further into the edge

Moving to the edge, camping out in city squares and patches of green, ‘OWS’ rushes from the cemented pathways of our trajectory to self destruction. It resists a future scripted by soulless machinery which cheer leads a less than human military-industrial-empire that pummels the earth in its maddened claw. It is a reclamation of soul….we shall find our soul waiting or us in the night, at the brink, in the exile from the known. I’ll meet you there, in the wilderness of the now.

“You, darkness, that I have come from
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything –
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them!
powers and people –

and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.

I have faith in nights”


“…everything which surrounds the conscious, its edges, its limits and which threatens death and extinction, which can be a place of misery and exile, may also be the occasion of new insights for the community or individual” chetwynd

🙂 thanissara

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About Thanissara

Thanissara is Anglo-Irish and originally from London. She trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah for 12 years as a Buddhist nun. With Kittisaro, her husband and teaching partner, she has taught meditation retreats internationally since 1992. In 2000 they founded Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre on the border of South Africa and Lesotho - www.dharmagiri.org - and helped initiate, fund, and guide several AIDS response projects in KwaZulu Natal. Currently they support Kulungilekids.org Thanissara has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from the UK, and is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA, USA. She is co-author with Kittisaro of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Guide to Engaged Buddhism, author of Time To Stand Up, A Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth, and of two poetry books, Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra, and Garden of the Midnight Rosary. She lives in the Bay area, and spends time each year in South Africa, teaching and supporting Dharmagiri.

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