Question: “What is the difference between “the mind” and “I”? You can find a lot of definitions of “mind” in spiritual literature, ranging from all-positive to an “evil one”. But, really, if we look at the mind – that thing that processes everything in our head – is only a tool, it is like a […]

It has been just over 7 years when I came to do an art residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, USA. I was lucky to be in the last group of trainees who met Daido Roshi, about a month before his death from lung cancer. His life story was a remarkable one: sailor in […] […]

An uncertain world and uncertain times. But when was it different? We can drive ourselves nuts with thoughts about the future – “what will become of me?”, “what if things never change?”, “what if I never find my place?”, “what if I will be forever alone?”. And the emotional pain that follows that kind of […]

From the early childhood, we are told what is beautiful and what is not. As children, we find everything around us fascinating and new because we don’t have yet this structure, this imaginary scale… Source: Zen and unexpected beauty

People come to the realisation of their true nature by many different ways, there is no one single “right” way or method, because what we call Absolute, God, Buddha Nature, our true nature, the Being, etc.- is unlimited, it includes the whole spectrum of form manifestations, and can realise itself through any form or method […]

Talking to a friend recently I mentioned that I was extremely shy and had very low confidence in my younger years. She looked surprised and said with a look of disbelief “you are one of the most confident people I ever met”. In my childhood, I faced a lot of criticism and non-acceptance, which was […]

Everybody loves Kyoto, but most tourists give it a miss during winter. But I would never forget the pure magic of its moody, dark weather, crystal clear, fresh air and occasional wet and sticky snowfall. There was this amazing and essential bareness in everything, like the world was stripped clean of anything non-essential and there […]