Jenny Odell

‘One thing I have learned about attention is that certain forms of it are contagious. When you spend enough time with someone who pays close attention to something (if you were hanging out with me, it would be birds), you inevitably start to pay attention to some of the same things. I’ve also learned that […]

Sitting And Breathing

The rain passed through the city over the weekend, as it did a couple of weekends ago, as the slowdown was starting. That, of course, seems a long time ago. Most days, I feel like I end up spending too much time sitting down. I am sure this was true of my life hitherto, but […]

Fu Hsi

From a single thought arise Deeds wrought by delusion, Sixty-two mistaken views Nine hundred crazy ins and outs But then what ends is endless And what begins is beginningless When you see like this Truth and falsehood are the same I don’t usually comment on the poems I post, but this one does need the […]

Reb Anderson

‘We can learn to welcome everything, including our own failures. When we learn to welcome everything wholeheartedly, we become fearless, and that helps others to become fearless also.’ (Entering The Mind Of Buddha) This is the heart of bodhisattva activity. The transformation that allows us to welcome our own failures and to drop away some […]

What We Lean Towards

This might have become part of a talk I had been planning to give in England, to the Hebden Bridge group, this evening – though I allow myself longer words and fuller sentences in this written version: Memories of London sometimes permeate my thinking, and in those memories, the depths of the city’s past make […]

Kaira Jewel Lingo

‘In those moments when it feels like there’s no way to keep going, that whatever is happening is too much, how do we touch into that sense of space? If we can breathe in and out, putting our mind on our breathing, we create space. We slow things down and let our nervous systems recalibrate […]


‘I should dispel the suffering of others because it is suffering like my own suffering. I should help others too because of their nature as beings, which is like my own being.’ (Shantideva) I had a whole month’s worth of posts lined up to cover the time I was due to be in England. Now I […]

Norman Fischer

‘Each of the six perfections is suffused with the perfection of understanding, which sees the truth of the empty nature of all things. Naturally our discussion of simple ethical conduct would end with mystery and emptiness. Just as there is in reality no giver, no gift, and no recipient, so also there is no hurting, […]

Lama Willa Miller

‘The Buddha emphasized that if there is something that can absolutely be counted on, it is that nothing can be counted on. Life has always been so. But I forget, most every moment of every day. Lulled by the predictability of my days, I believe that tomorrow will be just like today. Today just like […]


Study the way as if boring wood to make fire. Seeing the smoke you should not stop. Immediately the golden star appears. Within this world is the primary destination.   Dogen’s response to Longya.