The Fog of Ignorance

The Fog of Ignorance

Stephen rejoices in clarity: The fog of ignorance burned off by the rising sun of bright exalted wisdom, even the dew evaporating quickly. While obscured by this fog we are unable to see the vast landscape of karma and its effects only what is within our limited...
The Present

The Present

Stephen explores wanting: Anticipating an imagined future when we will finally be satisfied, we wish away the present, dissatisfied in every passing moment. Reminiscing about an idealized past when we had been happy, we long to return to that time, refusing to accept...
Hospital Pilgrimage

Hospital Pilgrimage

Jonathan Owen has been studying Dharma and Tibetan language in Dharamsala, India for a couple of years now and looked forward to his dad’s visit from the U.S. They had a wonderful time as Jon shared his enthusiasm for Buddhism and took his dad to his favorite temples...
In Praise of Trinley

In Praise of Trinley

Rebecca did the one-month winter retreat on refuge with the Abbey community and wrote this poem at the conclusion. I have found strength Joyous strength Capable of bestowing love. It is humble For it has Arisen in dependence upon A goal not yet actualized In self or...
Harmony

Harmony

A poem by inmate Al Ramos during Retreat from Afar Imagine if you will a world where everyone and everything is in perfect harmony. There are acorns upon this path and in each one is the potential. The shimmering reflection of grand oak trees. Sanctuaries whose roots...
Faith and Gratitude

Faith and Gratitude

Stephen Taul is a current resident at the Abbey and completed the one-month retreat. May I have unwavering faith in the truth of reality unwavering faith in the omniscient who embody it unwavering faith in the wise who expound it unwavering faith in the compassionate...