We all need knowledge-holders

  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...

If something is true, it must be coherent theoretically

  I was brought up as a Catholic. I had faith in God. I loved God; I was in love with God. So the concept of a creator – this is what defines religion for us – is that there is this energy, this being, who doesn’t itself have a source, has always been, is...

In his approach, Buddha is more scientific than religious

  Part of the problem for many of us is that as soon as we hear the word Buddhism, we straight away go into our religious mode, don’t we? We think it’s about believing things.    We can so easily fall into the trap of a kind of intellectual laziness...
Postcard 71 from Robina: Borobodur, June 29, 2016

Postcard 71 from Robina: Borobodur, June 29, 2016

From Auckland in New Zealand I flew to Sydney and then drove on Thursday June 9, with my sister Jan, the two hours west to the Blue Mountains for our weekend course at Kunsang Yeshe Centre. It’s winter here in Australia. Sydney never gets that cold, but nights can be...
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,...