Visiting Chan (Zen) Monk to give teaching in Guelph

Venerable You Min, a monk of the Linji School of Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism will be visiting Guelph soon and has accepted our invitation to lead a meditation and give a teaching on mindfulness. The event will be Sunday, June 2 from 7-9pm at Sukha Yoga Centre, 42...

Willing to be

I am the one who is willing to grow. Fresh, bright, blooming. From mud, from shit, from seed, then sprout. From sunshine and rain, cooling wind. From garden bed. From a beginningless past, a universe of conditions. Bumping and exploding through space and time. I tell...

Escaping thoughts prison: ramblings from a dream interpretation

A buddhist teacher once told me, while describing samsara, that the most diabolical prison would be one in which the inmates were completely unaware they were in prison. Then not even the thought to escape would cross the prisoners’ minds. Whether the prisoner...

Making bacon pancakes

Whatever you do, do not click through and listen to this. You will never get it out of your head. Someone has actually looped this jingle into a 10-hour video on youtube. But I have the common decency to not spread that link around. For those of you already down this...

Quiet and low down joy

Grief came to live in my body the year my mom died. It has never left. Sometimes it is quiet and low down, like a tide that has gone out. Other times it flows in and fills me up. Grief is big. Like an ocean. It is wet. Heavy and soaking wet. It soaks my fiery heart....

Row, row, row your boat

Years ago, more than ten now, when I started getting into buddhist teachings, I recall listening to an hour-long discourse given by a monk on his interpretation of the spiritual meaning to be found in the children’s song: Row, row, row your boat Gently down the...
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