Perfectly Rapt

It’s December again in Penang. The malls are manic with shoppers thronging to eateries, shows, and sales of every conceivable electronic gadget. Strolling in air-conditioned euphoria under mammoth snowflakes that hang precariously from on high, you can catch sight of Santa Claus sailing a…

The Dhamma of Snow

The Dhamma of Snow describes a winter snow melt episode and the enthralling insight into how melting delusions give way to Truth.

Inner Disarmament

A talk about overcoming fear as a way to true peace; on the occasion of the 10th Global Conference on Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health, June, 2017, Toronto Museum of Science.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Is your mind full of the present moment at all times? We can learn to integrate our practice with our everyday lives as awareness develops when we are both on and off the meditation cushion. With diligence, we can realize a mind that is…

Turning to Dust: Death Contemplations

The nine-cemetery contemplations presented in the Satipatthana Sutta work with elemental perspectives on the parts of the body by simulating their condition after death. The clarity of mind realized in these special practices sheds light on how valuable death contemplations are for a wholesome…

Truth and Reconciliation

The first step towards Truth is taking responsibility for our own actions, intentions, and their consequences. Distractions are not a support but only numb us to what is difficult to face or remember. Truth will always emerge, despite all attempts to bury it. Bring…

Love Wisdom More Than Life

Find out what brings peace. To lead the mind to peace, we must learn about all that makes it unquiet. We must learn how to prevent those things from arising and how to deal with them if they do. Love the Buddha. Love wisdom…

Entering the Gate: Four Spiritual Powers

Though our spiritual paths are many and varied, we can all practice with enough present moment awareness, faith, energy and commitment to realize the boundless nature of the heart that seemed at first beyond our reach. Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) Retreat, Chapin Mill,…

When the Tree Withers & the Leaves Fall

We can feel torn apart by life and unable to cope. Repair can be a long process but through meditation we learn how to hold things safely.  If we can contemplate the ill winds of life in a way that allow us to understand…