Editorials

SPRING HAS SPRUNG…

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                                              Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring 
                                              Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling: 
                                              The Bird of Time has but a little way 
                                              To flutter–and the Bird is on the Wing. 

                                                                                          The Rubaiyat, VII by Omar Khayyam

This month, we have a couple of new sections – Humour and Features.  In Humour we have Cricket – As Explained to a Foreigner.  I’ve never understood the game and understand it even less now.

Features contains a couple of spring recipes:  one for a mouth-watering Nepalese Curryand another for a Garlic Dressingcontributed by Monica Wilde, a herbalist and forager.

Dr Gwen Enstam has reviewed Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s enlightening and motivational text, Taming the Tigerwhich contains instructions on meditation techniques and the cultivation of compassion in oneself for others.

Meditation:  What’s the Point? is a film of a public talk with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.  I Call You Legendary by Jaiya John recites a poem he presented at the Florida Dependency Summit.

Kate Roddick, a health-care practitioner has made her first contribution with her poem, Sometimes.

Eddie Buck is back with Days 1 and 2: End to End, recounting his fascinating journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a bike.

David Syme is a new contributor with his fascinating account of  his visit to Tibet.  David is a retired linguist and Changing Tibet is based on a presentation he gave at a University of the Third Age gathering.

Finally, there is a piece I wrote a while ago, I Was There, an account of my time in India when Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

In case you haven’t subscribed yet to Many Roads, you can do this on https://bodhicharya.org/manyroads/about/

For the next issue, photographs, music, film and book reviews, poetry and recipes are welcome along with anything else you would like to submit.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Albert

 

 

SPRING EDITORIAL

 

 

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Today is the first day of spring, the  vernal equinox, and I came across some unlikely news in a publication, International Business Times. The column reminds the readers that this day is also the undeclared UN International Day of Happiness.  There is a surprising article about this day in the paper where it rather poetically states:

...in the world that has always been basking in the glory of economic prosperity and material gain and measuring the substance of growth only in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it is hard to imagine the possibility of looking at progress through the perspective of people’s happiness.

The article then continues to use the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as an example of striking a balance  between the material and the spiritual welfare of its citizens hoping to impart happiness to all.

Ironically, there is news on the same page of a Tibetan mastiff puppy being sold for $2 million in China.  That’s going to make somebody happy.

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How did I celebrate International Day of Happiness?  Between downpours, I potted some seeds in the hope they would germinate for replanting in the early summer.

This month we have articles from the usual sources.

Journey into Buddhism relates Ernie Buck’s experience of dharma and how he found his spiritual home.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche explains how the world benefits from the three concepts of Healing, Helping and Harmony.  The short video is taken from a page on the Bodhicharya website.

Jaiya John reads his poem I Call You Legendary from the Florida Dependency Summit To all who attended the Everest Restaurant.

Thank to all who attended the Rigul Trust Fund-Raising Night.
We hope you enjoyed the food and entertainment and we would welcome any comments and suggestions. 
 
We raised £322 and I have added another £120 from a previous sale of jewelry and clothes, making the total £442.  This was made up to £501 with money from a jar.
 
Again, thanks to everyone who came and hope to see you at the next do.
 
Love and peace
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Happy faces at the Rigul Trust fund-raising event

EDITORIAL

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This month we have some new contributers to Many Roads.  Mark Laidlaw gives a heart-felt account of his discovery of Buddhism in My Journey.

Ernie Buck returns with an account of the beginning of his journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Journey Down.

Christine Hawkridge who is the Chair of University of the Third Age has written a well-considered piece on Contentment.

In Fresh PeaceJaiya John returns with a thought-provoking poem.

More poetry from Angus Ogilvy in Four Poems offers an insight into his skill in the use of different styles of verse.    

Finally, a poem by Laxmi Prasad Devkota I translated a while back titled Clouds.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already joined our mailing list you can do this on https://bodhicharya.org/manyroads/about/ and receive monthly updates at the end of each month.  Please submit your articles early for publication.

