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novembre 2018

The passing of Bernie Glassman

By | 2018-11-07T18:45:03+00:00 novembre 7th, 2018|Art et Zen, Textes|

  The great Bernie Glassman, one of my Zen teachers, died Sunday morning in the United States. I'm still reeling a bit, three days after the news first reached me, in Portugal, hours after the end of a retreat there. Dining with some students later that night, we raised a toast of white wine [...]

octobre 2018

Un bouquet d’écriture et méditation

By | 2018-10-08T17:08:56+00:00 octobre 8th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

De retour à Montreuil après une merveilleuse semaine d'écriture et médiation dans le Limousin, au centre Dechen Choling. Toujours un immense plaisir de partager cette aventure avec d'autres personnes qui souhaitent plonger dans l'inconnu du moment présent. Les mots du maître Dogen nous ont accompagnés toute la semaine ("Etudier la voie, c’est s’étudier soi-même...") et [...]

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 [...]