Through the Eye of the Needle

What happens when we sit in a sacred space and can empty and purify ourselves? We are able to taste only sacredness, to experience another level of being that is vast and without boundaries, to be in awe of the wondrous quality of the…

Barefoot and Empty-Handed

Advice about how the cultivation of morality or ethics (sīla) leads to the development of concentration (samādhi), and the realization of wisdom or understanding (paññā). By following this path, you can purify your body, speech, and mind and experience a great healing and spiritual…

Niagara Falls

How can we become more aware of a thought arising? It seems like an underlying reservoir of thoughts is waiting to bubble up and flow just like Niagara Falls. By gently observing but not clinging to these thoughts, we can learn to train our…

Fierce Gifts

How do we overcome obstacles on the path? An obstacle can, in fact, provide a doorway into the opening of the heart. You can learn to be a spiritual ally to yourself and to others by cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. A talk given during a…

Ice Melts

We can know freedom from suffering when the light of dhamma (or truth) arises. This illumination will melt the impurities formed by unwholesome mind states. Oh, what a freedom! A talk given during a 10 day Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat at the Sisters of St….