Right now, some of the richest people in the world are paying a lot of money to some of the most 'intelligent' people in the world, to figure out how to get you to believe things that simply aren't true. Our minds and hearts have been highjacked, it’s time to rescue them!Read More
The whole point of Buddhist teachings is to bring an end to suffering. Or, as Guy Newland puts it, to bring an end to unnecessary suffering. That begs the question 'what suffering is unnecessary?'Read More
If hibernation is a yearly event then incubation needs to be a much more frequent one. I'm imagining a bird fluffing up it's feathers and setting down on it's eggs. But us humans can get in on the act too, not with eggs, but with new ideas.Read More
The essence of empathy seems to be the ability to feel for another, to 'walk a mile in another's shoes'. So is it possible to develop empathy for ourselves? It seems so. Becoming more 'feelable' with haiku writing.Read More
When we see that something is made up of parts we see that those parts come together in a certain pattern. But what happens when we take those same parts and create a new pattern? Dharma art mission 09 is a deconstruction.Read More
This week we are playing with the idea of you and yours, me and mine. What is you? What is yours?Read More
There are many everyday rituals, things we take for granted but that we do regularly with some care and attention. The rituals that form the rhythm of our day, our week, or our year.Read More
How would life be if all the things that we think of as inanimate objects were actually alive?
Dharma art mission 06 is to take an object on an adventure
There are some great life lessons from the world of improvisation, here are two - 'Just show up', and 'Start anywhere'.
Dharma art mission 05 is to kickstart something off your own list
This little dharma art mission is taking its inspiration from Laurie Anderson, and particularly her film, ‘Heart of a Dog’.
Dharma art mission 04 is to record a dream.
As a Buddhist part of my practice is to reflect on death. At times death has been quite close. At other times we can go whole days, even whole weeks without thinking of death.
But we must.
Dharma art mission 03 is to make a 'memento mori'
The Buddha says in the Udana - For one who sees, there is no thing. What can this mean? There is seeing, but no 'thing' that is seen? Dharma art mission 02 is to look at our own looking.
Just noticing that the stories we tell ourselves are stories, and not a concrete reality, has a big effect.
Dharma art mission 01 is to play with the background music to your life.