Chant, Breathe, Trust

One way animals restore themselves after an attack and regain their inner equilibrium is through the trembling of the body. We too as human beings can create this inner rhythmic movement through chanting and resonating vibrational waves in the body that help to settle,…

Look Within & Wake Up

What are we, and what are we doing on this planet? We easily get lost in the dream of the world. It is a very good time to wake up. Right here in your own heart is the greatest adventure possible. See the danger…

On a Path We Trust

A talk given at a joint Theravada Buddhist Community / Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto retreat in 2016.

Write It On Your Heart

How can we bring forth blessing when the mind is angry? To cross a river, find the bridge across it. If you’re in a house that’s burning, you get out. So if your heart is on fire, cool it with forgiveness. One moment of…

Body-Wise Guided Meditation

As we establish awareness on the breath, notice where the mind is, polishing it until it shines like a bright moon. Use the sublime abidings to spread calming energy throughout the breath and the body. The hindrances fall away. Relieved of our attachments, we…

Joy is Hidden in Sorrow

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK, Death & Dying Retreat. Every moment is an opportunity to transform ourselves by understanding things as they really are and opening to the natural law of life and death. We learn what death is and how to find true peace by following the…

The Poison Arrow

Stokes Valley Monastery Retreat, New Zealand The poison arrow of ignorance spreads its toxins through passion, desire and ill will. By sitting still, applying mindfulness and surrendering to what is, the right view will illuminate our minds and will help us extract the arrow…

I Just Wanted Some Toothpaste

Birth, aging, death, pain, sorrow, lamentation are all dukkha. There is pain and there is the way out of pain. That is the cultivation of the Noble Eightfold Path. By sitting, accepting and letting go, we walk the Middle Way and follow the laws…

How Do I Know I’m Deluded?

Seeing the honest truth of the mind’s delusion can teach us to develop a healthy mind and know true happiness. It is a doorway to freedom, opened through mental cultivation including loving-kindness and compassion for ourselves and all beings. A talk given in New…

Everything is Teaching Me

Set out on a personal journey to turn greed, anger, and delusion into teachers and learn how to establish Right View in your meditation practice. A talk given at the Buddhist Society of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia in 2005.