Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...
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 75 from Robina, Kathmandu, November 20, 2016

Postcard 75 from Robina, Kathmandu, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, November 16: we’re back in Kathmandu, having just finished my twelfth three-week pilgrimage to Nepal and India, which raises funds for Liberation Prison Project. Well, actually, the first was in 2001, so it’s the sixteenth, but it’s my twelfth. And I’m not...
Postcard 72 from Robina, Melbourne, August 9, 2016

Postcard 72 from Robina, Melbourne, August 9, 2016

I flew from Jakarta to Perth June 29 and was met by Julia Kelly, who runs the Hayagriva Study Group in Albany, in the southwest corner of the state, and we drove the five hours there. I was there for the first few days of July. Left: the beach at Albany. Right: Here’s...
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,...