Noble Subtrefuge – Four Royal Efforts

How can we trick the mind out of its old habits?  The Buddha emphasized the power of the four Right Efforts. These royal allies advance the mind to its highest potential, the supreme wisdom possible for a human being. We are here to work…

Mantra of Compassion

Fear is the absence of love. Our inner purification is a movement away from fear to the embodiment of pure love – even to love the dying moment. We grow in stillness and peace as if sailing an ocean of joy, in the peace…

The Unequivocal Law of Kamma

Responding to questions about social change during COVID pandemic protests: seeing that we are the owners of our actions, subject to the law of kamma, we can embody the Buddha’s teachings by respecting all beings with compassion, nonviolence and our foundation in virtue, and…

Bowing on Two Knees: COVID Compassion and Nonviolence

We long to change for the good, to grow in the ways of wisdom, to sit at the feet of the Buddha. But how? The world is on fire with the flames of greed, hatred and delusion. In this COVID year, we see moral…

On the Altar of this Moment

A guided meditation into the heart of our struggles and fears where, on the altar of our tears, the jewels of the Dhamma are revealed radiant within us. Breath by breath, wisely seeing through and courageously defying all obstacles to our freedom, we embark…

When Fear Dies

In the Sallekha Sutta, MN 8, the Buddha teaches us how not to imitate the faults of others, how to be fearless in the good, and how to vanquish unwholesome mental habits. We start where we are and trust the path, learning to live…

Feast of Patience

Can we not give vent to the wanting mind, not blame conditions nor allow discontentment to grow? Develop patience and persevere on the path. Know things as they are and accept them. Patience is the highest austerity. So change gears, and move away from…

Virtue Goes Full Circle

Virtue creates a force in the heart, a field of goodness, from generosity to joy to enlightenment. Bring each moment back to awareness. Once there is joy in the heart, the mind finds ease to go to its depths. Be your own doctor, self-examine,…

I Sit Here In Blessing

How can we care for ourselves and each other, using our formal meditation practice as a template for daily living? As we sit for meditation, mark an intuitive pathway through painful, burdensome mind states, teaching the mind to purify itself with every breath. Gradually,…

Spirtiual Athlete

Every Canadian knows Terry Fox, a teenage athlete who lost his leg to cancer, continued to train as a runner and ran across Canada with one leg before he succumbed to his illness. His mission was to raise money for cancer research so others…