Category Archives: Teachings

Four Noble Truths – a Way to Practice – Video

An overview of the Four Noble Truths from the point of view of a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner, Saido Kennaway, at Telford Buddhist Priory.
Buddhist teachings show you a way of practice, to become liberated from greed hate and delusion and in this very moment realise, Bright Buddha Nature. In other words Practice-Enlightenment.

Four Noble Truths, a Way to Practice.

I’ve listened to Rev. Saido give this presentation ‘live’ a number of times and always end up inspired. Now I see he has recorded a video and available for all. Go to the Telford Buddhist Priory website and click on the ‘Talks’ link for a couple of short teaching videos answering the questions, Buddhism goes on about suffering. Don’t you find it pessimistic and depressing? Are you Enlightened? How would you know if you were or weren’t? Both recorded by the Clearvision Trust.

Thank you so much Reverend. Much appreciated.

Close Kind Encounters

Today, still staggering about suffering from the heat, still needing to find somebody to look at a seriously non fitting door when good fortune fell in my path. A works van pulled across the pavement in front of me to park. Long story short the lovely chap, Graham, is going to come and look at the door. Thing is, he said, plastic doors swell in the heat! Tell me! I thought.

Meanwhile Rev. Alicia, over in Cromford in the Derbyshire Dales, has had some heart warming close encounters.

Bodhisattva manifest at every turn. Everyday in the most ordinary/extraordinary ways.

Dynamic Opposition

Water Cut - Head of the Mallerstang Valley
Water Cut – Head of the Mallertang Valley

This sculpture called Water Cut suits the mood of the morning, I find it uplifting and remember well the day I hiked up to see it high above the River Eden in the Mallerstang Valley in Eastern Cumbria. June 30th 2013.

The space carved between the two vertical pillars creates the shape of a meandering river in the sky and provides a ‘window’ onto the real river in the valley below. It also symbolises the power of the river Eden cutting through the rock on its journey through East Cumbria and our own human journeys through the rural landscape and through life.

Eden Benchmarks

Rivers?
running fast
running
Slow.

Rivers?
held in a direction
by the banks
in dynamic opposition.

A positive thing.

Uh! And it is raining again – those rivers will rise and run fast. Let’s see now, the weather forecast for the rest of the week. Sunshine and showers it is.

Watch Where You’re Putting Your Feet – Video

A Life Reminder for Troubled Times from Mugo on Vimeo.

Advice for hill walkers: Watch where you’re putting your feet. Alfred Wainwright. And good advice for everybody else who might be feeling a bit unsteady given the interesting times we are going through in Britain and Europe, and the rest of the world actually.

This video was recorded while walking in the North Eastern part of the Lake District. I refer to some advice Alfred Wainwright would repeat regularly, “Watch where you’re putting your feet”! Good for the fells and good for the rest of one’s life. Oh and I also mention Blencathra also known as Saddleback. Sharp Edge forms a section of the walk to the top. It looks sharp and it certainly looks like an edge! To my eyes rather daunting however my walking advisor says I could do it given what we did on our Great Gable ‘adventure’. I’m almost ready to write about that jaunt.

Stand Tall

Stand UP!
stand tall
walk tall
sit tall.

Foxgloves
Don’t know they
Are
We humans do!

Taken top of Loughrigg Fell above Ambleside. These plants are a great inspiration.