Notes on a Buddhist path

Fear less

November 21, 2020 By | 2 Comments

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.   Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.   ~ Madame Marie Curie Each afternoon a COVID news update from the New York Times arrives in my … [Read more]


July 18, 2020 By | 2 Comments

Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank.But those who act according to the perfectly taught Dhamma will cross the realm of Death, so difficult to cross.~ Dhammapada, V. … [Read more]

The Abyss

January 18, 2020 By | 4 Comments

Come to the edge.We might fall.Come to the edge.It’s too high!COME TO THE EDGE!And they came,and he pushed,and they flew.         ~~Christopher Logue It's been nearly five years now since I left the world. I still … [Read more]

Night and Day

August 7, 2019 By | 9 Comments

And I will show you something different from eitherYour shadow at morning striding behind youOr your shadow at evening rising to meet you;I will show you fear in a handful of … [Read more]

Something good

November 17, 2015 By | 15 Comments


Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise one, gathering it little by little, fills oneself with good. ~ Dhammapada 9.122 "I must have done something good." ~ … [Read more]

Divine Disenchantment

May 10, 2015 By | 7 Comments

Forest of Light

"Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong." ~ David Whyte When Dorothy peered behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz her world fell apart. All that she hoped for, all her dreams, all her plans dissolved in the sudden … [Read more]

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]

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