Summer Evening

Inspired by miss Patia.

Into Emptiness

Sunset in Bozeman at the Royal 7 Into Emptiness Sensitive soulsFall soFreelyInto Emptiness Into LoveAnd Loss MissingDesiringLongingFor her To fillEmptinessThis fool’s errand What the wise ones knowI supposeIs that there is no fillingThe Emptiness Sevens dance in Missoula lights as Fireworks burst Only befriending itAcceptingThat aloneIs the warrior’s Home The abodeTo share with othersMany windowsMany doors OpenFlowing freelyAloneWith Grace In LoveWith LifeItself Enough. A blue Heron Flies over Missoula’s Mount Sentinel

Sutta Meditations: MN 54: the Potaliya Sutta

The sutta* is an address to a householder on the importance of practicing meditation, cultivating the equanimity of the fourth jhana, and being mindful of the nature of sensuality. The teaching consists of a series of comparisons used to illustrate sensuality as being “of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks.” Perhaps the most visceral passage is: “Now suppose there were a pit of glowing embers, deeper than a man’s height, full of embers that were neither flaming nor smoking,... Read more

Gratitude Journal

My good friend SJ left today, returning to Bristol after nearly two weeks with me in Montana and Yellowstone. Accepting life as it is, I had a wonderful time with my friend. Of course I had my slips, falling back into memories, conversations, attempts to grasp, to figure out, and so on. But bringing acceptance to these moments brought me back to the present, the ever-full and joyous present. 1. Friends from afar will be my first gratitude item this... Read more

Dharma Tuesday: Causes and Conditions

Yellowstone Sandhill Cranes (more pics) This week, 7-1: causes and conditions, understanding the basis for our negative emotions to overcome them, and how our practice will set the foundation for positive feelings. In Buddhism everything happens for a reason. Or, better stated, everything happens based on causes and conditions.On one level we can say that the causes are what we bring to a given event or perception in our lives, while the conditions are the outside circumstances. These two come... Read more

Friends, Travels, Hikes, and More

It doesn’t get much better in life than late June in Montana. Something about the long days, the dry air, the lazy animals, or who knows what just seems to bring out the best in people – more energy, more smiles, more patience, more perspective on life. As I’ve said many times, watching a good sunset from Mount Sentinel can make almost any of my worries melt away. This week my good friend SJ is in town from Bristol, England... Read more

The Most Important Image Ever Taken

The Hubble Deep Field: The Most Important Image Ever Taken… (thanks to This video is a brilliant science lesson and meditation wrapped in one, absolutely worth watching and sharing. [youtube=] In peace.

Gratitude Journal

The morning sun rises over my mountain (they call it Mount Sentinel for now, but I’m working on renaming it Justin’s Mountain, ha!). I sip my second cup of coffee. Regina Spektor comes through the speakers. I am all dressed to run to the gym, but suddenly I feel quite content right where I am. So, to kill some time and soak up some sun…. A bit of what I am grateful for today: Little things – like Maggie (Magnus,... Read more

Campus Sangha Schedule

The UM Campus Sangha, a non-affiliated Buddhist meditation and discussion group, will be resuming weekly meetings and meditation at the Center for Ethics, 1000 E. Beckwith Ave. Gatherings will be Tuesday nights and begin at 7pm with a dharma talk and meditation beginning promptly at 7:15pm with discussion to follow. This summer we will be focusing on metta, the Buddhist practice of loving-kindness. The schedule (with fuller details below) will be as follows: 6-17: phases of the practice, understanding why... Read more

Setting the place for Meditation

We all hear of the great Tibetan masters who, locked in Chinese prisons, tortured, in forced labor, find compassion and depth of practice. These rare and exceptional beings may serve as lights in the darkest of our spiritual nights. Yet for most of us, a prison or other state of heightened, extended stress will only bring out the worst in us (See the Stanford Prison Experiment). Part of spiritual practice is knowing our limits and being honest with ourselves and... Read more