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I didn’t realise the talents and sensibility of Leanard Cohen until his passing. I did know about him ordaining as a Zen Buddhist monk and remaining in robes for five years, I think it was. In this interview he talks about his song writing etc. however what caught my attention was his description of meditation. … Continue reading Leanard Cohen – Video – Meditation ?
I was talking to a woman last evening on the phone. Her health is ‘not what it was’ and she is noticing she is not as quick on her feet. Yet, non the less, she keeps up her meditation practice, has a sangha (community) of like minded people to call on and generally stays buoyant … Continue reading Regrets? – No Permanent Mooring ?
Warpandwoofknitting.com has been out and about. On the Internet this time and publishes what they have found. A brief piece by Franz Kafka which for all you night walkers will ring a bell. And also for those of us who stay indoors, intending to stay put with a book, and then jump up and exit … Continue reading The Sudden Walk ?
And there she is, the lovely Bess up there on the tops in snow on the 10th November. You can see how popular she is if you follow the link text to a Facebook page edited by her ‘person’, an equally wonderful person. (My mother always talked to dogs by saying something like ‘what a … Continue reading Bess Is Best! ?
Embodied Mind – Moving From Support from Mugo on Vimeo. Remembering Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett who died 20 years ago with great gratitude. You need no further teachings than the above in order to show gratitude, and you must show it truly, in the only real way, in your daily life; our daily life should be … Continue reading The Past Supports Action Into The Future – Video ?
SAD. Slowly as the light of the world dims, starting around about now Seasonal Effective Disorder settles in for the long haul towards Spring. That’s April for the fortunate. The leaves fall from the trees in profusion and at first all seems fine. It’s Autumn, the colours are brilliant – red, gold, orange, browns of … Continue reading Mood Slides in Fading Light ?
IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, … Continue reading Don’t Mock The Flock! ?
Down on the edge of the Thames in evening light to visit an exhibition. Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective. Sitting on a step resting my feet saw the neon sign and then the artists write up (bit blurred). Left me pondering. London is abuzz and it’s been a good couple of days. Notable was a visit to … Continue reading In London at Tate Modern ?
You are not to know The story behind this or this or this And I do wonder if that actually matters. The story that is. Four images taken at different times and places and all have much to say. Or rather I’ve, potentially much to say. What they have in common is a path, one … Continue reading Making Manifest – Creativity ?
The following is from a chap who has just had a tumor removed from his brain and is now inevitably contemplating mortality and how he approaches the life he has left to live. The story which seems to make more sense to me than at any time in the past is this one: A man … Continue reading How Sweet The Taste – Living On The Edge ?
The following is a copy of a Facebook ‘post’ sent to me by the author who wanted me to have the opportunity to choose a book. Publishing here because….well, you can imagine why because. An Exercise in Letting Go (Or, ‘Let me give you a book.’) For a long time, I’ve felt like the dozens … Continue reading Letting Happiness In – Letting Go of Books ?
The quote below by Wendell Berry echoes a recent text conversation with a friend. The texts referenced a decision I’d made while on an early visit to Throssel in around 1979. I’d decided I would take the steps to become ordained as a monk. My decision was set in the context of a life which … Continue reading It’s The Impeded Stream That Sings ?
Last night I stayed on a 35 ft narrow boat (that’s NOT a barge), beside a canal, beside up market residential development. Beside train tracks running out of St Pancras mainline station. North London. The outfit, complete with canoe on the roof, owned by Julia a friend is tied up in a marina with its … Continue reading Another Life – Floating in London ?
Who knows what ‘wars’ were going on down in the valley on Sunday, much yelling going on. The Fells just carry on as usual in Autumn – being what they are. Have compassion for everyone you meet You do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone. Lucinda … Continue reading Where Spirit Meets the Bone ?
How like life! To move forward? To tackle the obstacle? To turn back? Largely out of conscious awareness we face the obstacle and move. Or do a little dance freeze wonder and stall in the end we move. These large lambs in the Langdale Valley – wandered off to graze on the abundant green grass … Continue reading Meeting Life ?
#lovethelakes #cumbria #lakedistrict #picturecumbria Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb Amen to that! And my new friend? Blencathera, mountain of all mountains. Last Monday I walked up one (of a number) of the ‘edges’ that lead to the top. Show More Summary
Let not this day end without acknowledging the truely decent, humble, dedicated and above all peaceful gathering of fungus explorers from Kew Gardens who I had the honour to go walk-about with today. Not only was it a window on a whole area of the natural world largely hidden from the naked eye but also … Continue reading Fabulous Fungus Fanciers! ?
The following is taken from an article titled What It’s Like To Die by Jennie Dear In her last couple of weeks, when my mother’s mind seemed to be floating off somewhere else most of the time, she would sometimes lift her arms into the air, plucking at invisible objects with her fingers. Once, I … Continue reading Explaining Death – Religion Meets Science ?
Time to inject some formal Buddhist teaching while I’m out and about appreciating this ‘warm snap’ we are having here in the North West of England. Nothing lasts though! And thank goodness for that! Rev. Master Koten of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory has recorded five talks giving instruction on how to meditate. Show More Summary
Return from Coniston Old Man from Mugo on Vimeo. Walking along a narrow pavement this afternoon, in walking shoes and wearing a small day pack (to carry shopping in), a woman stopped me. Have you got far to go? she inquired. Errrm, about 3 mins to get home I replied, wondering at the question. She … Continue reading Keeping on Walking ?