NEW YEAR EDITORIAL

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So here we are having arrived safely in 2014 according to the western calendar. Of course, there is still the Tibetan new year to look forward to on March 3, the transition from the year of the water snake to the year of wood horse.  For me, that is an exiting time when special dishes are made:  khapsi, ghutuk, mo mos; and of course the salt butter tea which is definitely an acquired taste but so warming in the winter months. Oh well, meanwhile it’s porridge oats for breakfast.

In this edition we have an interesting piece of writing by Nougaro Saint Sernin known to some of you as Jet:  Guess Who!

Then there is a piece I wrote earlier about my experience with learning the Nepali language:  Learning a Language.  I rememer trying to learn Hebrew when I was at school and I had such a difficult time because it never really became part of my experience, only an exercise in memorising words for things.  Learning Nepali gave me a valuable insight into how a language should be learned.

The film  Blue Poppy by Sitar Rose is a well-crafted documentary to follow on from her previous submission, Fulfilling the Vision, a wonderful account of the horticultural efforts in Tibet to save valuable, medicinal plants that have been overharvested.

Ernie Buck’s account of his journey by cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Ernie’s End to End is entertaining in that we are armchair travelers and do not have to make the arduous journey the length of Great Britain.  Ernie has circumnavigated the globe on his cycle but we’ll revisit that epic journey another time.

In the Poetry Section, Margaret Ford has submitted two highly intersting pieces that combine variations in font, colour and overlaid images. They don’t have titles but you can link to them on Poetry by Margaret Ford.  These are meditative poems on  love.

Lastly, Jaiya John’s Meditation:  In a House of Stone brings us back to our selves and the mindfulness that is within us all.

 

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Photo by Jet

WINTER IS HERE

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SEASONAL GREETINGS TO ALL READERS OF MANY ROADS

Am I am imagining that the citiy is less busy than it usually is at this time of year?  

Perhaps online shopping has taken off and high street stores are now receiving fewer shoppers.  I remember not that long ago people held back their purchases till the post-Christmas sales which began on Boxing Day.  Now, weeks before Christmas Day, there are bargains to be had  as stores compete for people’s money with cut-price goods on sale everywhere.

Of course, there are alternative ways of giving presents this year and that’s by doing something that will benefit others: like donating to the Rigul School in Tibet.  All kinds of ways you can help the school are posted on  http://www.rigultrust.org/   

From 2014, Many Roads will be sent out as an Editorial to subscribers at the end of the month with links to the most recent articles.  For submissions, please send articles, reviews, personal stories etc. to manyroads@bodhicharya.org as early in the month as possible.  If you haven’t already subscribed, you can join on https://bodhicharya.org/manyroads/about/ by clicking  Join Our Mailing List at the bottom of the page.

Here are links to some of the most recent articles:  Approaching Buddhism, Meeting the Teacher and Daily Life at the Monastery are three articles originally published in the New Statesman by Ani Rinchen Khandro depicting her initial discovery of Buddhism, meeting the late Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche and her experience of daily life at Samye Ling Monatery in Scotland.

Nosy Mangabe relates the experience of Jane Fyfe on an archaeological trip to Madagascar to study carvings on rocks left over the years by Dutch Sailors.

Dr Gwen Enstam reviews Night Boat by Alan Spence.  The book is about the Zen monk Ekaku and his attempts to revive Buddhism in Japan.

There is also a short poem by Eliza Bishop, Revealing Manjushri

Sitar Rose’s Fulfilling the Vision  is a film offering an insight into the “Spiritual, humanitarian and therapeutic” work at Samye Ling Monastery.

Jaiya John’s prose poem, I Find My Sacred Lakeis an ispirational piece of writing, straight from the heart, and depicts the humanity we can find in us all.

Finally, an account of a meeting I had with Lama Ngakpa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Divination by Dice.

As usual, I urge you to send in your submissions as soon as possible for the next edition at the end of January, 2014.

May you have health and happiness over the coming season and the new year and hope to hear from you soon.

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 Winter sunset over The Pentlands west of Edinburgh City

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Hello to all the readers of Many Roads.

