Invite the Miraculous

In the face of horrific suffering, how can we abide in the ground of love, protected from every kind of pain? True path effort – inspired courage leaning on virtue – ardently works its way into the heart. Through the power of forgiveness, patient…

Barefoot and Empty-Handed

Developing awakened wisdom is an organic process, the unbinding of all problems that leads to indestructible peace and harmlessness. We undertake and persevere through training the mind so that we can renounce our attachments and stop the interior whirling of the world. No longer…

By Love Alone

Patience, humility, and compassion serve as the mind’s compass to enlightened wisdom and unconditional love. Breath by breath, we triumph over hateful feelings until the pain of others becomes unbearable to us. It’s an exalted work of heroic proportions, accomplished through undaunted perseverance, forgiveness,…

Why Do Beings Live In Hate?

Has there ever been a time when the world was not filled with fear and violence? Millenia ago just as now, humans have been bound in a cycle of delusion, fear, and harm. The way out is within us – learning to find the…

Niagara Falls

How can we sharpen awareness of thoughts that gush forth in the mind like Niagara Falls? Observe them gently, not clinging and with diligent focus. Our present moment awareness and unstoppable attention, when sustained inwardly, have the transformative power of a Niagara to cleanse…

In the Domain of No Fear

The Buddha himself touched the Truth with his own mind. And so can we. It’s a purifying, intimate process – internal, invisible and crossing many intersections. At each one, we patiently examine the state of the heart, discerning what is harmful and what is…

Redemption

How can we be free of anger? To cross a river, walk over it. From a burning house, escape. So too, when your heart is on fire, stay present, forgiving and compassionate. Balance and cleanse the mind to stop it from spinning with fear,…

Courage, Kindness, and Freedom – Ancient Verses of Arahant Rohini

In the world of Arahant Rohini, the same forces of violence, greed, and delusion we face now were at play. She encourages us to sustain faith in the Dhamma, using its special weapons to counter the erosion of peace and to liberate the mind…

Stay Tuned – Radiant Mind Untainted By Ego

We hear in the Udana, Verses of Uplift, about the Venerable Meghiya’s wish to practise in the beautiful Mango Grove before his mind was mature enough. Even when we are on retreat and conditions for practice seem perfect, hindrances plague the mind and overcome…

Across the River of Pain

We long to be free from this wandering, to go beyond all suffering. The body is our raft to cross from one side of this river of pain to the other. And there we leave the raft. But we don’t leave it until we…