Listen. Can you hear it right now?

Our culture is one which is geared in many ways to help us evade any need to face this inner, silent self. ~ Thomas Merton Dunk, marinate, drizzle, dress. These are the words written on the bottle of olive oil standing on our red-painted kitchen shelves. They just caught my eye as I drank some […]

A new life

So many things have happened since I last wrote nearly two years ago – where do I begin? Things are always in a process of change, but this is more true of some periods of our lives than others. Running a temple, we have discovered, involves a rather steep learning curve! Life is good here […]

You do not have to be good

All week my husband has been on Buddhist business in India.I had planned a solitary retreat day on Monday. I had it all worked out – virtuous food, no television, reading holy books, gazing wistfully into the distance as I contemplated the great mysteries of life… you know the sort of thing.Here’s how my retreat day […]

Book sale

BOOK SALE. Treat yourself (or a friend) to a signed copy of your favourite novel of mine. Email me: First come first served! All books £8 including postage, or two for £14 – to be paid by Paypal. The prices are for UK folks – if you’re in the US or elsewhere I can […]

Cat poo & enlightenment

This morning I led people in kinhin – walking meditation – v e r y slowly around our garden. We stepped through the dew-laden grass taking in the purple spikes of erysimum, the sugary scent of the sweet-peas and the giant red skirts of the poppies. If you haven’t had your breakfast yet, you might want to […]

Am I going to disappear? Mushy insides & new beginnings.

This year, my insides started turning to mush and rearranging themselves. I feel less driven by money and more pulled by curiosity. Less driven by busy-work and more pulled by heart-work. Less driven by fear and more pulled by love. Things are changing as a consequence, Kaspa & I are offering more local classes and […]