School of the Kicking Donkey

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meditation

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 →

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 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 →

“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 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 →

“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 →

the ear of an elephant

When you watch Ajan listening to someone, it’s quite a sight to behold. He sits leaning forward in his chair, his eyes opened so wide they’re almost bulging, tilting his head towards the speaker – absolutely all of his attention… Continue Reading →

fear

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” (Bertrand Russell.) A story goes that in the early years of knowing each other, Eric and Ajan… Continue Reading →

why meditation is like catching flies

Now it is summertime, we have a lot of flies that want to come in the house and we need to have good screens on our windows. Despite the screens, we still need to catch flies from time to time… Continue Reading →

what will you do at the time of death?

“I am ready to die right now.” I remember the peculiar feeling that arose in me at these words – like being pushed off-kilter, my comfortable assumptions about how life was wobbling and shaking. I remember my shock, admiration, and… Continue Reading →

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