Recently, I spent 10 days studying Buddhist meditation with nuns from the Tibetan tradition in a monastery just outside Kathmandu. Yes, I was also confused about the fact there are nuns in a monastery but it is the 21st Century after all. These wonderful women taught me many things, not just through their words but … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned About Happiness From Buddhist Nuns
Wake before dawn. The sun has not yet risen on another year, but last night’s music still hangs in the air. Don a jumper for the first time in weeks and straddle the bicycle you can rent for just 40p. Say hello to the cook walking her cow. Say hello to three children riding one … Continue reading A Mountain Pilgrimage
“We begin to let go only when we see the pain that's caused by holding on” - Mark Coleman I came to India for the following reasons: to to meditate, to spend time alone in nature, and to practice yoga. Feeling like I had adequately addressed the first objective for now, I decided to move … Continue reading What do mountains, meditation and magic mushrooms have in common?
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” - Bob Marley I spend my first month in India in a beautiful Zen monastery in the Western Ghats, gazing at the misty horizon and contemplating the beauty of wild flowers. I feel very far from the India most people imagine. For the … Continue reading Everyday Mindfulness: A Month of Zen
The first thing, before anything, is the wall of heat. It seeps through the door to smother you, seduce you, before you even leave that flying thing you arrived in. So unlike anything you're used to. An exotic lover coming to greet you. Air, with the weight and presence of a heavy secret. I pretend … Continue reading A New Country, A New Adventure