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  • Photograph by Lynn Friedman, Winter Walk

    At the Dog Park

    I took my parents’ dog, Jake out for a walk in the park this morning. The wind was cold, and the trees were icy and barren. Jake didn’t care how cold it was. Immediately,…

  • Film Still from Ikiru

    Moment to Moment

    Yesterday, as I was walking down Spadina Street here in Toronto to meet someone, something within me started noticing my thoughts.

  • 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…

  • Ernst Haas, “Route 66,” Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1969

    Uneasy Street

    “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” So taught the Gautama Buddha, some 2500 years ago, with his hands delicately poised in front of his heart. …

  • what is

    Writing on my balcony the other night under the moon and shadows, I felt anxious and wanted from the night something the night doesn’t usually bring. I sat there in the cricket…

  • Summer

    Sitting under a deep blue sky where the sun is rising, orange and pulsing, I find myself surrounded by a cloister of evergreens in the silence of seven in the morning. Nearby,…

  • Robert Flynn Johnson collection, 1928

    Settling in the Heart

    Earlier today I came across the following quotation from by Saint Theophan the Recluse, (1815–1894) a monk and ordained saint of the Russian Orthodox Church …

  • A Good Question

    A few days ago while driving around Toronto with a friend, we started a conversation about what books we’ve been reading lately. I remarked that the current theme of Parabola’s Winter issue:…

  • 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,…