Tarchin Hearn

Meaningful Living: a modern expression of the gradual path of awakening

– Posted in: Blog, Poems, Short Pieces

The key to meaningful living is mindfulness. The heart of mindfulness, a simultaneous blending of love with clear-seeing-enquiry, arises out of the multi-levelled life and living that we are. 1 This is the music of the universe and it resounds in everything. Listen! You can hear the singing in your bones, your feelings, your perceptions [...]

The Art of Contemplative Science: Praise for “The Songs of Trees”

– Posted in: Blog, Book Review, Miscellany

Perhaps David Abrams approached it when he referred to the process of dying as “expanding into the wider life of the planet”. Perhaps Alexander Skutch was near to it when he wrote, “An outstanding attribute of an awakened spirit is its expansiveness, its insatiable hunger to experience more widely, to know more broadly and profoundly, [...]

Brazil, Wholeness and Gratitude

– Posted in: Blog, Short Pieces

 (This short piece was initially drafted Aug. 10, 201717, at Foz Iquasu, Brazil, and finished in Orgyen Hermitage, New Zealand.) We were recently in Brazil for 5 weeks, exploring dharmas of natural awakening, contemplative science and mahamudra with a large number of people in Sao Paulo, and Botucatu. After three very full weeks of teaching, [...]

Silence and Retreat

– Posted in: Blog, Short Pieces

These words have arisen in response to the many enquiries over the years as to whether or not an upcoming retreat would be held in silence. Will the retreat be in silence? Actually, if there is silence, the whole universe would have disappeared!  If the retreat is in silence, we will all be in deep [...]

Education and Buddhadharma

– Posted in: Blog, Essays

How do we learn?  How do we grow into mature, loving, wise, competent human beings?  Does our vision of our place in the universe actually correspond to the biological realities that shape us?  Do our religious and moral aspirations harmonize with our mechanical and energetic interactions with the rest of the world?  Where do we [...]

Praise for, ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

– Posted in: Blog, Book Review, Miscellany

Praise for ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Mariner Books, 2004, ISBN 0-618-44659-1 Some books are much more than pages and print.  Engulfing and disturbingly engaging, they slip into hidden crannies of one’s being, places forgotten, or ignored or more often simply overlooked in the ongoing business of living.  We find ourselves [...]

Deep Roots and Fearless Compassion

– Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized

I read the following two paragraphs during a recent weekend retreat in Auckland and it seemed to touch people deeply.  One of the participants asked that it be put on Green Dharma Treasury, hence this posting.  The writing was originally part of an extensive e-mail reply to some questions about using anger in compassionate ways.  [...]