July 2017 full moon – Gratitude

Just last week, I finished a one-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society's Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts, led by Sayadaw U Vivekananda.  What a relief it was, to temporarily put down some of the burdens I didn't even know I was carrying, and to have such a powerful opportunity to "disentangle the tangle" (as …

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June 2016 full moon – Inspiration and taking refuge in sangha/community

Graduates of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock four-year teacher training programme, 10 June 2016 - photo by Ben Marshall In my last international newsletter back in April, I wrote about inspiration, an aspect of spiritual practice that surprisingly, doesn't seem to be talked about very often.  As I discovered back then, "... the …

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November 2015 full moon – gratitude

A few slightly random reflections on Gratitude "These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done." AN 2.118  As the three-month retreat at IMS comes to a close, there's a definite …

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