Up here in Scotland the days are becoming colder and the nights longer.  Out come the warm clothes, hats, gloves, thermals and scarves.  That’s how it is in the autumnal, northern hemisphere.  The scattering of leaves on the pavements adds a certain melancholic poignancy to the season.

There is a feeling that we are in for a long, cold winter.

However, a warm thanks to the readers who have posted comments on the published articles.  Your thoughts are welcome. 

Several new articles have been published recently.  There has been positive feedback on Anni Dibble’s heart-felt article A Tribute to Akong Rinpoche.  

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche also wrote a revealing article, which originally appeared on the main page of Bodhicharya, outlining his memories of the late Akong Rinpoche.

Dr Sangeeta Rajbhandary has written about the recent festival of Ghantakarna in Kathmandu.  There is very little separation between Buddhist and Hindus in the valley, thus the Hindu/Buddhist in the title.

The Ten Commandments for Foreign Travel in India by Upasana Pokhriyal contains some invaluable advice for both seasoned and new travellers in India, and especially for women in the context of recent events in the country. 

And Ani Rinchen Khandro, a nun based at Samye Dzong in Edinburgh, has written an account of her discovery of Buddhism in her article Approaching Buddhism and her subsequent experience on retreat and after on Holy Island.

Mail Chimp sends out any new articles on a weekly basis to subscribers.  If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do this at the bottom of the About tab on the Many Roads site.

 

Wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxed time this coming season and hoping to hear from you soon.

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Hello dear friends and readers of Many Roads.

We’ve had several interesting and thought-provoking articles posted in the past few months by new contributors.  Mindfulness and Me is an honest depiction of how one can realise late in life the benefits of meditation and self-realisation by Gopal Lama; a fable about the meaning of freedom by Lama Rinchen, Eagle’s Wings, takes us to a land where the eagle’s predicament alludes to a condition with which we are all too familiar; A Prayer to Avert Nuclear War by Chatral Rinpoche focuses the mind on the dangers in the world today; and a review of the Reggio Emelia theory of education in Children’s Spirituality in two parts by Paula Schonberger invites us into the world of education for children; Linsey Friedman also shares her views on the death of a friend in The Three Interrelated Ds in the poetry section there is the touching Rebirth of the Soul by Patrick O’Brien and read at the end of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s teaching on Holy Island; and lastly, Angus Ogilvy’s well-crafted Four Poems.

The recently submitted articles by Liz Kemp on her visit to Kenya, Art Skills Training Workshop in Kenya and Kumanga Andrahennadi’s  Water:The Essential Spirit of Place, will provide plenty food for thought.

Lastly, Dr Sangita Rajbhandari’s beautiful photographs of Flowers of Nepal.

Reviews on film and literature and especially any photographs you would like to submit are welcome.

And don’t forget to JOIN THE MAILING LIST  if not already on it for updates.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy time wherever you are.

P & L

Hello from Albert Harris

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Dear friends and readers of Many Roads

I am happy to take on the task of editing Many Roads and look forward to receiving posts from contributors.   The articles and poetry published in past editions  have all been welcome and I look forward to receiving writing in the less-used categories of  Music and Photography as well as Fictional Writing.

Finding the writer in you is a bit like being mindful of the potential to express one’s experiences in the best communicative way.  This could be through any of the media mentioned above.  And I will welcome submissions on a wide variety of subjects. 

Now we need contributions from you.  This is easily done by sending an email to manyroads@bodhicharya.org along with any  photos; and a brief updated bio-data would also be appreciated which can be attached to the email.  Please post your submissions by July 31. 2013.

Lastly, a big thank you to Margaret Ford for her work in past publications.

Wishing you all well in your endeavours

Albert Harris

For Bodhicharya, Many Roads

Bye from Margaret F

Dear Friends in Bodhicharya

 This is my last editorial for Many Roads. I did try to give something a little different in my last attempt at an emagazine and in all the posts etc under the umbrella of Many Roads.  I hope it was of some help and interest to some of you at least.  But I realize now that maybe it is no longer needed.

