Browsing All Posts filed under »Buddhism in the west«

West’s first Buddhist mission was in London

March 22, 2015


By William Hollingsworth, The Japan Times, 18 March 2015 LONDON – Buddhists in Japan — aided by an Irishman — established the religion’s first Western mission in London, according to research by a team of academics in Ireland and Japan. The recent discovery overturns the long-held assumption that the first Buddhist mission in the West […]

The Dalai Lama and Sogyal Rinpoche: A Roaring Silence?

August 15, 2012


This is a guest-post by an author who wishes to remain anonymous, who recently contacted me through a mutual friend. Having covered in this blog matters of interest concerning the transmission of Buddhism in the West and particularly the UK, this though-provoking article is pertinent, so I am happy to share it here with my […]

The “Conmanship” of Akong Tulku – Chogyam Trungpa, 1977

December 15, 2011


The following text is an excerpt from the epilogue of the third edition of Chogyam Trungpa’s autobiography “Born in Tibet“, published in 1977. In 1967 Trungpa, together with Akong Tulku, had founded Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire, Scotland – the first Tibetan Buddhist centre in the West. This text was not included in earlier prints or […]

1992 BBC documentary concerning the FWBO (Triratna Buddhist Community)

September 16, 2011


This video, recently uploaded to the internet by the Dialogue Ireland website, is called ‘Going For Refuge’. It was made by BBC (East) and broadcast in the Eastern region of the UK on 12 November 1992, as part of BBC East’s ‘Matter of Fact’ series. It is about the organisaton formerly known as The Friends […]

Visionary Realms – An interview with Robert Beer

February 25, 2011


Back in July 2010 I blogged about the legendary British Buddhist artist Robert Beer and the launch of his website: “Tibetan and Newar Tantric Art – The Robert Beer Online Galleries“. Robert was recently interviewed about his work and career by Frank Olinsky at Tricycle Magazine and I reproduce it here for you. Enjoy! Visionary Realms – An interview […]


February 6, 2011


“The Buddhist tradition calls our time the kaliyuga, an era of increasing darkness, heaviness, disorder and friction. In symbolic terms it is said that aeons ago, beings had bodies of light, but over time, their embodiment grew more material and more dense. In psychological terms, people feel more constrained on all sides by limitations, obstacles […]

B. Alan Wallace on the Pursuits of Understanding, Happiness and Virtue

January 7, 2011


Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist […]