Rupert Brooke

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,    Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth.  The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,    And sunset, and the colours of the earth.  These had seen movement, and heard music; known    Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;  Felt the quick stir […]

Lama Rod Owens

‘I gave meditation another shot after I began to work with a healer who explained that meditation would be the foundation of self-care that would help me to address not just my anger, but also the debilitating experience of depression that I was also connecting to. So I took practice seriously and took risks in […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘We are part of the universe, right? Even though we as human beings imagine ourselves as separate, we are part of the universe. Our actions, our efforts to understand, actually are the world. They are this universe trying to understand itself.’ (The Mountains and Waters Sutra) One of those statements where you follow the train of […]

Tara Brach

‘Compassion means to be with, feel with, suffer with. Classical Buddhist texts describe compassion as the quivering of the heart, a visceral tenderness in the face of suffering. In the Buddhist tradition, one who has realized the fullness of compassion and lives from compassion is called a bodhisattva. The bodhisattva’s path and teaching is that when we […]

Jenny Odell

‘I want to be clear that I’m not actually encouraging anyone to stop doing things completely. In fact I think that “doing nothing” – in the sense of refusing productivity and stopping to listen – entails an active process of listening that seeks out the effects of racial, environmental, and economic injustice and brings about […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘When just one person engages life with sincere giving and receiving… it has an affect on others. It has an effect whenever someone engages in actions that support others rather than only fulfilling their personal desires. Every time a person bears witness to the unfolding of conditions and events with patient equanimity, puts forth energy […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘Needless to say, dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. But if it is completely incomprehensible, we should not bother to talk about it at all. We have to understand, at least intellectually, why buddha-dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. Otherwise it becomes complete nonsense.’ (Commentary on Bendowa) I should probably stick this on-screen as […]

Mask Gatha

Putting on my mask I think of protecting and caring for my community. Seeing someone wearing their mask I think of how they are caring for me. Smiling at each other with our eyes, Waving hello with our hands. We are even more connected in care Despite the distance. ———-   I saw this online, […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Student L [Katherine Thanas]: Docho Roshi: When does my life express the Dharma and when does it not? SR: When it does not? There is no time when it doesn’t. It always expresses the Dharma. Student L [Katherine Thanas]: But sometimes better than others? SR: Don’t think in that way. Always expressing. You are always […]

This Moment

We have tipped into the second half of the year now, and locally, we had a shift in the weather to go with it: from fog and wind last week, to warm clear skies – and wind – this. Sometimes the wind feels exhausting, especially on a bike, but the sense of movement it signifies […]