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Video: On consciousness.

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi I don’t know much about Peter Russell. I have not read any of his books but his bio states that he is an author who initially studied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University (UK), before changing his […]

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On having no head.

In a couple of weeks, I will be attending another 7-day Zen meditation retreat (this will be my 4th).Why the heck do you want to spend 7 days sitting silently on your butt I hear you ask? Well, for one reason, it gives me the opportunity to investigate the illusory nature of my self. To […]

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Two handed practice.

The following excerpt is from the blog popupzendo.org. It looks at a simple practice of using two hands to embody mindfulness in day to day activities and encounters. “……. there are always opportunities to practice intentional embodiment in the midst of everyday activity that we still haven’t mastered. Two handed practice can be included as a […]

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Zazen, is that like a Zen thing?

I’m going to talk about my zen practice for a bit. Most mornings the birds call me to it.The dawn chorus of magpie and crow call. There are other songs I can’t identify by instrument but know with deep familiarity their place in the orchestration nevertheless.First light, everything just beginning to stir. The world waking […]

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Spring Sesshin 2019.

So I have just returned from spring sesshin with Black Mountain Zen Group. Traditionally, an individuals experiences during sesshin are not discussed in public (although I have written about my first sesshin in detail here). Its a private time so I won’t say too much about the whole thing. Except perhaps to say… that its […]

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Off-grid​ for next 7 days.

I am just about to head off to sesshin for the next week and will be totally off-grid for the duration. This will be my third consecutive year of attending a sesshin retreat.I will, as they say, see you on the other side….. “To preserve the silence within–amid all the noise. To remain open and […]

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Rakusu Pt 1: The Hadron Collider

I have absolutely no idea when it comes to sewing. Re-attaching a button is usually a frustrating excursion into mangled, tangled knot-craft, and repairing anything more complex than that is immediate white flag defeat. Usually there is blood on the white flag from multiple finger pricks. Despite all this, I will soon be attempting to […]

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Meaning

That human beings are the only species (so far as we know) that can know it is a manifestation of the entire cosmos opens up a possibility that may need to be embraced if we are to survive the crises that now confront us. We can choose to work for the well-being of the whole, […]

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Black Dragon Seat

Chapter 1. Standing up was tricky, but I steadied myself. It felt like someone else’s prosthetic leg had been left propped up under my hip, but otherwise I was good. Along with the others in the group I did a small bow from the hip. A gentle turn to the left. It’s going to be […]