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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy. Sylvia Plath And tomorrow I’ll be taking in some scenery-air in the sunshine around and above Grassmere. In the mean time – and right now – it’s raining. Credit where credit is … Continue reading The onrush of Scenery-air ?
An overview of the Four Noble Truths from the point of view of a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner, Saido Kennaway, at Telford Buddhist Priory. Buddhist teachings show you a way of practice, to become liberated from greed hate and delusion and in this very moment realise, Bright Buddha Nature. Show More Summary
Today, still staggering about suffering from the heat, still needing to find somebody to look at a seriously non fitting door when good fortune fell in my path. A works van pulled across the pavement in front of me to park. Long story short the lovely chap, Graham, is going to come and look at … Continue reading Close Kind Encounters ?
On mentally stumbling wildly thrashing for words. Frustration! – fear approaching. All seems lost. Break the cognitive impasse. One! – say ONE (or three) That’s a number. Easy. Then on ones heals Look out and name something you can see Chair! Window! Plant. Show More Summary
Yes. Little did I know that what I thought was H2O was H2SO4! No. Not that tragic thankfully. However today I did enter the wrong postcode into a navigation application which had me in N12 and not N17! Late for a meeting, in unfamiliar London, I walked and walked a road, up and back. Up … Continue reading Little Did I Know ?
Well it was heartening to read this piece reflecting one persons recent experience of being on an introductory retreat at Shasta Abbey in Northern California. Here’s the concluding paragraph. One of the great things about completing an introductory retreat is that after you learn the program, you are welcome back any time. Show More Summary
Dear Subscribers, I just added a photograph to my last post just so you know. Some might say 100 is a small number of followers/subscribers after having been going at it for over ten years. And sometimes I think that too. However now thinking about it I tend not to shout so using a regular … Continue reading 100 Subscribers ?
It’s not that my tinitus let’s up, or the cars on the road or the sound of the fridge, thoughts or the sensation of cold feet. Far from it. Just sometimes when the imperative to get going, move on, act, take action gives a way to a simpler moment. A few moments. Time and it’s … Continue reading Thundering Silence ?
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James Quite so. And refraining from ‘doing’ makes a profound difference! I’m thinking of offering Spiritual Merit here. An act, if you could call it that, which simply acknowledges we are not separate beings scattered randomly around the world. That being so how … Continue reading Still? Not Stationary ?
This is an art installation in an Exeter park. Each figure is different, there are 19,240 of them representing a man killed on the first day of the battle. Unbelievably moving. A Thanks to long time reader, Sangha Friend and all together wise person for sending in this photograph. Often one sees these mass memorials, … Continue reading On The First Day of the Somme ?
This sculpture called Water Cut suits the mood of the morning, I find it uplifting and remember well the day I hiked up to see it high above the River Eden in the Mallerstang Valley in Eastern Cumbria. June 30th 2013. The space carved between the two vertical pillars creates the shape of a meandering … Continue reading Dynamic Opposition ?
A Life Reminder for Troubled Times from Mugo on Vimeo. Advice for hill walkers: Watch where you’re putting your feet. Alfred Wainwright. And good advice for everybody else who might be feeling a bit unsteady given the interesting times we are going through in Britain and Europe, and the rest of the world actually. Show More Summary
Stand UP! stand tall walk tall sit tall. Foxgloves Don’t know they Are We humans do! Taken top of Loughrig Fell above Ambleside. These plants are a great inspiration.
I’ve responded to comments this morning, sometimes at length. I do love to hear from readers. Especially good to hear from people I’ve lost touch with as well as those I interact with reasonably frequently too. It has been an especially active ten days doing things with people both with Buddhist friends and family (cousins). … Continue reading Inter Acting ?
Lovely day out on Crosby Beach looking out to sea with 100 iron statues. Just being there. Looking with them brought about an inner calm which couldn’t go unnoticed.
This post escaped from my phone however I am glad it did. Love this image, the rust, the colour and texture of the ‘skin’.
Hold still….oh well, never mind. Mable, swim THIS way… MABLE! Cute enough for now. I guess. On the way up to Loughriff Fell, there is a ‘pond’. Where Mable my walking companion of this week took a long dip. Her name has been invoked very many times over the past days. But the one that … Continue reading You Don’t NEED to do that! ?
A swan on her eggs. Listening. The M6 Motorway but a field away. She is sitting in her place. She is both doing something and not doing something. She is in effect saying yes and no at the same time. My version of listening, of saying yes and no at the same time is to … Continue reading Listening Attention ?
To be a moral human being is to pay, be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention. Susan Sontag (the photograph is there because I love swans not to illustrate the quoted words of the wonderful Susan Sontag.)
I’ve been ‘sitting with’ my adventurous walk of a week ago on and around Grate Gable. Many thought pass through my mind, few stick. But one. The Lakeland Fells are CROWDED with people and while I love to be putting boot to rock there is the aspect of high airy solitude which I value (and … Continue reading Not High Airy Solitude! ?