School of the Kicking Donkey

Teachings for freedom



on dana: perfecting the art of giving

The practice of the Buddhist philosophy is based first and foremost on self-improvement: without an effort to improve ourselves, there is no meaning in meditation, or in any part of the philosophy. To help to give a structure to this… Continue Reading →

to be honest with yourself

Honesty is one of the most basic and essential qualities that we look for in others. A liar and hypocrite is someone we can never trust – and if we cannot trust someone, what kind of relationship can we have… Continue Reading →


The god that I was brought up with demands blind faith. According to this god, or at least the people who preach his word, trust based on direct experience is not true faith: in one story, when a disciple refuses… Continue Reading →

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 →

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