Retraites au coeur de la vie

/Retraites au coeur de la vie

juin 2018

I Can’t Do It Without You

By | 2018-06-24T17:10:54+00:00 juin 24th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

    Today I've had a quiet Sunday at home, a much-needed break from all the activity of leading you in this retreat all week. I felt lazy like my cat, sleeping curled up under a bush, half in the sun, half in the shade all afternoon. Yesterday, to give closure to our Heart [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day V

By | 2018-06-22T12:29:44+00:00 juin 22nd, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

On this "last" day of our retreat, I'm wondering how everyone is doing and what everyone is doing, what you have experienced this week, with the vows you made and all the rest. If we were sitting here together in Montreuil, I could ask you. But we're not. So the best we can do [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day IV

By | 2018-06-21T07:38:00+00:00 juin 21st, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Today, June 21, is the longest day of the year. And it's a day that I particularly love, particularly in Paris. The city is at its best this time of year, tree-lined boulevards and parks flourishing, café terraces full. Which doesn't mean that all is "well" for everyone: Refugees and the homeless also wander [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day III

By | 2018-06-20T11:05:00+00:00 juin 20th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

It's a lovely morning here in Montreuil, all bright sun and blue sky, butterflies fluttering and bees buzzing in the garden around a multitude of flowers in bloom. I'm reminded of a little pond in my friend Corinne's garden, shown in the photo above, where lotus flowers were blooming in the sunlight. When the [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day II

By | 2018-06-19T11:49:22+00:00 juin 19th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

My practice with you this week includes writing a daily post for this blog. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, listen more closely: It's not! Which is not actually the whole truth: It's both easy and not easy, and neither easy nor not easy. Maybe I could say that it's easy when I include both [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day I

By | 2018-06-18T08:13:15+00:00 juin 18th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

  Quiet morning here at my desk, except for the rumble of the street-cleaning truck, first ear-splittingly loud and then slowly fading as it makes its way up the avenue. After an initial fright, the cat is finally not bothered, sleeping soundly now on the chair behind me, breathing peacefully in and out. So [...]

Here is the place; here the way unfolds

By | 2018-06-17T21:28:10+00:00 juin 17th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Lovely June evening in Paris, just finished dinner of roast chicken, salad, strawberries in the garden with friends. Thinking, too, about the start of our Retreat in the Heart of Life tomorrow. And of the news of the day, including the boat full of migrants, Aquarius, that was finally allowed to land in Spain [...]

novembre 2017

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour V

By | 2017-11-02T23:35:24+00:00 novembre 3rd, 2017|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Good morning, fellow retreat participants. This is our "last" day in the heart of life. Give it all you've got! What a funny concept that is: "the last day in the heart of life." D.T. Suzuki said that concepts like that and conceptual thought in general are like scaffolding that we construct around our moment-to-moment [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour IV

By | 2017-11-02T00:38:27+00:00 novembre 2nd, 2017|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

So now I'm having to write this entry and post it Wednesday night, before going to bed, because I have to set off early Thursday morning for my work at the refugee center. Which means I can reflect on the day that is now ending, hazy moon high in the sky: quiet holiday in France, [...]