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  • Harriet Hoctor as human question mark, 1920’s

    Two Worlds

    Walking down Cecil Street on my way to work this morning, my mind is scattered like old newspapers in the November wind. […]

  • Charles Pratt, 1965 - Roxbury, Conn. (Leaves)

    Be Kind Towards Oneself

    I think it is the human situation to be prone to distraction or to be self-deprecating when things are not what we expect. It is how we are.

  • Meneer de Braker | Rainy Buddha

    I Heart Meditation (Alive Magazine, June 2009)

    The practice of meditation bestows a myriad of health benefits including increased concentration and a general feeling of well-being. But undoubtedly one of the most important benefits is reduced stress and improved…

  • Ivan Aivazovsky, Between the Waves, 1898

    Beginning Again … and Again…

    It is so difficult to maintain a conscious attention. The incessant activity of everything around me continually steals my attention. How do I find a space inside that can just observe this…

  • Submission

    Sitting here, I come up against something, Perhaps it is a desire to change my state, or for things to be different. I try to bring the question, “Who am I?” It…

  • Kentarana Kamura, Evening Wave, 1927

    Echoes

    The evening was beautiful and the streets were quiet. I walked towards the coast, almost as if I was drifting along, further and further away from myself. The ghostly lights of streetlamps…

  • (Photo: Dead Methods, "Let Go")

    Letting Go

    Lately I have been pondering this question of understanding as opposed to knowledge. Knowledge, to me is the practice of acquiring information, through books or what have you. Understanding, on the other…

  • Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

    The Path of Question

    Who am I? This is the great unanswerable enigma. My mind tries so hard to escape the fact that it cannot truthfully answer this question. I call myself, “Luke,” but this brings…

  • Commit to Sit

    As modern life becomes increasingly more stressful, it seems there is never enough time for all we need to do. So the idea of carving out more time for a commitment to…

  • The wooden statue of Miroku Bosatsu, one of the treasures of Koryu-ji Temple

    Reconciliation

    Reaching an original state of naturalness in meditation, and Clinging to a mere shell of quietude which mind has enforced, Even though the two appear alike, beware of misjudgment. –The Life of…