The mind is not the brain

  As far as the Buddha’s concerned, our mind, our consciousness, our capacity for cognition, is not physical, not the brain, not even a function of the brain. Nor is it the handiwork of a creator, like a soul, nor does it come from our parents. Without insulting...
Postcard 78 from Robina, Cumbria, March 26, 2017

Postcard 78 from Robina, Cumbria, March 26, 2017

It was straight to London from Riga, February 6, for two months in the UK. From Heathrow I took a train to London. As usual, instead of flying, my usual method of getting around the world, I got myself a senior’s train pass that allowed me to go where and when I...
Postcard 74 from Robina, Delhi, October 24, 2016

Postcard 74 from Robina, Delhi, October 24, 2016

I’ve been a month in India since leaving Kathmandu on September 24. Delhi first, then changed flights for Dharamsala – as they call the airport in Kangra, even though it’s 40 minutes southwest of Dharamsala. This was my first visit since I left in April 2011, which is...
Postcard 70 from Robina: Dunedin, June 5, 2016

Postcard 70 from Robina: Dunedin, June 5, 2016

I flew to Auckland on Friday, May 20. It’s less than three hours from Sydney. New Zealand! I haven’t been here for 10 years, perhaps longer. I like this place. It’s small, for a start – less than the population of Melbourne, which is 5 million or so. Some nice cities,...
Postcard 66 from Robina: Bogotá, January 25, 2016

Postcard 66 from Robina: Bogotá, January 25, 2016

A pre-dawn drive with Violette and Francois from Marzens to Toulouse airport got me to my plane for London. I had a six-hour wait, which is not unusual. Because I have so many miles in my Qantas plan, I get to stay in the first class lounges at the airports, some of...