Holding the Lotus to the Rock

Sariputta said (SN 21.1): “There is nothing in the world with whose change there would arise in me sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair.” It is hard to remember the Buddha’s teachings when the mind is beset with fear and anxiety. But we can…

Noble Friendship, Noble Warming

As we come to understand the wisdom of this Path, death becomes the least frightening thing in this world. The more we purify from within, the more we abide with a clarity of mind that bestows the ultimate seeing, our cosmic ordination, our unburdening…

In the Stream of the Noble Ones

Think of yourself as a spiritual warrior. What is the danger at hand?  What is our true protection? Where is safety? Be ever aware. Stay close to the Dhamma and you will inevitably grow close to the Buddha. Uphold virtue foremost through wholesome friendships….

Even as a Mother

How can we love everything the same? How can we come to a place of pure love within us so that whatever energy is arising in the heart, we can receive it, and we can accept it fully. We don’t have to run away…

Standing for the Dhamma: Reflections & Guided Meditation

Standing up in pure presence is one of the four great postures. In this simple act of being present, know one mind-moment at a time, repeatedly. Grateful for one breath, one posture, one point, we gain balance and poise. We allow our suffering to…

When Truth Speaks – Limbless Man On the Bridge

When delusion, impatience and lack of trust prevail in our spiritual work, we rape our own goodness and execute ourselves over and over again. This suffering, clearly known, helps us to see how we cling and how we let go. When clinging again, let…

Rising Up Like A Swan, Reflections & Guided Meditation

Reviewing our effort to practise, recalibrate and make adjustments as needed. Make peace with what arises – neither controlling nor being passive; like a parent – compassionate, mindful, discerning. Whatever hindrance is most predominant, make it skillful, waking up if we’re asleep, or settling…

On the Look Out, Dhamma Talk

Venerable Punna was one of the great bhikkhus of the Buddha’s time, known especially for his fierce faith, practice skill, and his fearlessness.  When the Buddha hears that Punna plans to wander on foot in a remote and dangerous frontier region, he questions Punna…

Don’t Own the Second Arrow, Dhamma Talk

How do we deal with life when it bites us? Without trust in the Path, there is no way we can fulfill it. Practise seeing what works and what doesn’t, what binds us and what frees us. Seeing pain as our teacher, we can…

Noble Virtues, Reflections & Chant of the Ten Pāramῑ

We are Dhamma gardeners putting in the right ingredients to develop ten perfections. These noble qualities are essential to enhance the practice of growing in wholeness, unconditional love and balance. Reflecting on how they support each other and work together, we fill the beautiful…