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One year old today

I took lay ordination into the Order of Interbeing as True Embracing Oak (Chân Sồi Bao Dung) on 28th August 2015 – a year ago today. This is my…

Present moment – it may be just what we think it is.

I enjoyed this video from Veritasium it complements a blog post I wrote back in 2010 – The present moment does not exist  – which does a similar thing but…

Secular mindfulness needs a rethink

I’ve been reading Christian literature again. This is an odd experience. Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis and now Abbot Christopher Jamison have been working to make me a better…

Hedonic Treadmill: Are there just Happy People and Sad People?

In searching around for a subject to talk on at FameLab Scotland in January I stumbled across the fact that I had possibly been misusing a very basic…

The role of the artists

I came to see that the human imagination is not paramount in the creative process: that what is paramount is “The Creation” and He who created it and…

Freedom of Choice

We are constrained by the choices we have made but the most constraining choice is choosing not to choose.

Sister Coa Nghiem

I’m just back from a week at Plum Village. I’d hoped to do some portraiture but didn’t really have time. Retreats are busy places what with all the…

Buddha – a life of and for peace

I gave a talk to the Uniting for Peace Inter-Faith group meeting at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh. I made a recording so I can improve on it…

Unsung Hero

Can’t believe I haven’t embedded this before:

Josephine: May 2015

Final day of the Wiston retreat.  

Jerry: May 2015

Just having received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings.

Roland: May 2015

Is this Roland? Looking out the door at the end of the Wiston Retreat.

Mia

I’m amazed I pulled this image out of the series I took of Mia as she was larking about – like usual. Always making people smile. The shot…

Faith to get point shoes

I’m doing some clearing out and came across this shot of Faith from a few years ago which triggered more gratitude for eyes and light and children. She’s…

Jane at the end of the Wester Caputh Retreat

I grabbed this shot of Jane (who is one of my fellow Interbeing aspirants) at the end of our Wester Caputh retreat last week. This is with the…

Feather Frost

I can’t remember whether I have seen it before or not but I was walking in the woods by the river Tay when I came across Feather Frost…

Brother Steve

My brother Steve came up to visit in October and we had a nice time together for which I’m really grateful. He’d lost weight and was generally feeling…

View from the bathroom window

Something to be grateful for first thing in the morning.

Gratitude Blog?

It is a navel gazing time of year but this year I feel more reflective than usual. I’ll be 50 in less that two months so perhaps it…

Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism

The Order of Interbeing ( Tiếp Hiện (接现) Order) was founded in the mid 1960’s, in Vietnam, by Thich Nhat Hanh (a.k.a. Thay). The basis of the Order are…

The Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Non-Attachement to Views

This is the Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are…

Vietnam: The Lotus in the Sea of Fire ~ Cover

Vietnam: The Lotus in the Sea of Fire

I just read “Vietnam: The Lotus in the Sea of Fire”. This small book was written at the height of the Vietnam war by my Zen Buddhist teacher Thich…

Mindfulness: The Ultimage Not-Quite-Getting-It Example?

I just came across an ad for a Introduction for Mindfulness on Eventbrite and I wanted to capture it here. I guess that it will disappear off Eventbrite…

Implicit vs Explicit Ethics in Mindfulness Teaching

A few weeks back I wrote the blog post Is Secular Mindfulness Shoehorning in the “Other” Seven? in which I bemoaned the fact that secular mindfulness courses included…

Is Secular Mindfulness Shoehorning in the “Other” Seven?

I went to a set of evening lectures at the University of Edinburgh last week called “Mindfulness for Depression: Theory and Practice”. It was a really good evening…

Walking Home: What I do when I do a Mindfulness Walk

Life can feel as if it is made up of a series of episodes; as if we are living from moment to moment. This is an illusion. There…

World View -> Right View -> Compassion

We construct the notions that we name as things (e.g. this computer, this desk, me, you, the cat) as a way of dealing with reality. It is not…

1st Mindfulness Training: Openness

This is the First of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to…

Buddha Dharma in Pharrell Williams “Happy”

I am fortunate to have teenage daughters who occasionally point out incredibly positive contemporary music videos. I think the last one was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  “Thrift Shop”…

Richard Gere’s Buddhism BBC Everyman Documentary

I really enjoyed watching this documentary from back in 2003. Some really insightful comments but maybe slightly over simplified the historical perspective on Tibet. What a shame the…