“To see is to love”

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“To see with the eyes in not to see. To see with the mind is not to see. The only way we truly see things is to love them. What we don’t love, we don’t see.”

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“Surrender also means acknowledging the raw, rugged, clumsy, and shocking qualities of one’s ego, acknowledging them and surrendering them as well. Generally, we find it very difficult to give out and surrender our raw and rugged qualities of ego. Although we may hate ourselves, at the same time we find our self-hatred a kind of […]

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On freezing time and the light on Seaford Head


Another sunny Spring day fades away in Newhaven. And I see it: I am happy when the sun is shining and there is daylight but I get edgy when it dims. When I’m in Brazil, I always find it unbearable that the sun drops like a rock at six o’clock every day. No twilight, no […]

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Urizen & le Train-Train


I spend most of yesterday having cups of tea and meals with different people, talking about the desire to break free of the humdrum patterns of life and the hypnotic compulsion of ‘to-do’ lists. How to unwind the daily grind – what the French concisely call “le train-train”. It’s only three weeks since I came […]

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Kay Ryan #1

Imagine a train-track figure made of sliver over sliver of between-car vision, each slice too brief to add detail or deepen: that could be a hat if it’s a person if it’s a person if it’s a person. Just the same scant information timed to supplant the same scant information. KAY RYAN, Train-Track Figure I […]

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Chögyam Trungpa

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.”

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We had a really interesting weekend at Spa Road looking at the impact of the Internet – especially social media – on our mindfulness. And one of the participants pointed me to these great pics… Please enjoy and squirm as I did. I particularly liked the “Y-y-y-yes Master!” one…

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Dancing with Reality

Listening to Reggie Ray’s excellent Dharma Ocean podcast, I heard this – :

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Slamming the Gate

Reggie Ray said a striking thing in one of his Dharma Ocean talks (highly recommended btw) about the Tibetan Buddhist practice of totally opening up to what is happening to you: “Strangely, [said with a wry smile, I imagine], whatever messed up stuff you’re living through right now – that is the gateway to life. […]

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Trungpa on “getting over our embarrassment of being alive”

If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts , we will find that this world is a magical place. It is not magical because it tricks us, or because it changes unexpectedly into something else, But it is magical because it can be so vividly, so brilliantly. However […]

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