20 June 2016 Guided sitting practice had already begun when I tiptoed into the Buddhist Society of Victoria’s meditation hall last Saturday morning. A row of nuns draped in robes of ochre, russet, and chestnut hues presided from either side of the illuminated Buddha statue at the front of the room. I located a spare

Kindness is what our mindfulness meditation is often missing, according to Buddhist teacher Venerable Ajahn Brahm. Last month in Bangkok I had the privilege of attending a one-day retreat with him, where he taught and guided us in ‘kindfulness’ meditation practice. Kindness… Mindfulness… Kindfulness. I’ve never heard the term before and I have to tell


Whenever the subject of meditation comes up with someone new, as it invariably does when one is about to publish a memoir about exploring the practice, I often get told, ‘I’d really like to meditate, but I can’t.’ ‘What makes you think that?’ I reply, at which point the person usually leans in towards me.