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      I broke my back and spinal cord in a mountaineering accident and, unfortunately, was paralysed as a result. Along with the kidney donation, I added to my will that I wish to bequeath my body to science; and there is just a hope that by examining the break in my back something might be…

  • Lorna & Bill & the Samye Ling Archives A Tribute

    I first met Lorna Watson at Johnstone house, in the old shrine room of Samye Ling Monastery in Eskdalemiur, Southern Scotland. It was 1987 and Akong Rinpoche was beginning to formalise his Tara Rokpa Therapy Process:  we were both part of a group that spent three days in retreat with Rinpoche and Edith Irwin, completing…

  • Cauliflower Leaves with Potatoes

    Cauliflower Leaves with Potatoes

    Cooking time:: 15 – 20 minutes leaves of 1 cauliflower ( chopped fine) 1 medium potato (peeled and chopped into 8 pieces) 1 teaspoonful of coriander powder 1/4 teaspoonful of chopped chillies 1/4 teaspoonful of turmeric 1 teaspoon of amchoor 1/2 teaspoon of salt Bahhgaar (Whole spices are browned in hot oil or ghee before…

  • Sir Nicholas Winton

    Sir Nicholas Winton

    What seemed so poignant to me about the film Schindler’s List was the cool, unabbreviated examination of man’s inhumanity to man in the context of the holocaust. The story concerns the relocation of the Polish Jews from Krakow in late 1939, shortly after the beginning of the second world war. (Such a momentous faux pas…

  • Anne Katrin Voss: Interview

      Michele Can you tell us about yourself and briefly about your background in education? Anne Katrin Well, a lot of people ask me why I usually wear orange or purple clothes and a lot of people ask me whether I had been an Osho follower: I never was actually. As you can see behind…

  • A Sea Change

    A Sea Change

    Fife Shipyard used to be one of the greatest boatbuilders in the world. I believe it’s still there at Fairlie – just a way south of Greenock on Scotland’s west coast. In 1929 they built their most successful racing yacht, a classic metre-class boat, Caryl, the only British metre-class yacht to race against the Yanks…

  • Edinburgh Festival 2023

    Edinburgh Festival 2023

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  • Falafel


    INGREDIENTS 650g canned chickpeas, drained 1 red onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 100g wholemeal bread 2 small red chillies 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp chopped coriander, plus extra to garnish 1/4 cup of yoghurt 100g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs vegetable oil for deep frying salt and pepper to taste TO SERVE tomato and cucumber…

  • Free School Opens in Delhi:  Good News Network

    Free School Opens in Delhi: Good News Network

    A Dehli police officer who managed to crawl his way out of the city slums as a child is now giving back to poor children who live the lifestyle of skipping school and working odd jobs. With his free school, when class is in session in the parking lot of the famous Red Fort, Than…



    A Buddhist Peacemaker Born in Vietnam in 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh has been a peacemaker since his ordination as a Buddhist monk at the age of 16. During the Vietnam War, he helped villagers who were suffering as a result of bombing. He opposed his government’s policies and as a consequence was exiled from his…



    Dr Kai Syng Tan is an artist,  curator, researcher, and consultant who lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is known for her interdisciplinary/intercultural approach to making interventions in the world around her. She was diagnosed with ADHD in 2015 and since then has become an advocate for the notion of neurodiversity. She initiated a major…


    Dealing with life, death and beyond



    Dusk, a tub full of freshly picked Autumn raspberries, a warm moody sky, and you appear out of nowhere!


    AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIEN GRYPE We’re sitting in a little room at the end of a row of units used as accommodation for the volunteers and residents of New Life Thailand. This room is commonly used for counselling, life-coaching and therapy. Julien sits across the table looking calm despite his busy schedule as a meditation teacher…

  • Bodhicharya Caribbean

    Rinchen came to the Caribbean from England when he was 22 and lived in the Leewards during the ’70s and ’80s working in the islands – and living the life of a lay Buddhist.

  • A Musical Ramble

    Music has been always been important in my life. One of my earliest memories is, as a child, hearing Johnnie Rae singing “Cry”. The lyrics meant nothing but the melody stuck in my head. I would sing along with it but a three-year-old trying to copy the song must have looked and sounded a bit…

  • Tribute to Jack Niland with Love

    The whole story is a fairy tail and as such, it took place in quite difficult circumstances for both of us. But first we need to roll up in time, because the story starts in 1977.