FAB ad

This FAB advert appeared on one of the billboards on my street. The faces are amazing and dreadful – transfixed by the lollies they hold, and when I first saw it I was horrified. I was horrified because in an instant it appeared to me as a gross symbol of the worst qualities of our…

Vlog: Shenpa

This is the very first in my series of vlogs. In these videos I am painfully honest about my experience. I put my sh*t on the table and link it the big ol’ d-word. Dharma that is. I am hoping that my humanness can be of benefit. 

pema chodron

Inspiration Friday: happiness

The happiness we seek is our birthright. To discover it we need to be more gentle with ourselves, more compassionate toward ourselves and our universe. The happiness we seek cannot be found through grasping, trying to hold on to things. It cannot be found through getting serious and uptight about wanting things to go in…

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Inspiration Friday: bodhichitta

If we see others in trouble, although we cannot immediately take their suffering upon ourselves, we should make the wish to be able to relieve them from their misfortunes. Prayers like this will bear fruit eventually. Again, if others have very strong afflictive emotions, we should think, ‘May all their emotions be concentrated in me.’…

Wet radishes, free things still happen

“At some point today, standing or sitting, cover or have your ears covered with your or their fingers. Set timer for 3 minutes. Press quite hard. CLOSE EYES. Listening. Listening. Release. Listening. Listening…” This was the final – Monday’s email – instruction of the weekend. By a pretty concatenation of circumstance I took part in…

Inspiration Friday: generosity

“The point is not to want to benefit anyone or make them happy. There is no audience involved, no ‘me’ and ‘them.’ It is a matter of an open gift, complete generosity without the relative notions of giving and receiving. That is the basic openness of compassion: opening without demand. Simply be what you are,…