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Sixteen Questions and Answers on Karma. Views on Good and Evil

An exploration of karma (actions/deeds with consequences) needs to be brought into public conversation in the West on personal, social and political issues. Continue reading 



A Nose and a Hand-kerchief. Cultural Differences. Different Strokes for Different Folks

While teaching a residential course last week in the Pauenhof Buddhist Zentrum, in Germany, I heard a graphic example of differences in culture. I have expanded on it to make a point.
A person went to India and witnessed Indians blowing their nose with head pointing down to the ground – one finger on one nostril and then the other nostril.
The Westerner said to her travelling companion: “That’s disgusting.”
A little while later, a Westerner in India blew his nose into their handkerchief and then put their handkerchief back into their pocket.
An Indian turned to his companion and said: ” She put her handkerchief back into her pocket. That’s disgusting.”
To summarise: We easily jump to conclusions about the behaviour of another with no idea how our behaviour may appear to others.
From The Ballad of East and West by poet Rudyard Kiplin (1865-1936)
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! |
Do you have an example of cultural differences?


New UK Prime Minister is Rishi Sunak, a practising Hindu. Will the PM endorse the teachings of the Hindu tradition to develop our society? 17 Questions to the PM.

Here are 17 Questions to the new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a Hindu from an Indian family. The questions invite the PM to bring the wisdom of the Hindu tradition into the heart of politics and society in the UK. Continue reading 



A Guided Meditation. Talk. Making Amends. Transformation of the Old. Atonement.

Tovana, a Dharma network in Israel, invited me to offer teachings on Yom Kippur, two major holy-days in the Jewish calendar. Tal of Tovana hosted the sessions.  I gave six 60-minute sessions, three sessions on Day of Repentance and three sessions on Day of Atonement on 3 -4 October 2022. See previous blog on Day One. Day of Repentance. Continue reading 




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