Meditation

Ignorance or Melting the iceberg of dissociation

The last and final and most powerful agenda of all is not-seeing.

Greed and "self-snugness"

The second great agenda is Greed.

This is the one I had most problems identifying. I could sheepishly get in contact with my inner Nazi, even if it felt grisly to do so, but I could never quite see myself as a greedy, acquisitive person.

Aggression, your inner Genghis Khan

This is the first of a set of three blog posts on the three great agendas that we secretly (or not so secretly) commit to when we let the Ego run things. The first of the three agendas is… Aggression

un-inventing the ego contraption

While we up on Holy Island this month, the retreatants and I were discussing the ludicrous tangles our thinking minds get into.

"You cannot be at your own funeral"

Speaking personally, the 'ego' and everything to do with it was a real turn-off for me previous to this Summer. There was something about the concept about the way it was bandied around by Buddhists that made my mind curdle.

22nd September 2017 - 6.30pm

One of the lovely things about being a teacher for a while is that ex-students pop up in unusual places.

A Buddhist Geek bares it all...

I was listening to my podcasts on the way home from a weekend in Devon. Daniel and I are both avid podcast consumers and I have a bunch downloaded for long car journeys like that.

My reflections on art at Gayles

This was the second of our Mindsprings summer retreats exploring the overlap of marking-marking and meditating.

Isobel, my friend and co-facilitator, makes it very clear that there is a distinction between making marks and making Art.

Why write about experience?

These are the
Silence Islands
where what outsiders
would consider
almost imperceptible
aural amusements
land like coconuts
on the crystalline
hammers and anvils
of the native inhabitants
Theirs is a refinement

Marriage and the Vajrayana...

It feels like the start of term. After our unseasonably early Summer and hot spells, the year seems to have been teased into running a month ahead of itself.