Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2010«

Vultures and charnel grounds – East and West

August 28, 2010


OK, I know this post is has little to do with developments in Buddhism here in the UK (pigeons are no match for vultures as a native avian species and our “health and safety gone mad” culture would present some pretty major obstacles). Nonetheless the subject is fascinating – let’s call it a meditation on impermanence… The incredible photographs are […]

The Four Maras

August 26, 2010


Having recently posted on Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s reflections on Buddhism in the West, I’m devoting some time to the Buddhist concept of “maras” as obstacles to practice. According to Dzigar Kongtrul: “There are many challenges on this path. These challenges, or maras, are not unique to the West; the works of maras are crucial buddhist […]

Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings with Changling Rinpoche in London, September 2010

August 25, 2010


Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings with Changling Rinpoche Sunday, 5 September 2010 4:00 – 7:00 PM Changling Rinpoche was born in Kalimpong, India, where he studied English at Dr. Graham’s School. At the age of ten he as recognized by both Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the main tulku of Changchub Ling Nyingma […]

New sites concerning the Triratna Buddhist Community

August 24, 2010


   Three new blog sites concerning the scandal-dogged Triratna Buddhist Community (renamed from the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) which appeared in recent months have come to my attention. The first, “Triratna Buddhism is a Cult” appeared in July, reproducing a letter sent by a former member “Prasannasiddhi” to senior Triratna official Dhammarati and […]

Buddhism in The West by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

August 23, 2010


This article was originally published in the Spring 2009 edition of the Dharma Dhristi Magazine, a section of the Mindrolling International website. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is a lama of the Longchen Nyingthik lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Khyen-Kong Chok-Sum lineages (those of Jamgon Kongtrul, Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa – […]

Buried with the Buddha

August 19, 2010


This article was originally printed in the Sunday Times on March 21, 2004. Buried with the Buddha For years, these tiny jewels lay forgotten in dusty boxes. Then one man made it his mission to unearth the truth about them: could they have been enshrined with the Buddha 2,500 years ago? Vicki Mackenzie investigates Paul […]

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche in the UK, September 2010

August 9, 2010


  This September, meditation master and renowned teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will be hosted in the North of England by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK to give a seminar on “The 5 Powers; How to Use Them in this Life and at the Time of Death.” Rinpoche will give a detailed commentary on the 5 Powers […]