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Do you have any real friends? Do you have any false friends?


We sometimes wonder who are our real friends. With a real friend, we can share our inner life. We can open our heart. We can talk openly about what we are feeling and thinking. With a real friend, we feel loved and understood.

Friendship matters. We do not need a lot of real friends. We only need two or three really close friends. Here are 12 pointers to real friends and 12 pointers to false friends. Continue reading 

Stress and Anxiety in Israel. Part Two of Two

The God of Israel has inflicted stress

and anxiety upon His people

Part Two

 3883 words

I can recall some of the inter-views and inquiry sessions over the past two decades and more with Israelis on retreats and elsewhere in the country. Some of the themes mentioned below have arisen several times in various ways. Similar issues rarely get mentioned on retreats in other countries where I teach.  Continue reading 

Stress and Anxiety in Israel. Part One of Two.

The God of Israel has inflicted stress

and anxiety upon His people

Part One

3444  words

The God of Israel has inflicted widespread doses of stress and anxiety upon his people. Few seem to escape the wrath of their God. The state of Israel appears to be in constant tension with itself, as well as with its neighbours. Continue reading 

Journey and retreat in India’ 12 February – 1 March 2016 with Ellen van Iersel and retreat with Christopher

‘Journey and retreat in India’ 12 February – 1 March 2016

18-day journey in India, incl 7-day vipassana retreat guided by Christopher Timuss

During this spiritual journey we will visit two of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage places. Bodhgaya, where Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, and Sarnath the place where he gave his first teachings.

In Sarnath we will take part in the 7-day vipassana retreat led by meditation teacher Christopher Titmuss. The retreat forms the heart of this journey. Your motivation to take part is essential for joining this adventure.

We will experience India to the fullest when travelling by train, staying in monasteries and during our visit to the holy city of Varanasi.

The journey will be guided by mindfulness trainer Ellen van Iersel. She has travelled and lived in India for almost 2 years.

“I hope to give people who are interested in meditation and Buddhism, but don’t want to travel in India on their own, the opportunity to meet this beautiful and inspiring country.” Ellen

For more information on the pilgrimage with Ellen, please go to

For more information on the Sarnath retreat from February 19, go to

Note from Christopher. Do join Ellen as your guide for the journey to India. She has a wealth of experience of India,  a wonderful mindfulness facilitator and a host of communication skills. A precious way to visit India, especially if it is your first time.

Israel/Palestine Photos. September 2015

Here is a link to 169 photos taken in Israel and Palestine in September 2015. Go to top right hand side of page and click in small box with arrow for toggle slideshow.

I am currently writing an essay on my recent visit to Israel. I first visited Israel in the very early 1990’s and until around 2007 came twice a year for two weeks each visit.

Since 2007, I have been coming once a year for 24 days to offer the Dharma.

I estimate I have made about 40 visits to Israel and about 20 visits to Palestine.

I will post the essay on the blog in the next week or two.

May all beings live with respect for each other

May all beings be without walls.

May all beings live in peace