This blog is about one person’s long road, or path (Pali:magga) which may (or may not) bear fruit (Pali:phalla) along the way.

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IMC
Once again we bimbled off for a 10-day break of noble silence and Vipassana mediation courtest of the IMC. Details to follow.

Sleep/Meditate/Eat/Repeat 2019


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Long time no post! Perhaps a short explanation may be cathartic. Buddhism’s attraction to many of us is the Ehi-passiko (inviting one to come and see) attitude of the teachings as opposed to preachy dogma. It is also one path that invites knowledge through experience and ‘knowing things as they […]

(Really) Knowing Anicca अनिच्चा


Tipikaka
Not content with my copies of various Sutta sets and commentaries, I have been delving into occasional other information and this verse (below) on grokking dukkha and its relation to the path and wisdom struck a cord. Reading   § 103. {Iti 4.4; Iti 105} – from Access to insight  This was said […]

Those who grok the truth understood by those who have ...



IMC UK
Under construction Introduction This is a short report of a 10 day Vipassana retreat attended recently. However, before we get onto the content, it’s worth noting that this was almost a comedy of errors. Originally I had hoped to go to Sri Lanka for an intensive 12 day Theravadan meditation […]

Eat, Sleep, Meditate (repeat/retreat)


Garden Meditation
The weather has turned, like all conditioned phenomena, the weather is subject to change (Annica) 🙂 So it is outside we go, under the tree for today’s meditation.   Whilst the wind blew through my hair it came to me that it was not the wind moving but my mind in […]

Al Fresco – Concentration?Stillness?


Fitness Tracker
I have been wearing a fitness tracker for a while now and have noticed that the resting heart rate can lower remarkably during a period of meditation.   This morning I also noted, via the tracker, that an hour of sitting meditation with a combination of physical stillness and lowered pulse rate […]

Fitness trackers and meditation ;-)



So as we end 2017 (or 2561 BE [Buddhist Era] ) it is time to review progress on the path.  Generally, it has been a bumpy ride. Understanding We have grok’d alot.   I use this word (thanks Heinlein) as it is one thing to understand something at the “intellectual” level and […]

Year in Review (and Happy New Year)


So we are talking about friendliness (metta) thus meta-friendliness (see what i did there?). A common saying amongst those that practice seems to be “Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu”  meant as  “May all beings be well (or happy)”.  And usually translated as: Sabbe = all Sattā  = beings Sukhi = happy Hontu = […]

meta-friendliness


Whilst working here in Ottawa I wondered if there were any Theravadans in town and google came up with Ottawa Buddhist Vihara this was a convenient distance from my hotel so after the conference on Friday I walked down to have a look. By first inspection it looked closed however […]

When in Ottawa



Path
  So we have read some Buddhism and clinging is bad, right?  Well, it can give rise to suffering, yeah?   Taking this further, desiring the goal (Nibbana) and seeking peace through clinging to the path, this is wrong too, huh?   It looks, on the surface, as if we […]

Clinging to the path