Sight lines

February 8, 2015 By | Leave a Comment

Both gentle and bombastic purveyors of the worldly visited my cushion and walking paths of practice. Welcoming everything, this being enjoined with mindfulness, concentration and wisdom, and they became my three sisters of compassion.

Slip Sliding Away

November 2, 2014 By | 6 Comments

Settling into the retreat, the hours crossed a panorama of arisings and passings that brought with them gifts of sightings and subtle awakenings to how it all could be.

An Extra Ordinary Retreat

April 21, 2014 By | 6 Comments

To be walking in meditation with mindful curiosity and encounter diamonds glittering on a sea of green was a moment of exquisite awe. Those seconds that followed where my mind organized the raindrops perched on leaves and blades of grass shifted the presence and separated me from the connection with all that had just arisen.

I think I am…

December 8, 2013 By | 12 Comments

It isn’t that I think therefore I am. A more apt summation of our human condition is I think I am, therefore I think I have form and sensations, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness, in sum the Five Aggregates of Buddhism.

Practice, practice, practice

June 2, 2013 By | 9 Comments

I’ve been finding that my meditation practice of late has been wanting, a lot. Wanting more focus, more effort, more stick-to-itiveness, more walk of the talk.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Nibbana…

April 14, 2013 By | 4 Comments

Fun. I don’t know if I was more puzzled by the word or the way I reacted to it, much like a ball hitting your chest and not knowing quite how to catch it.

The Joy of Sick

March 17, 2013 By | 14 Comments

“A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out…” ~ Deena Metzger Late last Wednesday evening, I rolled my wee suitcase and my tired body up and down the glistening wet sidewalks of my city’s streets, making my way home. I had just finished a 10-hour van-bus-ferry-bus ride from Birken Forest […]

To nun or not to nun…

March 3, 2013 By | 10 Comments

This week I’ll be heading off for another meditation retreat. I can’t wait to get to know again this human being rather than a human doing.

Leonard Cohen, I’ve got to be goin’…

January 20, 2013 By | 2 Comments

It was an old tape, a looping pattern of longing, whispering not so softly in my ear that I needed to experience Leonard Cohen in person before one of us died.

The unbelievable lightness of being

March 25, 2012 By | 12 Comments

For months I had been in a state of dis-ease with my Buddhist practice, wondering where my beliefs fit into my life and what I held as dear.

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