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Listening to rock music on Spotify in Totnes gym and a sudden flashback to Palestine and liberating rock

Earlier this week, I took out a subscription to Spotify, the Swedish music streaming provider. It is the world’s largest such provider with over 365 million monthly active users. I wanted to listen to more music in the gym.

I am a member of the Church of Gymism for the past decade raising weights to heaven – sometimes called pumping iron. Before cycling off to the modest size gym in Totnes, I downloaded Rock anthems from the 1960s, 1970s, classical music etc.

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A former German Marxist wrote sentences of poignant beauty about the Buddhist tradition and the importance of deep wisdom

Edward Conze (1904-1979) ranks among the much loved commentators/translators in the Buddhist tradition. Although born in London, Conze came from a German family with their home in Langenberg, Germany. In the 1930s, he wrote The Principle of Contradiction, a Marxist inspired text on dialetical materialism. A fierce critic of Fascism, he found himself harassed for his views.  In 1933, the Nazis burnt his books in Berlin among thousands of other books, as they were deemed “unGerman.” Continue reading 



Photos. 13th year. Grandson and Grandfather.

Grandson. Photo taken on 03.04.2021. Taken at home in Totnes, Devon, England. In  his 13th Year.

Grandfather. Photo taken in 1957. Taken at John Fisher School, Purley, Surrey. England. In his 13th year. Continue reading 



S.N. Goenka. Emissary of Insight. A Review of a Biography of a Vipassana (Insight Meditation) teacher.

This biography gives an outline of the life of S.N. Goenka, an international Vipassana (Insight Meditation) Teacher, who set up around 120 vipassana centres (page 117) worldwide.

To his everlasting credit, Goenka ensured that all his centres stayed 100% true to the Buddhist tradition of dana (a donation, a gift, the practice of generosity) for all participants in his courses. The staff also offer their services freely. Continue reading 



Buddha Life, ZENful Life. 81 Buddhists Speak on the Meaning of Life. By Nicolae Tanase

Title — Buddha Life, ZENful Life:
81 Buddhists Speak on the Meaning of Life
Nicolae Tanase
ISBN — 979-8569492947
Cost — £15.99
Amazon link UK — https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NWP7J5B
Number of Buddhists: 81 (among others: Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Sulak Sivaraksa, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax, Christopher Titmuss, etc.) Continue reading 




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