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Oatly Oat Milk and its Investments. It might leave a bad taste in your mouth. 1 of 2

A couple of years ago, word travelled around Totnes, Devon, UK of the delicious taste of Oatly milk in coffee and tea. Customers would arrive at the Happy Apple store in Totnes at delivery time to ensure buying a couple of cartons. Continue reading 



12 Questions Related to these Times of a Pandemic of Uncertainy

Here are 12 questions. I believe we have many questions to address. Below is a short selection of them.

If we do not ask and explore such questions, we cannot move forward. Confirmation of answers shows in compassionate action, campaigns, protest and unprecedented change.

We will give up, become cynical or try to go back to the old ‘normal.’ The old ‘normal’ were the only conditions that resulted in the present situation. Continue reading 



In Times of Loss and Death. What is the Alternative to Acceptance or Grief?

 

We live in times of a certain intensity in a world of the predictable and the unpredictable. The global epidemic impacts upon perceptions increasing the levels of thoughts around health/sickness and life/death. Continue reading 



Our Beloved School, Bodh Gaya and the Virus

Our beloved school, Prajna Vihar School (School Abiding in Wisdom) in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, has shut its doors to its 600 pupils in the nationwide lockdown in India.

The inter-religious school is situated a few minutes’ walk from the Tree of the Buddha’s awakening. Started with 20 children in 1992, the school depends on numerous small donations from the worldwide Sangha. Continue reading 



Forests are burning. Minds are burning with fear and worry. Do we fly or do we stay at home?

Message from a reader of my blog on the Fires in Australia and my teaching schedule in Australia.

Hi Christopher,

This is a heart-breaking post. My heart goes out to the people and wildlife who are suffering in Australia. On the news today there were pictures of the worst flooding for fifty years in Venice and also the flooding in the north of England. We do indeed have to wake up to the new reality and it is up to each one of us to engage in ‘wise action’ in terms of our daily life and habits and I cannot see the justification in flying to the other side of the world to hold a retreat. That now seems to me a luxury the world cannot afford.

Dear Reader,

Thank you for your message.

I do not hold to the view that those who engage in service to others in various parts of the world should stop such service.

Aeroplanes and helicopters provide an important service to tackling the fires in a variety of ways.

Some of us tackle the fires of the mind.

Servants of people, animals and the environment cannot turn our back on others and cut ourselves off.

It is not a luxury the world can afford.




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