How to: Retreat (1) – Basics

Retreat is a precious opportunity for deepening our practice and re-connecting with our fundamental sanity. When body, speech, and mind calm down, we can actually realise what we have previously heard and studied. Inspired by Llew’s Places That Harboured Me, this is the first post in a series on the more practical aspects of retreating, based on…

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Video: learn to meditate

“We want to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha,” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in this short video. But what does that really mean? What do we want our mind to get used to? What do we want to teach our mind? and how do we calm our mind? The Sakyong will go into all of…

Dathün Chapter 2

In October I travelled to Karme Choling in Vermont, to spend two weeks meditating on a Half Dathün retreat. It was hard. I wrote like a maniac. Here is the second instalment from my journal.   ‘Where can I nap?’ I ask on arrival. I’ve been awake since 4am, and the light is now dimming. Karme Choling, like a warm…