Prologue: The Hadron Collider Kelly’s mum came to stay with us for a couple of days and I immediately put her to work helping me sew my Rakusu. We began with a few printed pages of confusing and somewhat incomplete instructions, a few shaky YouTube instructional videos, sewing threads, needles and $12.70 worth of materials. Oh, and the wooden ring given to me by my … Continue reading Rakusu Pt 2: Art from chaos.
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 quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the … Continue reading Off-grid for next 7 days.
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 sew a Rakusu. I’ll explain what this is in just … Continue reading Rakusu Pt 1: The Hadron Collider
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 OK. I felt it rather than thought it. But on … Continue reading Black Dragon Seat
I have noticed lately how each of my days have become inextricably opened and closed by the passage of the sun. Always a morning person I guess, apart from a couple of years spent vigorously exploring a more nocturnal emphasis to my day that (strange as it may seem) coincided pretty much exactly with moving out of home and into a nurses quarters. This newfound … Continue reading learning what to make of it
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 deep stillness. There are many different types of meditation and … 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 50 metres high. It is roughly 2 years away from … 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 heart sutra: form is emptiness emptiness is form. Instagram post … 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 a lot of stuff going on. Zen Buddhism these retreats … Continue reading 7 days of meditation.