: In case anyone is still listening, I made a piece of music: Slid - Music to Dissociate By. I like …

: 69: From Eiheiji A podcast recorded at Eiheiji temple. In the background you can hear the river that runs beside the …

: Japanese dawn.

: 68: Letting Go Of Stories A short talk on a line from Sandōkai, a short poem written by Sekito Kisen (700-790), a Chinese Zen …

: Dawn Feeling grateful for the returning light.

: Victoria

: 67: Thoughts on training with others Walking on the reserve, after some time away on retreat. Contains geese.

: Preparing for a trip up North I’m on the ridge walk again. I’m trying to get my fitness back ready for a trip up to Throssel. This …

: I wondered where the name for “stent” came from. The images in the wikipedia page on …

: 65: Still here Just a quick message. I’m still here, and I’ll be continuing the podcasts soon.

: 64: Home Back home after a retreat.

: The game’s afoot.

: 5,500 years.

: 63: Unbreakable Birdsong, and the constancy of It.


: 62: Moving, changing Back on the ridge walk, feeling gratitude and potential.


: The lake

: 61: Choice and getting punched in the face Thoughts after listening to a talk by Brad Warner, called The Zen Butterfly Effect

: 60: Just getting on with it Thoughts good habits and simplicity. Contains crows.

: 59: Any Questions? Message me on Twitter if you have any questions or thoughts. I’m @jwelby.

: End of day

: 58: Everything is exactly what it is, all the time. Back at the lake, and thinking about just being.

: Sunset

: 57: Always first steps My first walk for a while. This is about keeping things simple.


: 56: Don’t set up your own standards Thoughts on not rushing to try to correct everything, and how we should trust ourselves.


: 55: Mum My mother died of cancer just before Christmas. Here a few thoughts about her passing.

: My amazing mother died peacefully at 6pm 20 December 2020. I’m so grateful to have spent time …

: As my mother is now on end of life care, I’m able to visit her at the hospital. It’s a hard, hard …

: Sorry about not posting or podcasting for a while. A family member has just been diagnosed with a …

: 54: On greed Back at the lake, talking about greed, including spiritual greed. The podcast I mention is by Brad …

: Misty by the lake today.

: 53: Original Buddha Mind Back on the Ridge walk. Today I talk a little bit about a chapter from the Shobogenzo called …

: Wonderful walk today.

: 52: Staying centred I’m still here. An experiment in recording at home. I’ll be getting back into themed podcasts soon. …

: So many fungi on this walk.

: 51: Let go, again Once again the necessity of letting go in meditation is clear.

: Fresh

: 50: Time Thoughts on time, meditation and the self. I would strongly suggest reading “Uji”, a chapter of …


: 49: There is not a place where Kanzeon does not go A brief podcast from Trafalgar Square. I talk about how compassion is to be found everywhere and in …

: 48: Stepping back How meditation lets us see how we set up our own contexts, and allows us to let them go.

: 47: The possibility of nothing How not doing is just fine.

: 46: Meaning How meditation allows us to let go of undigested assumptions and find peace of mind and deep …

: Sunday morning

: 45: Not too tight, not too slack Keeping effort at the right level. I don’t mention it in the podcast, but the title is a …

: 44: Newton’s Third Law Of Buddhism More on balance and active training.

: 43: Dharma I finally get round to talking about Dharma, and how we can find the capacity to deal with things …

: 42: Push on Just a short one today, about pushing through resistance

: 41: Deep acceptance How sitting still with acceptance is deeply healing. I mention two Dharma talks which I listened to …

: 40: Active training Moving forward in difficulty, with a bright mind.

: 39: All work is Buddha work In the woods, unclear what to talk about, and a thank you.

: 38: More on boldness Scattered thoughts on the boldness of the mind that seeks the Way.

: 37: Stepping through the gate Thoughts on facing our fears and moving forward. The temple I mention is Todaiji in Nara.

: 36: Listening to the silence Finding peace wherever we are.

: 35: Connection A talk about taking refuge in the Sangha. We need to connect.

: 34: Stand up straight How meditation allows us to let go of habits of mind and body.

: Still going.

