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Stillness in Kyoto

The ultimate zen aspiration is stillness. This appeals to me. When I am still, I see things as they are. When I am churned, everything is confused. In such a state, how is it possible to take the right action? … Continue reading

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Quiet As A Still Pond

A few days ago, I wrote about How To Calm Down when we feel agitated. It’s a tough task, to say the least. At the moment of aggravation, giving in to the hot flush of self-righteous indignation is so tempting. And … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing

“See things as they are, and all your suffering will end.” So says the Buddha. This same message is given by Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, and the Bhagavad Gita. My favourite American Zen Buddhist nun, Charlotte Joko-Beck, says it too. I … Continue reading

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The moment between

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, there is a moment between an action and its reaction. A small moment, but a distinct, pristine, unique moment nonetheless. Like a pause. The pause after an inhaled breath and before its exhalation. Nothing … Continue reading

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Do nothing

Do nothing: the two most pleasing words on some days. On a regular basis, I love giving myself the permission to not act, to not react, to not do. I give myself space, lots and lots of empty space. There … Continue reading

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The struggle with mindfulness

Hold the experience, I’m told. Stay with it, be in it. I take my agitation in a fierce gaze, in a bid to stare it down. Don’t react. I squeeze my eyes shut tightly. If I don’t see it, I … Continue reading

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Stream of consciousness

The other day, I wrote about how only amateurs wait for inspiration to write. The real writers write, no matter what. But what if I can’t think of what to write? My mind is blank right now even as I’ve … Continue reading

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