inspirational imagery and words
where you can hear
upon the mirror
of fading echoes
light is on our path
when it darkens even
when it darkens even
light is your path
The night encloses brightness, and at dawn, no light shines.
from Hokkyo Zan Mai , ancient Zen poem
Ed è il pensiero della morte che, in fine, aiuta a vivere.
In the end, it is the thought of death that helps us to live.
when our sense of impermanence deepens, we begin to appreciate the inseparability of life and death.
we do not know
what else to offer
this enduring thirst
other than a heart
that in silence dwells
the journey begins
where the journey ends
Through meditation we at times receive this formidable and unlike any other mind-blowing revelation: silence is the answer we have always been looking for!
sometimes we just need to open a door without asking what is behind it. opening a door much like stepping into the unknown.
9th house, ubud. sesshin, november 2017.
the cowl does not make the monk
l'habit ne fait pas le moine
the wind of mujo, impermanence, always blows at our flame. time is precious. we have only now to awaken and only now to awaken to.
or, what works to awaken us is now.
for now is just our awakened moment.
a temple in katmandu.
9th house, bentuyung, in the hilltops of ubdu, bali, surrounded by paddies, a nurturing place of retreat where over six years we sat through different retreats.
As you sit in silence you may have a glimpse; as clouds do not hinder the sky, thoughts do not hinder the mind. Vast as the sky, the mind's vastness.
genuine practice is traceless
the three marks of existence
theme of inquiry of our november 2017 sesshin, in ubud
all existences are subject to dukka, a deep sense of unsatisfactoriness.
nothing in this world can withstand change
' flowers fall even though we love them, weeds grow even though we dislike them.' master dogen
there is no abiding sense of self
master dogen says:
to study the way is to study the self. then he adds; to study the self is to forget the self.
you begin to forget yourself to the extent that you realize that the way and the self are the same thing, that is the whole point of study
beginners sesshin, in the hills of ubud, bali, october 2012
only a buddha knows a buddha
karuna centre meditation hall, monchique, portugal
winter sesshin, melbourne, 2016