Month: March 2013

The Off-spring of Spring

The Off-spring of Spring Nurtured by nature In the wild I dwell A contented heart But no one to tell The heir of the air I float on the clouds Such freedom such bliss No hustle no crowds The son of the sun Ablaze…

Forgive them Father

Forgive them Father Clicca qui per l’Italiano “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. These are the words that Jesus Christ is believed to have cried out approximately 2,000 years ago during his crucifixion at Golgotha. We were recently reminded of…

Buddhist teachings: A brief introduction

Buddhism originated approximately 2,600 years ago and is based on the teachings of Siddartha Gautama who is said to have been born in Lumbini (near the Nepalese/Indian border). At approximately 29 years of age, Prince Siddartha is believed to have left behind worldly and…

Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Teaching Mindfulness to Children Clicca qui per Italiano Along with a friend and colleague of ours – Professor Mark Griffiths – we recently published an article in the journal of Education and Health about the health benefits of mindfulness for children and adolescents. In…

Hearken to the Dharma

Hearken to the Dharma All you great teachers and meditators, Who mistake self-grasping and pride for the two accumulations, In whom true renunciation and devotion never arise, You, pleasure seekers, hearken to the Dharma that keeps death in mind. Proudly claiming to be great…

Life is a Precious Happening

Life is a very rare and precious happening. On this earth there are seven billion human beings and countless other sentient beings. The life that each being is living is happening uniquely and genuinely only to them. No life is the same. The blackbird…

Simply Being with Nothing to Be

Nowhere to go, nothing to do No reputation to build, none to defend No possessions to amass, none to protect This is fearlessness born of Apranihita Simply here, simply now Simply birth, simply death Simply content, simply aware Simply abiding, simply being No space,…

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air Clicca qui per l’Italiano Are you breathing? Are you alive? Are you being? These may seem like strange questions but read them again and look at what they are asking. Are you truly aware that you are breathing and…

Authentic Spiritual Lineage

Authentic Spiritual Lineage If a person has genuine spiritual realization, they are authorized to transmit the spiritual teachings. All titles, held-lineages, endorsements, acclamations, life accomplishments, life mistakes, and years spent in training are irrelevant. If a person is without genuine spiritual realization, they have…

Carry your Meditation Cushion with You

Carry your Meditation Cushion with You When you blow out your candles and stand up from your meditation cushion – that’s when your meditation practice starts. As meditators, we should try not to create a separation between formal meditation sessions and everyday living. In…

The Binds of Ignorance

The Binds of Ignorance The Buddhas who realize the illusory nature of all phenomena, Have limitless compassion for even an insect. Yet the ignorant beings believing all things to be ‘real’, Slaughter, maim, and harm without a care in the world. How Amazing! The…

A Buddha has Entered the World

A Buddha has Entered the World Endowed with the Dharmakaya that is the ground of all existence, The Sambogakaya that is pure and splendid to behold, And the Nirmanakaya that serves the needs of all beings, You are known by some as the simple…

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