your sojourn in silence
the path is a mirror
reflects things as they are
you as you are
now coming here
now going nowhere
to be on the nowhere path
is to be pathless
to be pathless is to be in this world
but not of this world pria de faro, far, algarve #sesshi #zenpeoms #path #silencepriadefaro #far #algarve #retreat #meditation
Sitting through a sesshin is something you need to come and experience for yourself as this is as personal an experience as it gets and no one can tell you beforehand what to expect or not to expect. It's above all about deepening your sense of intimacy with yourself, with the breath that fills your lungs, with the thoughts and emotions that disturb and unsettle you at times, with the walls surrounding you, with those sitting in silence next to you, with the roof that shelter
when things start falling apart, hold on to your seat.
albert camus puts it this way: there is no love of life without despair of life.
but pain, sadness, grief and and despair are at odds with our deep-rooted belief in a life free from them, a life of permanent bliss and happiness.
there is nothing wrong with us wanting this but an honest relationship with life soon makes us understand love and despair, happiness and pain, light and dark are not only inseparable but co
Our one week sesshin, silent zen meditation retreat, in Monchique, Portugal, just ended and in the gallery on this site are some photos of the event to share with you. The use of the word event is a little misleading. An intensive period of meditation practice is more of a non-event than a relatable event of the kind we are used to. Non-event in the sense that what is happening here is you just practising out of the moment. When you come close to and practice out of the momen