 So, this is my goodbye to you all and Bodhicharya. My last link has gone.  It has been good to know you all.  I really mean that.

 Love and hugs.

   Margaret F  x

New Beginnings: Editorial September 2012

As promised last month, I’m very happy to be able to publish another issue of Bodhicharya’s Many Roads.  With many thanks to the contributors; Albert Harris, Vicki Mc Kenna and Shelagh Gardiner who kindly share their work here. 

Albert tells us about his recent trip to Singapore in An Interview  with Johnny Ho.  Vicki, a regular contributor, gives us advice on Living in a Technological World.  And I hope you will find my take on Twitter, Tweet your Heart Out, of some interest.  Lastly, Shelagh, who has been involved in a number of editing projects with Ringu Tulku over the years, has sent us her beautiful poem, Teahouse Blossom.

Please do send me any articles, poems, reviews, photos or anything you would like to share with the Bodhicharya Sangha. You can leave comments at the end of each article or send them to me and they will be posted in our next issue. 

All contributions and comments to: manyroads@bodhicharya.org

With very best wishes,

Margaret Ford

For Bodhicharya’s Many Roads

And Here we are Again….A New Beginning

Hello Dear Friends,

Hoping you are all well.  It has been nearly ten months since I last wrote anything for Bodhicharya’s emagazine, Many Roads. I have been ill most of this time and now am happy to report that the condition is in remission. So, for now, I enjoy life again.  A number of people have told me that they miss the emagazine and I am happy to revive it again if that is what others want. But I need your help. I need contributions from people who want to share how they feel about life and Dharma. I need to hear from people who think they can say something that will help others, or just want to start a conversation.  If your first language isn’t English there is no need to feel left out as we have translators and editors who will be happy to work with you. So, are you ready to take Many Roads on its next journey and to bring us together?

If so, please email me with any contributions to manyroads@bodhicharya.org.  If you have any questions about how you can contribute please email me and I’ll be happy to answer anything you have to ask!

wishing you all best wishes and love,

Margaret Ford

For Many Roads and Bodhicharya

 

The Last Editorial………….for now.

As I type this, I can see the golden leaves shimmering in the bright Autumn sunshine in my garden.   It is a beautiful time of the year and one I’ve always loved.  So, maybe it’s fitting that it’s during this season of so many changes that I’ve decided to take a break from the work I do for Ringu Tulku and Bodhicharya.  It’s mainly due to continuing ill health but also because I believe that there comes a time in one’s life when you know that you have to move on and do something different. And it’s that time for me now. After many years of working for RTR and Bodhicharya; I’m taking a year ‘out’ but I have no plans. I will take life as it comes.  So, this will be the last issue of Many Roads, for a while, but it’s a great issue.

As usual, we have another article from my dear friend and our regular contributor, Vicki McKenna. Vicki writes here about  A Capsizing World and what we can do to help us ‘maintain a sense of order and harmony’ in our changing world.   Also, another great interview by Jet Mort ,who this time speaks to Lama Tsultrim of Bodhicharya France. 

Many of you will have seen recently a post in the Bodhicharya web site about the retreat with Rinpoche in Sikkim this December.   Last year, there was a similar retreat in Sikkim in October/November, also organised by Erika van Greunen from South Africa.  Mary Heneghan, one of Rinpoche’s students from Oxford, England, attended that retreat and  Mary’s very personal account of her time in Sikkim can be found at Vajrasattva Retreat with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Bodhicharya Retreat Centre.

I am very happy to include more of the poetry that has already been posted in the Writers and Poets Community of the Bodhicharya Communities Website.  Firstly,  Ani Tsering Paldron’s very beautiful poem, The Unbearable Love Poem (Manjushri’s Song).  Next, Ani Karma Tsultrim shares her poem written while she was receiving treatment for cancer, Bring Sickness onto the Path.   Mustapha Zaidi shares too his Dharma inspired poem Leaf and Anne H was equally generous in allowing us to publish here Out of My Mind, Unique Falling.  

