avril 2016

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour III

By | 2016-04-13T06:19:23+00:00 avril 13th, 2016|Textes|

Good morning to all from Paris. What lies ahead today? More adventures for us all. Yesterday was all about "I": "I" did some sitting with "I," "I" forgot a Skype session, "I" cleaned out a book shelf and parted with many bits of "I" that "I" had been keeping for reasons only "I" knows, "I" [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie Day/Jour II

By | 2016-04-11T23:38:05+00:00 avril 12th, 2016|Textes|

Good morning/Bonjour/Bom dia from Paris. Here we are on the second day of our plunge... Surrounded by a halo of wispy clouds, there was a lovely thin slice of moon high in the dark sky last night as we came into the street after sitting. Today is something different altogether. But what is it? Or even better: [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour I

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:13+00:00 avril 11th, 2016|Textes|

Good morning from Paris. Here's what I'm thinking about today: When I was a child in America, there was a program on television called "This Is Your Life." A person who had secretly been selected to be the subject was called on stage and his or her entire life was presented, from childhood to present, [...]

Join us in the heart of your life

By | 2016-04-09T10:38:38+00:00 avril 9th, 2016|Textes|

Remember what John Lennon famously said? "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." And what Confucius said? "We have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one." So if you want to stop making all those plans and realize your one and only life, join Wild Flower [...]

février 2016

Sweet scrap of light

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:13+00:00 février 10th, 2016|Textes|

Brilliantly pale winter sun is stunning the day since early morning here. I breakfast, shower, dress, tend to some business with students, do laundry, make tea, fill a few notebook pages, visit the cat upstairs, catch up with news of bus crashes, elections, resignations, victories and defeats, have lunch... The sunny day goes on, meanwhile. [...]

janvier 2016

Sending love to Bernie Glassman

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:14+00:00 janvier 14th, 2016|Textes|

Bernie Glassman, the great elder of our White Plum lineage and a marvelous teacher to so many of us, has suffered a serious stroke and is hospitalized in Massachusetts. His condition is not clear yet, but please keep him in your hearts and offer your support through ceremony, prayer, sitting... For a taste of Bernie, [...]

décembre 2015

At République, a moment of collective grace

By | 2015-12-13T18:19:02+00:00 décembre 13th, 2015|Textes|

Everyone has probably heard by now that after her sold-out show in Paris last week, Madonna made an impromptu appearance at the Place de la République, singing three songs with her teenage son and a friend playing an acoustic guitar. True, it was a nice gesture, and it was also a photogenic scene, filmed in [...]

novembre 2015

Francis and the way of love

By | 2015-11-30T16:26:10+00:00 novembre 30th, 2015|Textes|

As I was eating breakfast this morning, I heard on the radio that while all the world's great and powerful leaders are gathering not far from my home outside Paris to talk about the climate crisis, Pope Francis was visiting a mosque in Bangui, in the war-ravaged Central African Republic. Everyone had warned the pope [...]

Gotta love ’em: Belgians, cats, Dalai Lama

By | 2015-11-23T18:19:56+00:00 novembre 23rd, 2015|Textes|

Moving right along, entering our second week after 'the night that changed everything'... Gotta love those Belgians. With Brussels at a standstill amid imminent threat and everybody asked to keep quiet about police operations, people decided to fight terrorism with... cats. Check out Belgian surrealism rising to the occasion on Twitter at #BrusselsLockdown And gotta [...]