Dear Trustees of Oxfam NZ My partner, Mary Jenkins and I have been regular contributors to Oxfam for many years. We, like many others, have been disturbed by the revelations in the Guardian concerning misconduct and poor management in Haiti, Chad and now other places. These examples of exploitation, by representatives of an organisation dedicated … Continue reading An Open Letter to Oxfam
Immense Gratitude and Thanks For A Wonderful Response to the Orgyen Care Project Dear Friends About three weeks ago, e-mails were sent out announcing the Orgyen Care Project and asking for support. For those of you who may not have heard about it, the O.C.P. was conceived by Andy MacIntosh, and Grant and Natasha Rix, … Continue reading Orgyen Care Project Thanks
Dear Friends on the Path of Dharma If we look deeply around us, we will find ourselves to be living parts of a cresting wave of an ocean of life-unfolding, a world awakening, a mystery embodying. We have been blessed with friendships, and myriad opportunities to cultivate skills in compassion, attentiveness and deepening understanding. We … Continue reading Wholesome Activity – Keep It In The Ground
Metaphor – a poem by Tarchin Hearn The inner tangle and the outer tangle, This generation is entangled in a tangle, So pray, Gautama, Who can untangle this tangle? (The Vissudhimagga) Metaphor and meaning are slippery subjects, and so too is money. Money is a currency for exchanging objects. It is countable, measurable, gross and … Continue reading Metaphor
Early morning sheen of blue grey greens, luminous, still. You are sitting, broadening into the welcome of day. It has rained through the night. Wet and warm, your body softens and spreads in the slow chant of crickets. The unhurried single repetition of a waking thrush. The densifying tapestry of feathered voices and releasing muscles, … Continue reading Morning Puja
This short piece was originally written in July 1999. It may give you a fresh sense of possibility for breathing meditation. I look into the air and see right through it. I move my body and feel invisible pressures, waftings of liquid presence, pressing round with no gaps or spaces. Looking opens to knowing this … Continue reading A Cubic Metre of Air –a few breaths in the life of a mystic scientist –
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. … Continue reading Deep Roots and Fearless Compassion
Praise for Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology written by David Abram, published by Pantheon Books, 2010 "Magic doesn't sweep you away; it gathers you up into the body of the present moment so thoroughly that all your explanations fall away: the ordinary, in all its plain and simple outrageousness, begins to shine – to become … Continue reading Praise for "Becoming Animal"
It's spring. Just beyond my window is a network of bare branches crowned with huge, luscious, magenta-rose magnolia blossoms. The bees have been with us for the last two summery days, gathering nectar from the cherries, wattles, native fushia, rhododendrons, camellias, azalias and others. The pines are in the throes of their annual orgy. A … Continue reading Welcome to Green Dharma Treasury
This site is a small seed planted today and is destined to grow, over time, into a significant library of Tarchin's contribution to the dharma.