And, I would like to end here with something very special.  Last week, Mary Heneghan (of the Sikkim retreat above) sent me some inspiring words written by her daughter, Katie, aged eight.  I was so touched by Katie’s Rules that I wanted to include them in this last issue.  Of course I have Katie and her mum’s permission.  I especially like Katie’s first rule;   If you drop anything or go off course, you must go back to the beginning’.  Maybe that is what I’m doing?   

With many grateful thanks to all the contributors to this issue and all previous issues of Many Roads. It has been a pleasure working with you all and so very nice to share this space with you here.

I would like to wish you all the very best of health and happiness whatever you do and wherever you are.  

Love,

Margaret Ford

For Many Roads

Editorial August 2011

As the lazy days of August gradually fade, I am very happy to send you a slightly ‘thinner’, but none the less, an entertaining issue of Many Roads.

Our regular contributor, Vicki McKenna gives us some food for thought in her article, Letting go of Being Right. This is a topic close to my heart because, of course, I always think I’m right!  And, this month, I’m taking the  opportunity to write about something else very close to my heart; Kindness.  Very often I find myself wondering, why can’t we just be a bit kinder to each other? Let me know what you think.

Once again, we have a surfeit of beautiful poems.  Firstly, Madeline Schreiber shares her very recent poem in praise of HH Karmapa: Nomad Dharma King. Then, David Gardner makes me smile with his poem House of Meringue. And Colin Moore, whom you will remember from last month’s issue and his article Sustainable Living, this time shares a poem Awake in the Dark.    

As many of you will know, Bodhicharya has set up a new  network of communities at http://bodhicharya.intouch.net which includes a community for writers and poets. So, I am very pleased to include three poems here that have previously been posted on the Writers and Poets Community.  We have;  Devotion by Isabel Rodrigues and two Haiku by Tharlam Gyamtso and Minna Stenroos.

I hope you will find some things of interest in August’s issue of Many Roads and I would like to thank all our contributors this month.  I would also be very grateful for any articles or poems or anything you would like to share for forthcoming issues.

Please email me your contributions to manyroads@bodhicharya.org

With all best wishes,

Margaret Ford

Bodhicharya’s Many Roads.

Editorial- July

I am very happy to send you all the July issue of Bodhicharya’s Many Roads.   There are so many great pieces this month and it is a bumper ‘poetic’ issue!

We have another article from our regular contributor, Vicki McKenna. Vicki reflects on All the Time in the World and how we can change our perception of time.  Next, an article from Colin Moore which I know will interest many of you. It is Sustainable Living and Colin explores ‘ how Buddhist teachings can shed light on the various ecological and social disasters looming ahead, and how they might aid our responses to them.’

The first of our poems is from Shelagh Gardiner and is a beautiful poignant study of impermanence in Passing.  Then, a very clever poem from David Gardner called May the Jewel of Compassion arise in the Lotus of your Heart. In Snapshots from Journey to Sikkim by Marion Knight, Marion shares with us two of her very lovely poems written during and following a retreat at the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre in Sikkim.

In our Reviews section, Vicki Mc Kenna returns to review Gesar Mukpo’s documentary film Tulku. If you have also seen the film, your comments would be welcome.  My favourite part was actually the extended interview with Dzongsar Rinpoche in the ‘extras’.

So, July is almost gone.  It has been a strange month, overshadowed of course by the tragedy in Norway.  But, I wish you all the very best for the coming month and I hope to be able to share more articles and poems and whatever contributions I might receive at the end of August.  So please do keep sending them to me at manyroads@bodhicharya.org

With many thanks to all the contributors this time.  Also, thanks to Minna for her technical help and to Jack Ford for patiently helping his mother with the layout of the Sikkim poems.

Now, enjoy!

Margaret Ford

For Many Roads

Editorial- Summer is here!

