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…

Fierce Gifts

When life presents fearsome obstacles, be your own spiritual ally and turn those obstacles into windows that open to the depths of the heart.  There, cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, radiant joy and the wisdom of discernment, behold the fierce gifts of the Dhamma that defy…

Through the Eye of the Needle

What happens when we sit in a sacred space and we try to 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…

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…

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….