What ultimately gratifies, or rather satisfies, and while satisfying confers meaning to this fleeting, often chaotic, and mostly insubstantial existence of ours, methinks, is the thought that we may have helped others to some degree on our way, on this journey of our lives. Or better still, that we may have made of helping others our way. For when and where compassion naturally deepens and takes root, helping others feels no different than helping ourselves as we realize that
We naturally tend to seek the comfort of intimacy and relating with another. But how comfortable are we with being in the space of our own innermost felt experience? Then how could we be genuine with others if we do not know what it is to be still and silent in face of what arises within without ceding to the temptation and immediate impulse to distract ourselves from the sense of rawness it brings?
It is because we know ourselves little, knowing oneself has nothing to do w
one of the more impactful and profound experiences given to us to live is to recollect heart and mind in an intensive period of silent and still sitting. this is a moment when, while attending and caring for whatever unfolds outside, we begin to turn our light inwards, as the buddha encouraged us to do in his last recorded words. to turn our light inwards is another way of speaking of intamacy and homecoming. intimacy means, no one other than you, can take the steps, often st
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