Student Contributions

Contributions from Ordinary Mind Zen students

Trees, grass, dirt and earth: ancient wisdom and modern insights
Contribution by Penny

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Just sitting is the essential Zen way to realising our connection with all things, but like many I find spending time in nature is also important to help me remain balanced when faced with personal challenges […]. I am grateful for the inspiration of ancient Indigenous wisdom..”
Link to Penny’s contribution.
The Three A’s
Contribution by Tom


“Zen groups often begin their sutra service with the Purification verse […] As I say this short verse to myself while sitting on my cushion most mornings, I have begun to translate these ‘poisons’ into language I relate to more comfortably, using the mnemonic ‘The Three A’s’.
Click here to read the contribution from Tom
Extraordinary Mind
Contribution by Richard

“Over the last month I’ve been experimenting with night photography and image processing, with a recent attempt in my backyard resulting in the photo below […] This is a photo of the galactic core. It is the centre of our Milky Way galaxy in which we live”
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Alone on My Zafu
Contribution by Adrien

Adrien reflects on the experience of attending his first sesshin – including his own drawings! You can enjoy his contribution here
No Way
Contribution by Tom


Tom shares with us a reflection on No Way. You can read it here
Beginning Mind- Taking Refuge in The Buddha
Contribution by Tom

Tom shares with us a reflection on Beginning Mind – Taking Refuge in the Buddha. You can read it here