Retraites au coeur de la vie

/Retraites au coeur de la vie

juin 2019

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

By | 2019-06-28T16:32:50+01:00 juin 28th, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Finally back at my desk with time to write. Sorry for the late posting, and the stand-by text below. Maybe some of you weren't even aware of that text? We just never know what will arise, nor what will fall away. So anyway... It's our fifth and final day of this Heart of Life/Coeur [...]

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

By | 2019-06-27T11:15:05+01:00 juin 27th, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

After meditation in the garden again this morning, sit down at my desk and decide to throw open my windows, letting the lovely cool of early day - and the bubbling flow of life "outside" - drift in on a delicious summer breeze. I know this won't be possible later, when the intense afternoon heat [...]

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

By | 2019-06-26T12:08:31+01:00 juin 26th, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Meditation this morning in our garden in Montreuil. Sitting in a red metal chair facing explosive flourishing of what we call "nature" - innumerable flowers in bloom whose names I don't know, lush grasses, short shrubs and ferns, delicate young saplings, stronger older trees, some towering, others smaller yet grandly standing tall - fig, [...]

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

By | 2019-06-25T11:53:23+01:00 juin 25th, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Everything is in its place. I had hoped to post something here much earlier today. But after sitting I was then busy all morning speaking with students via Skype. Which meant that I had to let go of my goal. If I had not dropped it, I would not have been present with the [...]

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

By | 2019-06-24T14:38:56+01:00 juin 24th, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Already deep into afternoon here in Montreuil, and, amid a heat wave, I'm wishing everyone a fine day. Had a night of restless and little sleep, troubled by the thick heat throughout the night and by a mosquito that bit me time and again. I'd like to think the mosquito was satisfied, even if [...]

Right Here, Right Now

By | 2019-06-23T14:59:45+01:00 juin 23rd, 2019|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

This hot summer Sunday afternoon in Paris finds me at my desk, typing this post on the eve of our Heart of Life Retreat. Probably nowhere else I'd rather be at this moment. Right now, this is my life. Right here, this is my practice. In a Zen koan, a student asks a teacher: [...]

novembre 2018

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: The Day After/Le jour d’après

By | 2018-11-17T19:04:52+01:00 novembre 17th, 2018|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Evening has fallen almost unnoticed. I was surfing the web, as we say, catching up on the news of the day. Not much of note to report on that front. Earlier, we gently wrapped up the Heart of Life retreat this morning with a half-day of practice at the Wild Flower Center here in [...]

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

By | 2018-11-16T12:36:04+01:00 novembre 16th, 2018|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Posting a bit later today. No meeting to run to. My nose is still congested. Outside my window, it seems to be foggy again. Yesterday, the top half of the Eiffel Tower appeared to be lost in the low-hanging clouds. Because it was hidden by the fog doesn't mean that half of the tower [...]

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

By | 2018-11-15T08:51:50+01:00 novembre 15th, 2018|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Getting an earlier start on my post this morning, Day IV of our retreat, because of the shape my day is taking. I have a meeting at 10 a.m. far from home and I don't want to be late - I don't want to keep the others in my team waiting or cut precious [...]

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

By | 2018-11-14T14:08:56+01:00 novembre 14th, 2018|La pratique Zen, Retraites au coeur de la vie|

It's Day III of our retreat. Heartfelt thanks to those who have posted experiences and reflections. We are nearly 70 participants in this retreat (the most ever!), and we're all grateful for your words. If you haven't posted yet, please take the plunge - for you and for the others! Sitting down at my [...]