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Ryokan, it is said, returned to his hut late one evening to find a thief there. He took this calmly – it was clear to both of them that there wasn’t anything worth robbing in his hut. Ryokan was troubled because he didn’t want the man to leave empty-handed having walked up the mountain to … Continue reading Cannot Be Given or Stolen ?
I have been sitting with this small piece by Zen Master Ryokan. I love it. It has been a long time since I ventured into his work. However the other day, while passing though the library, a book as good as fell off the shelf. And here I am – sitting with Ryokan again. You … Continue reading No Finger No Moon! ?
Sometimes, most often, thoughts come in crowds. Herds of them. They get our attention but at a distance and they generally disapate if left alone. Sometimes they get closer and particularized. They move in, get closer. Get our attention. Show More Summary
Here is a photograph from the monastery archive. For those who know this place you will see just what an impact the planting of the thousands upon thousands of trees has had on the general landscape. Back in 1976 this is what the land looked like from the road. There wasn’t a lane running up … Continue reading Throssel Hole Priory – As It Was ?
Iain’s bequest: to point us in the right direction, yet you really have to look them out before they’ll invite you in. A perfect posture: not bending over backwards to gratify you – rather bending towards you, to meet you half-way. Even sunlight, brought to its knees, only half-illumines such a purpling of the blues. … Continue reading Take Heed ?
It splattered poured forth disgorged ran out sloped tumbled flowed out scattered about. Spillage, SPILLAGE! It was double cream to be exact. flipped off the kitchen counter landed upside down white liquid flowing under the kitchen unit there to go sour and smell. Did my best mopped and wiped wiped and mopped Sheet after sheet … Continue reading Not Crying Over Spilled Milk ?
Here’s a picture of a bumble bee looks nowt like you and nowt like me only difference is – he is free from ever looking inwardly sniffs the flowers and then is gone, never troubled by right or wrong sun is out and the sky is blue has no thought of me or you More … Continue reading An Untroubled Bee Reflects ?
Just what has happened in the past days? Weeks since I last posted. Daily life has a way of lifting and carrying one along with few resting places to contemplate, save for the formal meditations. Even our internet connection has been, how can I put it….insubstantial. Take your chances where you can and if ‘it’s … Continue reading Insubstantially Yours – Truly ?
Words escape me…! These images, in colour and black and white, were taken by National Geographic Society photographers in the early 20th century, curated by Retronaut and showcased by Mashable,are something to behold. Enjoy, but don’t...Show More Summary
When I wrote my first letter applying for a job I was unschooled and innocent (ignorant). Not only was I applying for a job I wasn’t qualified for (no, I didn’t have a driving licence, no, not (yet) 21 years old and no (save for amateur tinkering about) experience as a photographer). However, I wrote, … Continue reading Keen To Lern! ?
Bit of fun for you. Yoda vs. Buddha Enlightenment means stepping away from the dark side, something on which both masters of Buddhism and the Jedi Order agree. But can you tell the difference between the insight of Yoda and the insight of the Buddha? From the BBC Radio 4 website. The illustrations on-line for … Continue reading Jedi Order (Star Wars) vs. Buddhist Quiz ?
This is a veranda in Finland. Somewhere. The picture taken very recently. By a reader (thank you for sending it). The image is especially attractive to me combining as it does peeling paint, soft colours and plants striving to lengthen out of their pots. My ‘bean stalk’ Ivy, now down to a managable size, had … Continue reading Benign Attention ?
Young creatures grow and expand at an alarming rate. Before you know it they have outgrown their shoes and clothing tugs tight. Hair gets longer – and longer and the first cut is an event to remember. Sometimes with tears and screams. Show More Summary
This little group of glass objects has been collecting on my windowsill over the past weeks. When I sit in my chair for a moment of repose I take the opportunity to run an appreciative eye over them. Now and then glancing out at the sky and clouds. (Or the rain running down the window … Continue reading The Transparent Self ?
We held a special ceremony for Bhaisajyaguru at Throssel this last Sunday. Here is the dedication made by the celebrant, Rev. Master Olwen during the first incense offering. She spoke slowly drawing one into the depths the words point towards. Show More Summary
What IS it about peeling paint? Decay? A moment caught in the flow of time. There is the Wabi-sabi Japanese esthetic which, I’ve discovered, has a basic Buddhist teaching at it’s roots. Namely the Three Signs of Existence: impermanence (anicca), suffering (dukkha), and non-self (anatt?). Show More Summary
I stumbled upon a book in the monastery library the other day, looking for the map I seem to remember. While there I checked the ‘new arrivals’ shelf and I’m so glad I did. It is called The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo with Kosho Uchiyama and Shohaku Okumura commenting on selected sayings and teachings … Continue reading Nothing Worth Worrying About ?
It all makes perfect sense, now! Here is a map of the ‘Well Hope’ walk which I, along with a trusty walking companion, did yesterday. More than three hours walking but we were not rushing. About a month or more ago I attempted this walk alone. Although armed with this map I lost my way, … Continue reading Mistaken Certainty ?
I took off the calendar nailed to the wall to choose a quote. I chose the one on the cover. All good ones however keeping moving is a good reminder. It is all too easy to stay in comfort over long. Even uncomfortable comfort! In other words it is natural enough to remain in the … Continue reading The Koan Arrives Naturally. ?
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