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The following comes from the pen of Rev. Caitlin who is part of the community at Great Ocean Dharma Refuge in Pembrokeshire Wales. This article was written for the Portobello Buddhist Priory Newsletter and is published with kind permission. Show More Summary
Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. Or pain free. Formal meditation is as this. Rising from the place of sitting still, are we still? Is there a place called ‘home’? Now! Here! In the middle of the busy street beneath our feet. Tender repose. So there is joy even now whispering … Continue reading Ever Still? ?
The last car tail light disappears from view. Guests all gone. Waves and goodbyes all done and said. Walking with twin girls this afternoon. Four years a piece. With their dad we visited Iain. Why did he die? they ask. Where is he now? Will I die? Oh look a squirrel! This week-end has been buzzing … Continue reading Partings ?
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne Hat tip to Willow Tree Counselling for the above quote. There is a wealth of well written articles on this site the most recent one Counselling Ruptures: Crisis or Opportunity? could well be applied to any relationship which has been ‘ruptured’. Wonderful stuff. … Continue reading Perseverance ?
Ten whole days of silence here on Jademountains which has not been matched by ten days of quietude! Defined as a state of peace and quiet. However now and then there are moments, deliberately extended to five or ten minutes, when I pause for reflection. Then a sense of quietude overtakes the imperative to keep moving … Continue reading Like The Sun ?
A moment of insight, a flash of understanding, the clouds part and one sees which way to go. Be that a move in a career, a decision to study a particular subject. Or seeing into the way things are in a most fundamental way, sometimes in a very personal and intimate way. These are Damascene … Continue reading Damascene Moments ?
Some years ago I attended a ceremony at a Christian church. My very dear second cousin was being ‘installed’ as the new incumbent of a parish near Liverpool. It was her first ‘posting’ and I was excited for her. As with the ceremonies during this week in the monastery, when people formal commitment to their … Continue reading Comportment vs. Deportment ?
Whoops! You will have received a ‘work in progress’ post in your email. I published by mistake. The edited and final version will be up on line in a few hours.
The following story of a Catholic nun, who has a huge on-line presence, is interesting in that her motivation for engaging in social media and website development was inspired by her religious vow. An early adopter too with a website developed in the 1990s then going on to produce podcasts and videos in 2004 for … Continue reading Few Bells, No Whistles! ?
This animation video, narrated by Stephen Fry, on the Four Noble Truths is from a BBC Radio 4 site called A History of Ideas. Other animations answer such questions as, What is Justice? and How Can I Know Right from Wrong? In charming fashion. Learning for all ages.
The following was first published March 9, 2012. I’m republishing it now for all those who are arriving at the monastery today to participate in the week-long retreat called Jukai. During the week a number of people will formally make their wish to practice. Simply coming here and joining in everything wholeheartedly is a remarkable … Continue reading The Eternal Gem ?
I have been going through the papers I’ve been carrying around while traveling and came across a couple of things I wrote when I first arrived at the house I stayed in on Cortez Island during the last week of February. It would seem I was pondering on ‘enough’ back then. In lighter and darker … Continue reading It IS Enough! ?
I said in answer to a question about purpose: Could you conceive of the possibility that right now is complete? The above was a question I posed during a Q & A session which missed the mark but made an impression on the person sitting next to the questioner! One just never knows where one’s … Continue reading Now is Complete ?
The kind woman who made it possible for me to stay on Cortes Island left some twigs of Cherry Blossom in a vase. She said, ‘I hope they bloom by the time you leave’. They have as you can see. And the sun shafts in the windows of the house by the beach while I … Continue reading The Cherry Blossom Blooms…. ?
When all the brokenhearted people living in this world agree There will be an answer – Let it be. For though they may be parted There is still a chance that they will see. There will come an answer – Let it be. The Beatles This verse came in an email recently and I am … Continue reading Look Up & Let It Be ?
Duffy Lake, B.C. Land of the silver birch Home of the beaver Where still the mighty moose Wanders at will High on a rocky ledge I’ll build my wigwam Close to the water’s edge Silent and still My heart grows sick for thee Here in the low lands I will return to thee Hills of … Continue reading I Will Return, Once More ?
Flying tonight. Vancouver Canada to London Heathrow. Then onwards to Newcastle and Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey.
This morning on returning to my room after meditation and morning service I thought to myself, Yes, all my brain and body molecules have now arrived in the UK. And appear to be arranged as they should be. What a relief. Traveling internationally can seriously disrupt ones functioning that’s on subtle and not so subtle … Continue reading Bigger Than We Can Think ?
Potential new banner for Jade Mountains. While I could continue on with the banner you see above I'm thinking of using this photograph and text instead. I've used the full original title too, Jade Mountains Buddha Hall. And in case this has been lost sight of Jade Mountains refers to all trainees. Show More Summary
A path above Borrowdale, the Lake District. Over the next few days Jade Mountains will pick up and walk into a new content management system. Comments will be enabled and Jade will be back to normal functioning. _/\_ Hands together folks and fingers crossed _X_ everything goes smoothly.