As we roll into the Summer months the days are longer and, even in Scotland, we are enjoying some (very occasional) sunny days.  Now is the time to feel good to be alive! But, if you are not feeling so happy then Vicki McKenna’s article on Happiness will be just what you need.   Also, if you have time to look at those lovely clear skies, then you may be interested in my ramblings about how I deal with some of the biggest changes in my life in  Sky-Watcher.

We are very rich in poetry in this issue; firstly, another great poem from Madeline Schreiber titled Quartz.  Then, Maribel González shares with us a poem she dedicated to Ringu Tulku, A Poem for Rinpoche.  Rinpoche enjoyed it so much he asked her to send it to Many Roads.  And Lastly, an amazing poem from Nepal, The Beggar by Laxmi Prasad Devkota, which has been translated by Albert Harris from the original Nepali.

I hope to continue to publish more of your articles etc over the coming months, so please keep sending them to me at manyroads@bodhicharya.org   With grateful thanks to all those who contributed this time.

Enjoy!

Margaret Ford

Many Roads

Editorial………..ch-ch-ch, changes.

This last month has brought some significant changes in my life.  Not only have I taken early retirement from my job in the civil service but my two sons, both in their mid-twenties, have also moved out of the family home into their own place.

If I’m completely honest, leaving my paid work after 30 years in an office environment has been more of a relief and one I don’t regret.  Sure, the work was ‘okay’ and the regular salary was nice, but the freedom of not being tied to a (flexi) nine to five existence is really great.  My sons leaving home has been another matter.  I’ve been a mother for nearly 38 years (I have an older daughter who left home about 15 years ago) and I guess my main focus has always been about caring for them; feeding, cleaning, clearing up after them.  So, now there are no ‘children’ I begin to wonder, ‘what do I do now?’  And before you all shout that Dharma practice is about accepting change , I can only say that I know, I know, but…………………….. Maybe I’ll write more about big changes in another issue.

And of course I have more time for Many Roads and this Spring issue is  bursting full again of brilliant articles, poems and art.  Vicki McKenna, who has agreed to be a regular contributor (thanks Vicki!), shares again some of her down to earth wisdom in Get Yourself Connected.  Dirk de Klerk has sent us a very beautiful and moving piece about his friend Jean Paira Pemberton in The Enjoyment of Sound and Anne Vosse has written a fascinating article about teaching  BEING happy in her school in Germany.

I am really pleased to include an image of a beautiful painting by Andrew McConnach and I’m including details of his web site so you can see more of his work.  And, two great poems; firstly, another poem Electronic Consorts, from Madeline Schreiber who is fast becoming my favourite poet.  Also,  Broken Heart Poem from Heidi Trondsen from Oslo.

With many thanks to all our contributors.  Thanks also to Jet for her help and support with this issue.

Please do keep sending me your articles, thoughts, comments, poems, painting, photos and anything you want to share.  Please send to manyroads@bodhicharya.org

Wishing you all well.  

Enjoy

Margaret Ford

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Editorial: Sikkim, Oasis, Tigers and more Poetry.

In April’s issue of Many Roads we have the third and final part of Annie Dibble’s Sikkim Conference Report.  The first and second parts are still available to read if you have missed our previous issues.

We also have an enchanting article by Annette Tamuly Jung   about the ‘Oasis of Long Life’,  an innovative Dharma venture in the centre of France. This is a place of peaceful residence for elderly Buddhist practitioners that has received the blessings of many, including our own Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.  If, like me, you are of a certain age you will be very interested in this.  

Pat Little shares with us her delight in a BBC programme about tigers in Bhutan, in the Lost Land of the Tiger.  I do hope they will show the programme again as Pat made me want to know more about these magnificent creatures.

And finally, a beautiful poem, Lifetimes, by Madeline Schreiber from Novia Scotia in Canada.

With many thanks to all the contributors.

I really need your articles, poems, reviews and musings, so please continue to send them to me. While Rinpoche is now into his Spring teaching tour, it would be great to hear about your experiences of attending the teachings and meeting up with other practitioners.  All photos will be gratefully received.

Please email at manyroads@bodhicharya.org  

Now, put your feet up, relax and enjoy!

Margaret Ford

For Many Roads