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Primitive Hut Retreat

primitive hut retreat on a breezy hillside of scrub forest in winter little hooves scuff by at 1:00 am one morning two owls duel hooting in the predawn dark immersed in natural quiet alive, vital, spacious, free animal, vegetable and … Continue reading

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Hafiz !

Hafiz ! Can it really be as simple as that ? Just love everyone in every direction always. When do you ever get a break from God ? 8 8 88 888   88888     88888888        8888888888888 … Continue reading

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White

prayer flags flap wildly five colors fade into an ocean of fog enveloped by clouds adrift from long lost mooring juniper forest, cactus and rock enshrouded in white the temple engulfed by opaque blanket of cloud White Tara laughs through … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat at Garchen

Time for some mental health time-outs. This year’s choice: Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, AZ; altitude of 4692 ft. (1) in the mountainous North Central  region of the state. The Garchen Buddhist Institute stands on a group of rocky … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat 2014

Why retreat ? Only don’t know. No reason. Just have to. Just doing. Just. Silence calls, but not from elsewhere. Not doing beckons, but not from distance. It’s no-time to do nothing, to suffer the misery of the kleshas, to … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat III : Why Retreat into Silence ?

In a word, love. Love of silence, of mere being, of thusness – the completeness of things as they are. Anything else ? Freedom from doing, from the sense of doer-ship. Yes, freedom from the role of the doer, freedom from … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat at Spirit Falls

The silence calls. It has called for years. Since 2005, I have answered by immersion in silence at least once each year, sometimes more if possible. This year, visited a retreat center for the first time: Spirit Falls in Pine, … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat at the Merritt Center, Payson AZ

Have long felt any time spent in silence was spent best. Over Memorial Day weekend, spent part of 4 days silently serving 16 others as we walked in silence together on retreat. Our hostess, Betty Merritt, did an amazing job … Continue reading

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Just this Cushion, this Breath, this Moment

Deep resonant reverb Fanning out in all directions Summoned sleepers while silence embraced To practice in the early morning dark Dull gong-like strike Of crystal quartz bell Ebbing and flowing First hour, every hour Calling out to those pacing slowly … Continue reading

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