This is...a flashback,slice of a previous life.from a time way backwhen I was around 10sharing apricotswith dear lama Purtse. ‘lama apricots’that’s how we called him.he practiced his whole lifewith the same certaintyalone or with plenty,he was always there,diligentlydedicating his lifeto the three sacred jewels:the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.I remember him fondly:apricots, dharma and consistency. Lama Purdse … Continue reading Lama apricots
Yesterday, I had a lovely time, teaching special yoga in a local disabled centre. We reflected on kindness and on bodhicitta - wishing good things for ourselves, the persons we love, those we don’t like, all the sentient beings around us: the animals - pets and wild - plants, the planet... Everyone! We all enjoyed … Continue reading An encounter with God
Thích Nhất Hạnh is a 90 year old Vietnamese Zen Master. He is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings. To my opinion, he is one of the greatest teacher of our time... Picture by Kelvin Cheuk - PlumVillage.org “When another person makes you … Continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh
"Hands of Compassion” by Mayumi Oda. In these challenging times we get to see a lot of people - especially women - rising and standing up for their voices to be heard. After decades of feminism, western women have become strong and powerful. "The fight isn't over" I hear some of you say. Sure. But … Continue reading The Modern Bodhisattva
Boy and I often discuss quotes during car journeys. We often mention Gandhi's quotes. I usually introduce them when they are relevant to whatever discussion we are having. One of our favourites that we like to remind each other of is : “There is enough for every man's need but not for every man's greed”. … Continue reading Who is the best at dancing in the rain?
As I told you last night, we have been spending quite some time in and around Brighton earlier on this week... well, this is why: Boy named them Sam and Tim (the small one is Tim, the big one is Sam...). Liberating animals - especially sea creatures - is something I used to do back in my mid … Continue reading Getting Sam and Tim back home…
"The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you grow there?” - The Buddha. I took a week off blogging last week, as I have been reflecting on the loss of Chatral Rinpoche. As the western world is busy mourning David Bowie, truth be said I … Continue reading Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche
In Buddhism, Green Tara is often referred to as the women's ally. Her mantra is : oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha. "Tārā also embodies many of the qualities of feminine principle. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth … Continue reading Making peace with reality