Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!

The Practice of Mindfulness “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated that that.” Sylvia Boorstein Right Mindfulness is one of the elements of the eight-fold path (the fourth noble truth of Buddhism) and a cornerstone of Buddhist Practice.   The word “Buddha” means “awakened one”, and it implies, that most of us are sleepwalkers, …

The Haiku View

Haiku is a style of poetry, originating in Japan, which is structured on a metrical pattern of 17 units; in English most often seen as a three-line pattern of 5-7-5 syllables.  It generally involves elements of nature, and is, in it’s essence, brief, personal and direct.  The form has been used by poets both East and West, but in particular …

When it Rains. The Power of Positive Practice

“.for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  Matthew 5:45 It’s raining today, it rained yesterday, and, in all likelihood (according to the forecast), it will rain again tomorrow.  One thing is certain:  When the time and conditions are right, the sun will out …

Turn! Turn! Turn!

It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who said that you can’t step into the same river twice, thus pointing his finger at the constantly shifting nature of the world and our place in it. Likewise, the cells in our body are replaced over a period of approximately seven years.  The person you are right now, is not the same person …

The Listening Heart

‘Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Sakyamuni Buddha A few years ago now, I spent some time in hospital, undergoing surgery to remove a large polyp. Fortunately the surgery was a success and the tumour was benign so that the procedure …

Taking Refuge – Coming Home

The first time I wandered away from home I was probably about five years old. I remember walking and walking, drawn by the allure of the new, the strange, the great unknown. I was entirely unconcerned that I might not be able to find my way back home or of the potential dangers of a small boy walking in a …

The Sound of Silence

The other morning during my meditation, I suddenly noticed how quiet things had become. What had, a few moments earlier, been quite noisy, was now suffused with a blanket of silence. It led me to wonder what all the noise had been. And then I realized, in a brief epiphany – for all this was quite immediate and took no …

Awakening to the Truth of Suffering

What a troubled world we live in today. Everywhere we look we see suffering: Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East, Darfur, Sri Lanka, and Haiti – disasters, both natural and man-made abound. But we need not look too far to understand suffering; we need only look inside ourselves. Here, in our own minds and in our own hearts lies the cause …