Monthly Archives: August 2014

Gift

Happiness resists our efforts to capture it. No amount of money or determination is enough. No amount of material wealth can entice it. Human beings do not gain their humanity by storing up treasure but, curiously, by reaching out a … Continue reading

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Around Chapel Peak

I went for a long walk earlier today, just because after these last weeks of rain and cloud the sun and sharp light were so exhilirating. I went up through the beech forest that winds its way around the northern … Continue reading

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There are certain days

Somedays things don’t work out. It’s like our timing is off, we’re hearing a different rhythm to everyone else. Some days life hurts. This is when we need to learn to be a little kind to ourselves and not add … Continue reading

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Blackberrying

This is probably the only year where blackberrying follows mushrooming, due to the unusually cool, cloudy end of July and August, right across Europe. And while I’m still learning from the plenty of different mushrooms (oyster mushrooms and the pink … Continue reading

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RCR – Breakthrough

From the beginning of Shitzuteru Ueda’s “Nothingness” in Meister Eckhart and Zen Buddhism “According to Meister Eckhart, God gives birth to his Son in the solitary soul. “The Father begets me as his Son, as his very same Son. Whatever … Continue reading

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All is Way

There is a way deep-down things. Yet, turn toward it and it turns away from you, name it and you miss it. It is both mother and father to the world, parent to you and me both. Yet, while it … Continue reading

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RCR – Beyond God and self

In many ways going beyond Religion and Philosophy feels somehow right in this postmodern world: the first has been seriously undermined by the scientific outlook, the second has never interested the vast majority and is seen as the preserve of … Continue reading

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RCR – Beyond Religion and Philosophy

There are probably many reading this blog who wonder why I take time to speak about philosophers, when ostensibly this blog is about zen and the practical life lived in a forest on the hills in northern Spain? My answer … Continue reading

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RCR – The Noble Path IV – Self-Naughting

I have been playing around with the idea of nobility in the last few weeks, to try to reach the depths from which this nobility arises. Yet, it is impossible for words to reach this ever-giving source, the noble path … Continue reading

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Mushrooming

It’s been wet, very wet, these last few weeks and so what you lose in sunshine you make up in an early a good crop of fungi! The photo above shows some of the mushrooms I’ve found and brought back … Continue reading

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