Rest and Repose

As I was giving my dharma talk on the solstice, I started by invoking it, and how the darkest time of the year has acted as a time of reflection and renewal across human cultures. I nearly mentioned one of my students, who had told me that week that he had been stressed right through […]

Lessons Of The Landscape

‘If we go somewhere on foot, we know the way perfectly, whereas if we go by motor car or airplane we are hardly there at all, it becomes merely a dream.’ – Chögyam Trungpa. Last year at this time, my intention to get plenty of exercise in my free time was thwarted, mainly by breaking […]

Of The World

My post yesterday prompted a correspondent to ask, ‘What is going on (actually)? Do you have some verbal answer?’ I suggested in reply that they go and look out of the window. I received in return a description of things seen and things felt: ‘a very “mundane” verbal description of an experience – and yet, […]

San Francisco Days

Today marks twenty years since I first came to San Francisco. On the flight over from New York I had been chatting with the cabin crew, and, in the days before BART ran to the airport, happily accepted the offer of a ride into town on their shuttle. They were all staying in one of […]

Back Into Place

As I settle back into life in San Francisco, I took a look back at some of the recent posts I had written, and was reminded of my somewhat unstable sleep before I left. My return mirrored that in reverse – waking up ridiculously early for the first couple of days, and then moving back […]

Across The Top Of The World

Now I am back in San Francisco, and happy to have returned to bright, warm weather. As at the beginning of the trip, the jet-lag is adding a little sense of dislocation as I move around and encounter things. The flight home was remarkably smooth – the gate was announced early, and we were ushered […]

A Few Reflections

I realised, after I had posted the other day, that I had left out one element of the two different rides I had been on: riding up the mountain was all about effort, and riding along the water was all about no effort. Among my dharma talk drafts, I have one that centres on that […]