Photo: Yeshe Dorje
“You are what you eat.”
In this issue there are several articles about food including two recipes from Joys of Nepalese Cooking by Indra Majapuria. The recipes in her book are authentic, Nepalese fare: there are sections on soups, rice, pulses, noodles and vegetables. Multifarious meat and fish dishes are also covered.
has a Masters degree in herbal medicine from the University of Central Lancashire. She also runs foraging courses as well as creating recipes published on her site, including Nettle Cheese, Cooking with Seaweed, Clover Crispbreads and other unusual delicacies. In this issue we feature Monica’s Gratitude for Plants, sharing her interest in the spontaneous occurrence of plants … “just when you need them,” following the Cherokee creation belief that “each tree, shrub and herb, down to the grasses… shall appear to help man when he calls upon me in his need.”
Gavin Haines‘ article on the efficacy of honey in the relief of colds and coughs as an alternative to over-the-counter drugs makes for interesting reading. Many of his articles can be sourced in Positive News, “A magazine for good journalism about the things that are happening.”
Take care and wishing everyone a safe journey through the current times.
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Life holds but one commonplace mystery … time. Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little because we all know that an hour can seem an eternity or pass in a flash, according to how we spend it.
(From Momo, Michael Ende, Puffin Books, later made into the film … The Never Ending Story
Now that the world is in lockdown, we have the opportunity to look at ourselves in relation to how we spend our time.
In this edition of Many Roads for Bodhicharya, we have some ideas expressed in personal reactions to our lives in isolation expressed in poetry, prose and media.
Dr Miriam Maisel has produced a well-researched article, Are We Listening on the response of a world in disorder ; a world in which capital gains take precedence over responsible action to ameliorate the adverse results of climate change and the subsequent problems which arise.
In Maeve O’Sullivan’s Coronahaiku Sequence she has skilfully woven the theme of the virus into commonplace activities and images which evoke our sense of separation from each other and nature.
Then there is Fear: this is expressed in Jaiya John’s haunting rendition of his poem; and in contrast to Mia’s two takes on greed and fear written when she was 11 and 14 years old respectively.
For a long read, there is Yummamudra’s Crazy Wisdom with ideas on time and dance in relation to her determination to overcome the mundane aspects of life on our planet.
And there’s more…
I’m sure you will find something in this edition to help you through this new episode in our lives.
Take care of yourself and others and this time will pass.
A guid New Year tae yin an aw, an monie may ye see.
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INDIA TODAY: Yuval Noah Harari
Making positive choices about the environment is the theme in some magazine articles this summer. Monica Wilde, who I consider to be an eco-warrier, brings our attention to the reality that we can make life style choices which can have an effect on the environment and ultimately on ourselves. The disconnect in life, she suggests, occurs when there is no personal and positive action about our immediate environment.
In her article, Now is the Time for Action, Monica brings to the fore the importance of individual involvement in the face of an increasing crisis in climate changes which is already inimical to the quality of life on earth, to all life. She ends the article with the lucid reality that action is in your every waking moment as well as your dreams.
I am reminded of the shopkeepers and household residents in Indian towns and cities attentively sweeping the pavement outside their shops and houses and cleansing the air inside their rooms with smouldering pine leaves every morning before the start of their day.
Being mindful of our immediate environs is the beginning of a larger understanding of the state of our planet.
Concerning plastic in our lives, this recent article in The Guardian brings home the fact that “humans have made 8.3 billion tons of plastic since 1950” presented in a captivating illustrated format. (The Unted States of Plastic.)
In terms of the personal well-being of individuals-the internal environment of the body-Dr Miriam Maisel, a certified lifestyle physician and family practitioner, states in her webpage:
The main message of lifestyle medicine is that healthy eating along with physical activity can bring about dramatic improvements in many medical conditions, and reduce the need for long medications and even surgery.
In her article, Health Independence, Miriam looks at alternative ways of living that are not dependent on conventional medicines and treatments.
Albert Harris (Ed)
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War doesn’t determine who’s right – only who’s left.
Finding peace of mind is most important ; and in difficult times, when we pay attention, we are enveloped in a tidal wave of media and opinions that are almost certain to influence our way of thinking. To what extent we allow this to happen depends on our own skill in differentiating between what is true and what is not; what is relevant to our lives and others and what is not relevant.
Analysing commentary and discerning the truth of our world situation under these circumstances becomes difficult. Yet above all, we can promote and maintain a moral obligation to give succour to the afflicted in time of war. This is a paradox for the pacifist: how to protect the vulnerable against aggression.
