I have been meditating regularly for quite a few years now. I usually sit Zazen (Zen meditation) for 1 hour most mornings. Dawn is the best time for me. There is something about the stillness and the quality of the light first thing that I find very conducive to quieting down and settling into a … Continue reading Meditation on the road.
Today we went to visit the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion just outside of Bendigo. A stupa is a sacred building symbolising the enlightened mind and the path to enlightenment in Buddhism. This particular stupa is a massive structure with each side if its square base measuring 50 metre and tapers to a crown some … Continue reading Stupa of compassion.
I recently came across this picture in my Instagram feed and I thought it was pretty cool. Just a group of zen practitioners fooling around at the beach. But also pretty good reminder (for me at least) that appearances are only skin deep. That, and perhaps....never take yourself to seriously! As it says in the … Continue reading Beach Zen.
In a couple of weeks I will be going off to sit my butt down on a small round cushion for 7 days of intense meditation. I say intense, because despite the appearance of not much going on other than a room full of people sitting down and staring at the floor, believe me....there is … Continue reading 7 days of meditation.
A short video on painter, Gert Johan Manschot. https://vimeo.com/travisleeratcliff/artofthemoment Dutch painter, Gert Johan Manschot, paints from his hill country studio outside of Austin, Texas. His paintings are born from a period of deep contemplative meditation in front of the canvas. As a lifelong meditator and student of Zen Buddhism, Manschot has interwoven the process of … Continue reading Art of the Moment.
I have just returned from a week long intensive meditation retreat or sesshin at Kodoji Zendo. It was one of the most difficult and rewarding things I have done. Kodoji is comprised of a small group of wooden buildings set in a bush clearing beneath sheer granite escarpments of Yengo National park. Looking down from … Continue reading Back from Sesshin