Christopher Titmuss Dharma Blog

A Buddhist Perspective

This content shows Simple View

Articles

Three Residential Retreats at the Waldhaus Zentrum, Andernach, Germany between 12-24 October 2021. Do join.

I offer three consecutive mindfulness/insight meditation retreats at the Waldhaus Buddhist Zentrum near Andernach, Germany from 12 – 24 October 2021.

There are two five-day retreats and one weekend retreat.

The third retreat from 22-24 October was added yesterday. There are currently plenty of spaces.  The weekend retreat may not be on the website.

If you would like to join, please email the Waldhaus Centre below to book a place.
The retreats consist of comprehensive mindfulness/meditation instructions in sitting, walking, standing/reclining, inter-views with myself, inquiry, questions and answers and a daily talk. Silence is a major feature of these retreats. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

Waldhaus website will provide residential costs. The teacher invites donations at the end of the retreat to support the ongoing teaching.

Continue reading 



Julian David, much respected Jungian Analyst, a visionary and a Totnes treasure. His new book: A SHORT HISTORY OF GOD

I received below this email message today announcing a new book by Julian David, a remarkable Jungian analyst, visionary and essayist. Continue reading 



An Exploration of the Western version of Mindfulness as a Major Branch of Psychology

The Buddha abides as the original voice of mindfulness. Mindfulness belongs in the body of his teachings/practices. The Buddha’s approach to mindfulness reveals a comprehensive exploration offering a great depth of insight. Continue reading 



Joan Armatrading sings Willow.

During the 1990s, I drove down to Cornwall, the neighbouring county, to listen to Joan Armatrading, the English singer,  sing her signature song, Willow, at the end of her concert.

I played the record regularly at home – a soulful song with fine lyrics on offering another refuge in a storm.

I had a couple of reminders of the song this week including her guest appearance on television and a short conversation in Totnes with a person in their 20s whose name echoes the song. She did not know of the song. Willow is the name of Totnes’s first vegetarian restaurant started in the early 1980’s by Isabel L, our wonderful cook (from Germany) for our retreats in India in the mid-1970s.

Here is the link to Youtube. Joan sings Willow in Edmonton, Canada in 1999.The audience quietly sings at the end.  She is singing in the zone. Beautiful.

Here are the lyrics.
WILLOW

I may not be your best
You know good ones don’t come by the score
You’ve got something missing
I’ll help you look you can be sure
And if you want to be alone
Or someone to share a laugh
Whatever you want me to
All you gotta do is ask

Thunder
Don’t go under the sheets
Lightning under a tree
In the rain and snow
I’ll be your fire side
Come running to me
When things get out of hand
Running to me
When it’s more than you can stand

I said I’m strong
Straight
Willing
To be a
Shelter
In a storm
Your willow
Oh willow
When the sun is out

A fight with your best girl
Prettiest thing you ever saw
You know I’ll listen
Try to get a message to her
And if it’s money you want
Or trouble halved
Whatever you want me to
All you gotta do is ask

I said I’m strong
Straight
Willing
To be a
Shelter
In a storm
Your willow
Oh willow
When the sun is out

Shelter in a storm
Your willow
Oh willow
When the sun is out

Thank you, Joan.

May all know  a willow in their life who offers shelter in a storm.

May all beings remember to engage in the Dance of Life (Lila in Sanskrit)

Tick box at very foot of blog to be notified of new posts by email.
www.christophertitmuss.net

PS. We can listen to music, sing with the song or dance to music.
In case you are wondering.

It is not Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson or Mick Jagger.
It is not Fred Astaire (1899-1987)
– regarded as probably America’s finest dancer of all time
along with his dance partner, Ginger Rogers.
Photo taken at a party in Brighton in a dance studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Zoom Weekend Retreat, Friday 23 July to 25 July, 2021. Mindfulness. Meditation. On Donation.

Friday evening 23 July evening to Sunday afternoon at 25 July 2021.

Theme: Benefits of Mindfulness and Benefits Beyond Mindfulness

All are welcome. New and experienced meditators.

Retreat with Christopher Titmuss

Continue reading 




Join our monthly e-Newsletter

Never miss an update

top

Join our monthly e-Newsletter

Never miss an update