We tend to think of time as some objective container, these minutes, hours and days that our experience somehow exists in. But doesn’t take much reflecting to realise that time is something very personal, subjective, almost something we are ‘doing’.Read More
This month’s dharma arts round-up includes: Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet, Ikebana, ‘The Revenge of Analogue’ and Patti Smith.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
Next time you feel yourself sucked into some feeling of fear or aversion, just take a look and see what else is going on. No need to turn away from the fear, it can have it's place but in the much bigger landscape of feelings and sensations.Read More
A couple of weeks ago I'd spent the day working, except I’d spent rather a lot of it walking, from one café to another. I was starting to feel that this wasn’t so efficient when I realised that the walking was the working, those were the most ‘productive’ parts of the day.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
There are a lot of emotions that arise in the face of suffering. Despair, anxiety, sadness and so on. But with compassion the mind takes the vision of freedom from affliction as it’s object, creating a positive even joyful state.Read More
I notice that in terms of distraction FB is the ‘gateway drug’, it’s pretty innocent, just to have a quick look. But then you are down the rabbit hole of internet prapanca!Read More
Our smart phones have a lot in common with the pull lever slot machine, even the action, ‘pull to refresh’, mirrors that of the gambling machines. Irresistible.
Mm so how could I replace this kind of treat, a break, that is also a bit of a gamble? Where I get something amazing or, I get nothing much.
What's the adult equivalent of 'playing out'? I've been trying to find out. I’m on Cal Newport’s digital detox for the whole of January.
Here's how it's going, so far.Read More
I am temporarily giving up facebook and all social media, online news and using the internet as 'entertainment'. I don't want to give these up forever, but I want to be free of the compulsion.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
Empathy can be a healing emotion, it consoles us at times of grief or difficulty. Kisa Gotami and Käthe Kollwitz are both consoled by knowing that they are not alone in the loss of their children, not alone in their suffering.Read More
If compassion is about being truly helpful, about relieving suffering, maybe we can say that empathy is an essential support to compassion, because it gives us the information we need to be of help, it gives us an insight into the other person.
We can put ourselves into their shoes.Read More
If compassion is central to dharma practice and empathy is a prerequisite for compassion, then we can train in empathy, and what more enjoyable way of doing that than engaging with art and culture?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