September 2016 full moon – wisdom and (self) compassion

Emaciated Buddha figure, Spirit Rock The ascetic Buddha Back at the end of July, I was an assistant teacher on a nine-day retreat at Spirit Rock, together with a friend and fellow teacher-trainee, DaRa Williams.  One day, as we walked from the teacher housing to the meditation hall, I happened to notice a solitary Buddha … Continue reading September 2016 full moon – wisdom and (self) compassion

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