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avril 2016

Join us in the heart of your life

By | 2016-04-09T10:38:38+00:00 avril 9th, 2016|Textes|

Remember what John Lennon famously said? "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." And what Confucius said? "We have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one." So if you want to stop making all those plans and realize your one and only life, join Wild Flower [...]

février 2016

Sweet scrap of light

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:13+00:00 février 10th, 2016|Textes|

Brilliantly pale winter sun is stunning the day since early morning here. I breakfast, shower, dress, tend to some business with students, do laundry, make tea, fill a few notebook pages, visit the cat upstairs, catch up with news of bus crashes, elections, resignations, victories and defeats, have lunch... The sunny day goes on, meanwhile. [...]

janvier 2016

Sending love to Bernie Glassman

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:14+00:00 janvier 14th, 2016|Textes|

Bernie Glassman, the great elder of our White Plum lineage and a marvelous teacher to so many of us, has suffered a serious stroke and is hospitalized in Massachusetts. His condition is not clear yet, but please keep him in your hearts and offer your support through ceremony, prayer, sitting... For a taste of Bernie, [...]

décembre 2015

At République, a moment of collective grace

By | 2015-12-13T18:19:02+00:00 décembre 13th, 2015|Textes|

Everyone has probably heard by now that after her sold-out show in Paris last week, Madonna made an impromptu appearance at the Place de la République, singing three songs with her teenage son and a friend playing an acoustic guitar. True, it was a nice gesture, and it was also a photogenic scene, filmed in [...]

novembre 2015

Francis and the way of love

By | 2015-11-30T16:26:10+00:00 novembre 30th, 2015|Textes|

As I was eating breakfast this morning, I heard on the radio that while all the world's great and powerful leaders are gathering not far from my home outside Paris to talk about the climate crisis, Pope Francis was visiting a mosque in Bangui, in the war-ravaged Central African Republic. Everyone had warned the pope [...]

Gotta love ’em: Belgians, cats, Dalai Lama

By | 2015-11-23T18:19:56+00:00 novembre 23rd, 2015|Textes|

Moving right along, entering our second week after 'the night that changed everything'... Gotta love those Belgians. With Brussels at a standstill amid imminent threat and everybody asked to keep quiet about police operations, people decided to fight terrorism with... cats. Check out Belgian surrealism rising to the occasion on Twitter at #BrusselsLockdown And gotta [...]

After Paris attacks: the heart of the matter

By | 2015-11-14T13:01:45+00:00 novembre 14th, 2015|Textes|

Deep sadness here in Paris, and we are shocked and shaken, too, by the horror of last night's attacks in our beloved city. My heart breaks and breaks for the suffering of the victims and their executioners, and for all of us in this fragile world spinning with greed, anger and ignorance. For now, it [...]