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  When I first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia, in 1976, I knew I wanted a spiritual path but I didn’t know I needed a spiritual teacher: a mentor, a lama, a guru.   The fact is, whatever we learn, the...
Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

I left off postcard 76 with this: “Tomorrow, Friday January 13, I fly to Stockholm, via London. In Sweden for two weeks, the UK for two months, then other bits of Europe till mid-July.” Actually, I missed out a place: Martigny in Switzerland. François, Violette and I...
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 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

Postcard 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

It’s six weeks since I left Los Angeles, at 10:30pm Monday March 28, and landed in Sydney 15 hours later, at 6:30am Wednesday the 30th. It was Spring in California and Autumn in Sydney, but it felt pretty much the same, weather-wise. I went straight to my sister...
Postcard 44 from Robina: Wodonga, Sunday, August 31, 2014

Postcard 44 from Robina: Wodonga, Sunday, August 31, 2014

After sleepy Hobart it was on to busy, loud Sydney, which, of course, I like a lot. I was based there for the month of August, coming and going. First it was Vajrayana Institute itself, the Sydney centre (photo Vajrayana Institute)… … and then to their...