Is Islam a threat to Western civilisation or is the West the real threat to itself?

I have much  affection and respect for the Muslim communities. I had the opportunity in 1967 and after to travel to Muslim countries – Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sumatra/Java (Indonesia) plus numerous annual visits to Palestine between 1993 to 2019. I learnt to appreciate the virtues and not deny the vices of the Muslim world. I take much the same view of the West – much to appreciate and much to feel deep concern about.

As a founder of Prajna Vihar School in Bodh Gaya, India in 1992, we begun an inter-religious school to cultivate harmony and understanding between teachers and young people of different faiths and secular beliefs. Action speaks louder than words.

Christopher e News. Teaching Schedule. Residential and Zoom. October 2022 to October 2023

Lives of the Dead. A book of death poems by Hanoch Levin, an Israeli playwright. A review. Provocative. Frank. Uncomfortable Reading

I received an email from a Dharma friend in Israel recommending I read playwright/poet, Hanoch Levin (1943-1999), who lived in Tel Aviv. I checked out some of his writings on social media and then purchased his collected poems Lives of the Dead. …

Guidelines for Managers for Dharma Teachings, via Zoom

I am writing to thank all managers for your immense support which enables the Dharma Teachings/Practices on Zoom to take place.

The number of Zoom/Skype meetings have grown over the months.

I have written Guidelines for Zoom Managers for my Zoom Dharma Teachings. I have mentioned details which will make it easier for myself with the workload and benefit those who register for Zoom teachings. The Guidelines show point of mindfulness for the managers to iron out and enable me to tweak any details I overlooked.

I teach in five time zones. I can set up a time zone but perhaps there is a change weeks later of one hour for summer or winter season in UK or elsewhere, or different time zones within other countries, or I make mistake. The two time zones fail to connect. Oops. It has happened. Apologies.

Some of the points listed below may be useful for other managers ensuring Zoom programmes take place with co-ordination with international content and time zones.

I have noticed on the statistics on this blog an ongoing increase in views. For example, there were more than 250,000 views of this blog since January 2021. It only takes a very tiny percentage of comments/inquiries to make a lot of daily emails in the in-box.

You may have more points. Let me know If any point is not clear. I can adjust text and send again to managers. Read the Guidelines carefully.

Zoom. Right Effort. Right Endeavour. Saturday 11 June 2022. Three 60-minute Sessions. Hosted in Israel.

Series of Talks/Practices on each link in Noble Eightfold Path. Israel time zone (one hour ahead of CET).
Saturday 11 June 2022

Right Effort/Right Endeavour. One day with one link per month.

What is worth applying a measure of effort towards?
What is wise effort? What is unwise effort in daily life?
Is pushing oneself a compensation for tiredness and resistance?
What shows intensity, pressure, control, will power?
What shows the skilful application of extra energy
What shows love in right endeavour?
Right means comprehensive, fulfilling, and ethical.

8.45 am – 9.45 am Israel time. (7.45 am – 8.45 am CET). Talk. Guided Meditation
13.45 – 14.45. Israel Time. (12.45 – 13.45 CET). Talk. Q and A. and Guided Meditation
16.00-17.00 CET. Israel Discussion Groups (without a teacher)
19.45 – 20.45 Israel Time. (18.45 – 19.45 CET). Talk Q and A.

Do join for a single session or more. For new and experienced in the exploration of daily life employing mindfulness and more.

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