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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


What am I?

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?
Hillel of Babylon

Hillel was a Jewish scholar and rough contemporary of Christ (died around 10 CE) who produced lots of good quotes. The progression from seeming solidity to emptiness reminds me of Nāgārjuna’s short verses.


Ballymena, Northern Ireland

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized



“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” and “…he who understands me finally recognizes them [his propositions] as nonsensical. He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.”

Wittgenstein, whose philosophy I teach, always brings me back to Zen & practice. Compare the quote with Shunryu Suzuki ‘s words, “The most important point is to establish yourself in a true sense, without establishing yourself on delusion… Delusion is necessary, but delusion is not something on which you can establish yourself. It is like a stepladder. Without it you can’t climb up, but you don’t stay on the stepladder.”

Not Always So


South Wales

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Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


Dharma Books

Opening the Hand of Thought

Buddhist books, impossible to choose just one! They speak to me in different ways at different times. But Kosho Uchiyama’s ‘Opening the Hand of Thought’ is one I find myself drawn to again, and again. Opening the Hand of Thought. A short instruction – just sit with it.



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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized



“I’m as ignorant as the day I was born”

Realising my father may not have long for this world, I recently plucked up the courage to ask him “What has life taught you?”.  This was his response. May we all realise  the simple wisdom of this.



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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized



April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs from the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

from ‘The Waste Land’ by T. S. Elliott

For me these lines are an Invitation, it’s about new beginnings, being alive, it’s about Hope.



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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


A Seasonal Thought

“One of my favourite sayings is ‘Grass is greener where you water it‘.

This reminds me to cultivate the here and now and not wander off into undisciplined ‘if only….’ “


Hebden Bridge.

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Cherry Blossom’s Shade

“In the cherry blossom’s shade

there’s no such thing

as a stranger.”

Kobayashi Issa, Zen priest and poet, (1763 – 1827)

“When I am intimate with life, the whole world is my lover. Love is our practice.” Ingen.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Bodhisattva

Even if the sun were to rise from the west, the Bodhisattva has only one way.” Suzuki Roshi.

“Suzuki Roshi goes on to say the Bodhisattva’s way is to express in each moment our true nature and our sincerity. And the idea is we do this no matter what happens, we never separate ourselves from our true nature nor from our sincerity, even if the sun were to rise in the west, or even if it’s New Year’s Day.” Ingen.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized



To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point, we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.”

“The quote is of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It is a reminder that ‘Buddhism’ is not really an ‘ism’, not an ideology or belief system, but a taking care of our everyday life.”


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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized