School of the Kicking Donkey

Teachings for freedom

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how to be a mechanic of the mind

Today happened this. We were lifting a big beam into the ceiling with the whole team. They are so heavy that seven people need to lift at the same time. I was responsible for holding the security rope that made… Continue Reading →

the philosophy of an acrobat

the trouble with going to live in a cave

There is a story about a man who has a wife, whom he dearly loves, and yet every time he sees a beautiful woman, he can’t help but feel sexual desire for her. Because of this, he is ridden with… Continue Reading →

”He’s happy – not me”

One cold day in December many years ago, Eric, who at that time was a young man feeling old and world-weary (in the way that many young men feel at some point when life disappoints them for the first time)… Continue Reading →

the courage to ask for forgiveness

Most apologies mean very little. Much of the time, even when they come as a response to genuine wrongdoing, you can see this; that most apologies mean very little. They are based, not in real remorse, but on the impulse… Continue Reading →

“We are as we are…”

One cold evening this week, a group of us stayed up until midnight repairing a lot of headlamps, which were all apparently dead after only two years. They had been on the point of throwing them away and buying new… Continue Reading →

the beauty of being like water

The softness of water is its strength. As it moves and changes so easily, it’s impossible to break it. Touch it, and it moves to accept the space for your finger.It flows over anything, around anything, and it can adapt… Continue Reading →

the false friend of intuition

“Here, you’re not at school. If you give me an answer, you have to be able to tell me why.“ This is what Ajan said to Eric at one moment, when he was first starting to teach him meditation. Eric did… Continue Reading →

how to build a log house: a history of impossible efforts

In 1996, Eric first met Ajan and became his student. (I have already written the story of how that happened in a previous post here, and I have told the story here of how Eric’s house burned down, and why… Continue Reading →

“what is your aim in life?”

It took me some time in the beginning to have the courage to ask Ajan a question about meditation. When I finally did, instead of giving me answers, he asked me this. “Do you have an aim in life? What… Continue Reading →

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