Dharma Reflections

The Buddha and Jung meet on the Path

With one blisteringly hot day and one torrential storm, and with delightful weather conditions on the other days for walking prevailing, we held our 9th annual French Yatra (pilgrimage) in the Dordogne area of southern France. …

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The Importance of the Five Realms of Existence

In recent years, I have been developing more and more interest in the Buddha’s teachings on the five realms of existence as a vitally important feature of Dharma teachings and exploration triggered by recollections of experiences of my years in the monkhood, including the time in the Vipassana monastery, the cave and forest.

I have also been working systematically through the discourses of the Buddha, and the emphasis he gave to the realms, and the circumstances for their presence. …

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A Response to Grief

I receive numerous emails. Last year, I replied 3218 emails. Many request small points of information, advice, dharma questions and dharma teaching information. I will include from time to time the summary of an e-mail in my blog.The following is my e-mail response to a person who is experiencing grief over the death of a loved one.

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Mindfulness to the extant necessary

Every other evening in Sarnath, the teachers, facilitators, co-ordinators met together over a meal to discuss a feature of the dharma. One evening we looked into the important refrain that appears four times in the Satipatthana Sutta (Discourse on the Appllications of Mindfulness – one of the most revered statements of the Budha on mindfulness and insight. …

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Who am I? Why am I here?

I receive regular requests to write a poem, review a book, write a few lines for the jacket of a book or write a few lines on a theme. I am happy to offer when possible. I received this e-mail inviting me to contribute around 100 words for a book that is due to be published. Incidentally, you might consider writing in response to the two questions that the editor asked — just so that you see what comes up from within yourself. …

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