: 33: Pointing at the Moon Some thoughts on a well known Zen saying - When the teacher points at the Moon, only a fool looks at …

: 32: The experience of the senses Some reflections on our senses as teachers.

: 31: A solstice walk Dusk by the lake, and reflections on perspectives.

: 30: Lockdown as retreat How the last few days have felt like a meditation retreat, and how a retreat often feels.

: 29: Not the comfy chair! Why training to attain ease is ultimately unsatisfactory.

: 28: A Moment’s Pause I talk about one type of representation of the Boddhisatva of compassion, poised in thought.

: 27: The Buddha’s smile A bit of teaching which was passed on to me in my very first introduction to formal meditation. …

: 26: Keeping in touch with stillness The importance of daily meditation.

: 25: Only a Buddha helped by a Buddha Thoughts on teachers and students.

: 24: Start from where you are A simple bit of teaching which cuts through a lot of negativity.

: Shelter

: Fallen

: 23: Tribute to Norman Trewhitt A brief tribute to a friend who died a few days ago. I mention Throssel - that’s Throssel Hole …

: 22: Sacrificial bonfire Change and sacrifice. I talk about an XTC track from their 1986 album, Skylarking.

: 21: Not beginning, not ending Thoughts on emotions and being with others. There is a lot of wind noise on this recording. Sorry …

: Grow

: 20: Not Striving How not striving to become Buddha allows us to make progress in training.

: 19: Letting Go Recorded in a churchyard at the end of today’s walk.

: 18: The uses of the self How different aspects of the self are different aspects of training.

: On the path

: 17: Not setting up standards I’m back by the lake this morning. Today I’m talking about not wasting energy by struggling with …

: 16: Give up everything This talk is on a line from Dogen’s Rules for Meditation. I’m home now, so I can add some …

: 15: Including Everything This is about why I use the include.co.uk domain name for my website, and how including everything …

: 14: Keep Going A different walk today. I needed to exercise my legs so I drove to a nearby place where I could do a …

: 13: A Fine Idea at the Time Half asleep. Still going.

: 12: Being Somewhere Thoughts on how it is to be in any particular place.

: 11: Skepticism Why, done properly, it’s a good thing.

: 10: Jump In No. Not the lake.

: 9: Know Thyself Sounds heavy. Need not be.

: 8: Amidst the Myriad Mountains This recording is with a different recording device, so it’s in stereo and has generally …

: 7: Indra’s Net Another podcast on the hoof. This time I talk about Indra’s Net, a reminder that all things are …

: Duvet day I’ve been feeling really tired for the past few days. I’ve kept walking, but I haven’t felt up …

: 6: Clouds and Water Another recording from the lakeside. This one is about how unsui - the term used for a novice Zen …

: 5: Send Help Another podcast from next to the lake. Or it may have been in the lake. The boundary got kind fuzzy …

: 4: Being Awake To Ourselves And The Needs Of The Moment Another podcast recorded and posted on the hoof. This one is about Right Effort.

: 3: Take The Opportunity When It Arises A shorter one today, recorded and published in light rain.

: 2: Do Not Waste Time Another talk made and posted while walking. I mention a particular Buddhist scripture called …

: 1: What Is It Good To Do? I’m on a walk from my house, standing by a lake. I just made a quick one-take recording to try out …

: Buddy - Now in Oz.

: Reserve Walking is good. Seeing a bird with a beakful of nesting material is calming. Life is going on.

: I wanted to recommend this Zen talk. I would say more, but it speaks for itself. It was recommended …

: Thanks, Austin. After reading a post on the blog of the very excellent Austin Kleon, I sat down and started to make …

: The Great Earth

: A couple of years ago an old VW Beetle near me was written off in a crash. On the anniversary of the …

: Edinburgh Buddha

: Somewhere over the Midlands

: Lewis chessmen

: Blue Brutalism

: Temple complex, Yoshino

: Change

: Walk on

: Signal

: Waves

: Neolithic

: “Miracles bring forth miracles. Do not think that miracles sometimes do and sometimes do not happen. …

: Build

: Pass through

: Blocks

: Prism

: Postcard from the Future

: Torso in Metal - Jacob Epstein

: Back again.

: Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.