BeginningsIf you've been to a Buddhist Meditation Centre you will, in all likelihood, have heard a word often mentioned. It is usually mentioned with great reverence, or a serious, even secret look between those in the know. That word is - 'retreat'.Upon hearing this word you may have developed the image of a nun or … Continue reading The Going for Refuge Retreat at Compassion Centre
When I wrote the previous Puja blog I didn't realise there would be a part two, but find I have much more to say about pujas and sadanas. If a puja is a road, a path, a route; the sadana is a map. Where are we going you might ask, and while one puja might … Continue reading Puja Part Two
Training in our in two simple understandings. Practical and beautiful advise for a happy meaningful life
Recently the annual Nyung Na purification and fasting retreat was held at Compassion Centre and for the first time I participated, with much trepidation. Trepidation? All right terror. Fasting? Forget it. Something however made me want to try. Was I mad? A whole weekend? Why punish myself in this way? The two retreat sessions per … Continue reading I survived Nyung Na
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Desires wear us out. We are perpetually on the hunt for something new we want; or something better than what we already have- an upgrade if you will. These desires are often accompanied by a narrative that goes something like this: If I had this person; object; vehicle; holiday, … Continue reading Restless, contentment, rest
Image by kordi_vahle on Pixabay A great technique to make our mind peaceful and strong is to read Venerable Geshe-la's books in an active manner. This means slowing down and reading with a special focus on particular terms, words and phrases, in the text. Since we have recently finished the chapter, ‘The Pre-Eminent Qualities of … Continue reading When did you last enjoy the stillness of your own mind?
I am tired. More than tired. Exhausted. Again. Recently I bought a new mattress in the hopes of improving the quality of my sleep. From a shop called ‘Dreamland,’ my mattress promised not only a good night’s sleep, but excellent support conforming to the contours of my body with memory foam insuring enhanced comfort and … Continue reading Rest and Relaxation