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All links in blue are live and can be downloaded from this page.  Other references have sufficient information to search through your internet browser.


Teachings are added from time to time and are avaialable for download here:

Buddha with
Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem
(Will James)

Form, the Formless and the Cessation
(Will James)

Inquiry - A Factor of Awakening
(Rowan Holden)

Inquiry Into Inquiry
(Rowan Holden)

Why Emptiness Is Important
(Rowan Holden)

Is Buddhism a Doctrine of Invulnerability?
(Rowan Holden)

Right Effort
(Rowan Holden)

Violence and Discomfort
(Rowan Holden)

Buddha's Words on Loving-kindness - a translation
(translator unknown)

The teachings above have been given or referred to by Teachers at Tallowwood Retreats, Meditation gatherings or Days of Mandfulness.

The writings below have been quoted at various Tallowwood Retreats:

John O’Donahue: ‘Your Kalyna-mitra’ (Spiritual Friend) and ‘Blessing for the Senses’ in his book of poetry, writings and philosophy Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom published 1997 by Deckle Edge

Nisargadatta Maharaj: quote -
                    “Love says I am everything.
                    Wisdom says I am nothing.
                    Between the two, my life flows.”

Mulla Nasrudin (the Sufi wise fool) The non-duality story on identifying himself in the mirror is retold by Joy Mills

Mulla Nasrudin and the story of carrots is retold by Dan Keding in Elder Tales: Stories of Wisdom and Courage from Around the World


Freedom's Edge
(Rowan Holden)

All is Arising in Emptiness
(Rowan Holden)

Sometimes .............
(Rowan Holden)

Skip It
(Jonathan Lockyer)

The poetry below has been referenced at various Tallowwood Retreats:

• Ajahn Chah: Do Not Try

• Mary Oliver: Wild Geese, When Death Comes, Summer’s Day, The Journey

• Hafiz: Deepening the Wonder, Cast All Your Votes For Dancing, With That Moon Language

• Rumi: That Lives In Us

• Xinxin Ming: Faith In Mind

• Galway Kinnell: Saint Francis and the Sow


Inquiry into Truth  Bali Retreat, 30 May 2016  (Will James)                          40:21 mins

Inquiry into Awareness  Bali Retreat, 1 June 2016 (Will James)                  32:29 mins

Dharma Practice  North Farm Day of Mindfulness, 26 June 2016 (Will James)     33:04 mins

Talk on Meditation -1  North Farm Day of Mindfulness, 30 Oct 2016 (Will James)    40:32 mins

Devotion - the Teaching of the Heart  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2017 (Will James)  40:38 mins

Insight into Meditation  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2017 (Will James)      42:08 mins

Dharma Inquiry  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2017 (Will James)                 46:45 mins

The Truth of the Noble Ones  North Farm Day of Mindfulness, 26 February 2017
(Will James)   
28:49 mins

Anicca (Impermanence)  North Farm Day of Mindfulness, 25 Jun 2017 (Will James)    34:40 mins

Dharma Life, Dharma Practice  North Farm Day of Mindfulness, 27 Aug 2017       (Will James)    39:26 mins

Wisdom and Compassion  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2018 (Will James)          46:08 mins

Self and Not-Self  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2018 (Will James)      50:36 mins

Freedom of the Heart-Mind  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2018 (Will James)        50:31 mins

Talk on Meditation - 2  North Farm Spring Retreat, 23 November 2018 (Will James)    17:01 mins

Freedom  North Farm Spring Retreat, 23 November 2018 (Will James)    37:19 mins

Love and Liberation  North Farm Spring Retreat, 24 November 2018 (Will James)     36:13 mins

The Dharma of Just This  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2019 (Will James)            50:40 mins

The Movement of the Heart  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2019 (Will James)            42:49 mins

Consciousness  Sangsurya Retreat, January 2019 (Will James)            50:06 mins

Dharma non-duality and the environment  Sangsurya Retreat, July 2019 (Will James)            32:28 mins

Further audio teachings are in preparation.

Other resources

Suggested readings, books and websites for exploration:

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha  
Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
Jay L Garfield
The Sound of Silence
Ajahn Sumedho
The Mind and the Way
Ajahn Sumedho
Light on Enlightenment
Christopher Titmuss
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
In the Buddha's Words
Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Wise Heart
Jack Kornfield
The First and Last Freedom
J Krishnamurti
J Krishnamurti
The Experience of the Samadhi
Richard Shankman
Seeing That Frees
Rob Burbea
The Island
    This book can be downloaded
Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro

The book references below have been quoted at various Tallowwood Retreats:

John Welwood:              Toward a Psychology of Awakening:
Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal
Spiritual Transformation
Chapter 16: “Dancing on the Razor’s Edge”

Oliver Sacks:
Gratitude. Published 2015 by Knopf Canada

Women in the Dharma:
Grace Schireson  
Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
Published 2009 by Wisdom Publications

Sallie Tisdale
Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom
Published 2007 by Harper

Camille Helminski
Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure. Writings and Stories of Mystic Poets, Scholars and Saints
Published  2003 by Shambala

Zenshin Florence
Caplow (Editor),‎
Reigetsu Susan
Moon (Editor),
Zoketsu NormanFischer (Foreword)
The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Published 2013 by Wisdom


Ani Choying Drolma:
Great Compassion Mantra

Deva Premal:
Gate Gate on album ‘Love is Space’           

The following links might also offer teachings of interest: