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  • Ring Them Bells

    On December 31 at midnight, the New Year is welcomed in Japanese Buddhist Temples with 108 bell chimes …

  • Photograph by Keegan Gibbs, “The Alchemist”

    Newfoundland Meditations

    From on top of a hill where a small white house sits, I can see the beach below. The ocean, like life itself, creeps up the coast and falls back, merging with the deep blue…

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    Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

    “Settle down in your room at a moment when you have nothing else to do. Say “I am now with myself,” and just sit with yourself …

  • The Art of Meditation

    There is in all of us, even if deeply buried, a longing for eternal truth …

  • Spiritual Diplomacy

    Here is an illuminating interview with James George, former high commissioner to India and former ambassador to Iran …

  • A Thousand Secrets

    “A thousand secrets are hidden in simply sitting still.” — Karlfried Graf Dürckheim A few weeks ago, my good friend Walt recommended Hara: The Vital Center of Man by the German diplomat, psychotherapist,…

  • The Work of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim

    I re-encountered the remarkable work of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim (October 24, 1896 – December 28, 1988), German diplomat, psychotherapist and Zen-Master recently in the autobiography of Alan Watts: In My Own Way. According to Wikipedia: Dürckheim was…

  • James George

    James George “Who am I? And for What?”

    Before I die, I want to understand what life is, and what or who I am. A few days before her death at the Prieure with Gurdjieff, Katherine Mansfield wrote in her…

  • Jack Kerouac, "Face of the Buddha," Pencil on Paper, 1958?

    Let It Rain

    Gurdjieff once said: “In the river of life suffering is not intentional. In conscious life suffering is intentional and of great value.” Setting all biases aside, I have been delving into the…

  • Georgia O’Keefe, "New York with Moon," 1925

    Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty

    Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist once said: “I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived…