Poetical Invitations

– Posted in: Blog, Poems

It used to be that the spiritual life was a spontaneous unearned blessing, divine presence in action. Then it became something one had to work at, a commodity paid for with many retreats. Sadly, for some today, spirituality has dwindled to not much more than a manipulation of many re-tweets! Oh may we open our [...]

Native to this Earth

– Posted in: Blog, Short Pieces

Native to this Earth The knowing that I am is the behaviour of the ocean of being which is all there is to know by the knowing that I am. Like understanding the weather, there are countless factors, some large in form, or long in time, some of micro dimension – transient sparks, so many [...]

Vajrasattva’s Hundred Syllable Mantra: a summation of the path

– Posted in: Blog, Practices

Portrayed as a radiant buddha figure, Vajrasattva represents the primordial natural state of pure and total presence – the essence of body, speech and mind activity of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As a meditation, the primary purpose of Vajrasattva practice is to remove the obstacles obscuring one’s perception of the true nature of mind, and [...]

Capricious Chance and Steady Causality

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These days I find myself reviewing Prajnaparamita/Madhyamaka philosophy (curtesy of wonderful translations by Karl Brunnholzl) along with some of David Bohm’s early writings (particularly his book “Causality and Chance in Modern Physics”). This morning I recalled a poem I wrote in the mid 90s and was amazed at its continuing freshness. I suppose that this [...]

Your Body is an Ocean of Awareness

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“Foundations of Mindfulness; A Manual for Meditators” a newly revised and extended e-book by Tarchin Hearn is now available. Click here to download a free copy of the entire 80 page text. The following article is taken from Appendix C in “Foundations of Mindfulness” Your Body is an Ocean of Awareness: A Different View of [...]

In Praise of Slow Reading

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In high school, I took a course in ‘speed reading’. We were lured into it with promises that it would improve our grades and our efforts to “get ahead and succeed in life”. They didn’t mention, because no-one at that time could know, that it would help us read inter-net screens, blogs, news reports and [...]

Mind and Mindfulness

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Mind and Mindfulness by Tarchin Hearn a fresh approach to mind and mindfulness Mindfulness has become a popular topic in today’s world of therapy, healing and self-help teachings. I wanted to write something from a less common angle, hopefully stimulating possibilities for fresh understanding and appreciation. I began this article in a prose format but [...]

Taking Robes: Embracing a Life of Natural Awakening; Reflections on Ordination and Divine Ordinariness

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Taking Robes Embracing a Life of Natural Awakening; Reflections on Ordination and Divine Ordinariness by Tarchin Hearn Click here to read the fully formatted essay in PDF format. I’d like to begin by briefly sketching out some personal events that led to the ideas in this essay/poem. In my early 20s, while at Kalu Rinpoché’s [...]

Early Morning Pith Instruction

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Early Morning Pith Instruction by Tarchin Hearn I wake again from a seeming series of wakings, sleepings, dreamings, beings, eyes slowly opening to soft dim dawn. I breathe, May all beings be well and happy. The body aches, patchy sensation, not quite connected thinking and feeling. The birds begin to sing and wrapping all around [...]