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février 2011

Retreat notes, IV (Hearing pain)

By | 2015-10-03T16:44:39+01:00 février 17th, 2011|La pratique Zen|

Day 4 of our retreat, Thursday, another day at the office. There was time for a short morning sitting, a bit of "stillness practice," before leaving home, unlike yesterday. And then it was into the "movement practice" of the world and its array of daily motion. We think we know it so well! And yet... [...]

Retreat notes, III (Back to the roots)

By | 2015-10-03T16:44:21+01:00 février 16th, 2011|La pratique Zen|

Had to go to the office early this morning, so no sitting to start the day for me. Have to wait until tonight. Which is exactly how my practice has always been, since the very beginning. And which is how this "retreat in the heart of life" came to be: It was/is a direct result [...]

Retreat notes, II (Where we meet)

By | 2015-10-03T16:44:04+01:00 février 15th, 2011|La pratique Zen|

Second day of our great adventure into the heart of life. Sometimes I forget about it, forget that this is a retreat, only realizing that I've forgotten when I remember. And then suddenly as I put the key in my door upon returning from a lunch date, the "world" is beyond imagination and yet right [...]

Retreat notes, I (Borders)

By | 2015-10-03T16:43:43+01:00 février 14th, 2011|La pratique Zen|

So after sitting this morning and before sitting tonight, it's Monday, with it's usual routine of household tasks, meetings and appointments. And yet today, there's a difference: These activities are my contribution to the retreat that we are plunging into together. A fountain of gratitude gushed forth as I read all your words. With the [...]

octobre 2010

Fingertips lightly touching the ground

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:19+01:00 octobre 16th, 2010|La pratique Zen|

Tonight, I'm ready to shut it all down and go to bed. The day was busy with the rigors of parenting, the grind of household duties. No time for "I"! So after the last dishes are finally done, the night is quiet, I sit down, put the words here. Whatever words come. I know they [...]

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novembre 2006

Resistance is difficult, not change

By | 2015-10-03T16:52:04+01:00 novembre 21st, 2006|La pratique Zen|

Sky is gray in Paris. Garden a galaxy of colors. Grass still green; some leaves drop, some hold. Pee ocher yellow green new daily. Paws wet, the tan cat comes in from the rain. Road work in full grinding swing. Resistance is difficult, not change. Change is the essential nature of all things. How to [...]


By | 2015-10-03T16:51:43+01:00 novembre 8th, 2006|La pratique Zen|

Le Zen défie toute définition: ni religion, ni philosophie, ni système de pensée, ni doctrine, ni croyance. La méditation Zen, pratique de base, nous aide à expérimenter ce qui ne peut pas être défini: l'instant présent, ici, maintentant. Zen defies definition: It is not a religion, not a philosophy, not a system of thought, not [...]