Personally, on an individual level, we can be activists for peace by doing anything that is within our capacity to disseminate our views. In this context, Many Roads plays a small part in allowing readers with an interest in inner as well as world peace to have an opinion about how we can move forward with a compassionate view to finding a solution to evolving events both locally and universally.
With this in mind, readers are invited to offer opinions on events from an apolitical perspective. How would you act as an individual to bring about a more peaceful world?
Opinions matter. Let yours be heard in the next issue of Many Roads.
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Summer is coming to an end and the Autumn Equinox is around the corner. Already we’ve had our first crop of potatoes from one of our raised beds. They are clean and organic, with a real taste that you won’t get from supermarket produce. The brae berries are fat and sweet and the red currants are heavy on the branches. Various beans are late in coming because of the lack of summer sun but the mustard leaf just keeps on growing and tastes delicious either cooked or in a salad. And the apples and plums are almost ready to pluck.
In the magazine this time round we have some comments about the summer camp in Portugal as well as a personal review from Annie Dibble. Maeve O’Sullivan answers some questions about her latest edition of Haiku poetry, A Train Hurtles West, and we have another two poems from Angus Ogilvy. Monica Wilde provides information about a cure for painful insect bites and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel writes about dharma in the west…and lots more
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CHAU MEIN: Yeshe
DHARMA IN THE WEST: Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
MEADOW WOUNDWORT: Monica Wilde
TWO POEMS: Angus Ogilvy
LEAVING VIGO: Maeve O’Sullivan
DEATH SONG: Malcolm Sutherland
TROWLOCK ISLAND: Ann Inglis
BODHICHARYA SUMMER CAMP PORTUGAL: Annie Dibble
REMEMBERING HARRY: Diana Lilley
DENTISTRY IN NEPAL: Anita Selva
A TRAIN HURTLES WEST: Yeshe
SHE WANTED PEACE… Jaiya John
SUMMER CAMP PORTUGAL…Various Contributers
DURBAR SQUARE BHAKTAPUR
The earthquake in Nepal was unprecedented in the amount of damage that was caused to the fabric and the hearts of the people. The ancient cities of Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur have been badly hit. Little news has been heard about the villages to the north, west and east, although unofficial word is that many of the houses no longer exist. Roads have been made inaccessible by landslides and the opportunity for helicopters to land is hampered by the lack of suitable places in the maze of terraced fields.
Please pray for the people in Nepal who have been affected.
OM MANI PEME HUM
Approaching the middle of a wood…Cicely Gill
Are We Really Practicing?…Elizabeth Mattis
Grasping the Nettle…Monica Wilde
Kubli Chana...Mridu Shailaj Thanki
Letting Go of Avila…Maeve O’Sullivan
Prayer for Nepal…Jaiya John
Layman P’ang…Three Buddhist Poets
Karmapa…The Story So Far
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Schiehallion (Fairy Hill of the Caledonians), Perth and Kinross, Scotland by Yeshe
There has been a lot of talk and a lot written recently about mindfulness. I came across quite a few websites concerned with corporate-based mindfulness training (CBMT). There seems to have been a transposition of the Buddhist idea of mindfulness incorporated into business in order to decrease stress and improve productivity. Here is some blurb from a course in New York which features a photograph of uncomfortable-looking execs trying hard to be mindful:
Would you like to make better use of the precious time you have each and every day? Are you looking for opportunities to be more effective, calm, clear, and focused at work and at home? Are you interested in learning techniques to be more responsive and less reactive in everyday living?
Suits, shirts, shoes and ties seem the appropriate meditation wear for the course.
A course in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University describes the aim of the study as: Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental way.
David Brazier has a unique take on the current popular interest in mindfulness and calls it the new hula hoop. He relates that when he visited a neighbour his mother would remind him to be mindful of his manners: simply to remember where he is and be polite.
Maybe there is something in his straightforward approach to what it is to be mindful.
This Christmas and New Year, please be mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves and radiate love and compassion for all sentient beings. What better message can there be for this season of celebration.
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Spinach Pakora by Indra Majapuria
Coconut Vegetable Tofu by Kate Roddick
Wild Food Winter Salads by Monica Wilde
A Conversation with David Brazier by Yeshe
Universal Laws from Everything You Never Said
Big Buddha is Watching You by Christine Hawkridge
Community Champion’s Reflection by Ankhra
Healing the Wounded Heart by Annie Dibble
The Retired Miner by Cicely Gill
Reunion by Maeve O’Sullivan
The Combat by Edwin Muir
Pride by Annie Dibble
The Laughing Policeman by Charles Jolly