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  • The Narrow Road to the Interior (Basho 1644 – 1694)

    The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is…

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    Sensation

    I see how I am continually in a state of reaction to everything around me. There is a shock that comes from outside that agitates the emotions and then a whole chain…

  • Resistance

    What do we mean by, “Work on one self?” What does it mean, “To Work,” and how do we understand that? What is it that resists these efforts in my practice? I…

  • Towards the Within

    We must surely acknowledge that in reality we do not know ourselves. What is more, the mistaken belief that we do know ourselves is the very obstacle which prevents us (since we…

  • Gie Blandin, "Aube dur le Lac"

    Through a Glass Darkly

    We begin meditation by sitting quietly while maintaining an awareness of our posture from the inside; we try to have a sense of the whole of ourselves sitting here now. We can…

  • Autumn Walk

    Openings

    I arrive early in the evening to the place where I will spend a week in retreat. I feel stiff and uncomfortable not knowing what to expect or where the next six…

  • (Photo: Thanksgiving Chapel Interior from Wikiquote)

    Connectedness

    When we are able to observe that we are not connected to our lives, it is an extraordinary reminder to try to come to ourselves; to find ourselves. We can practice this…

  • The Science Behind Meditation

    Beep!…Beep!…Beep!… The alarm goes off, and my mind automatically kicks in with its incessant ritual chatter: I start to imagine yet another demanding day of work, the thoughts churning up those two…

  • Ansel Adams, Cloud, Sierra Nevada, 1936

    Approaching Meditation

    People who meditate have long known that this practice is beneficial for maintaining health and calmness of mind. Research confirms that meditation lowers blood pressure, enhances the immune system, promotes a deeper…