Editorial: Mind, Life and Swimming

I have two more great articles for you. 

Annie Dibble was fortunate enough to be in Gangtok in December 2010 during the International Conference on Science, Spirituality and Education which was attended by HH Dalai Lama, as well as many other respected Lamas and specialists in the field of education and science.  Annie will send us her report from the conference in three parts. 

Please go to the International Conference on Science, Spirituality and Education for the first part. The other two parts will follow soon.

Vicki McKenna has been has been practising acupuncture in Scotland for more than twenty five years and is the author of “A Balanced Way of Living; Practical and Holistic Strategies for Coping with Post Polio Syndrome”.  Vicki shares with us her joy in swimming, in water and in life, in her article The Trick is to Keep Swimming!  If you are stressed and need some tips about how to relax, you will love this article. And if you just like swimming, you will love it too.

Please keep sending me your articles, poems etc.  I will be posting as many as I can over the coming weeks.

Please email with your contributions and any views you have about the new format of the magazine to manyroads@bodhicharya.org

Take care.

Margaret Ford

Bodhicharya’s Many Roads

Editorial – Many Roads – Time for a Change

First of all, I would like to thank you all for your best wishes and comments following the first issue of Many Roads. I think most people found something of interest there. Unfortunately, due to pressure of work, I’ve been unable to give as much time as I would have liked to the magazine and I’m sorry about that.

However, I’m delighted to say that I’ve received a number of enlightening, moving and thought provoking pieces for the magazine and I hope you will all continue to keep sending them in to me.  But, following advice from Rinpoche, I’ve decided to change the way we present Many Roads and instead of a one- off magazine a few times a year, we will from now on post different articles etc on an on-going regular basis. Perhaps one or two articles a week.  This way, you can read and digest articles as they are posted and still be able to go back and read over your favourites.  Let’s see how this develops.

To start this off, I am very happy to share with you all one of the best articles I have read about quantum physics and Buddhist thoughts on the nature of reality. It is by Graham Smetham, who has written a book about this subject called: Quantum Buddhism – Dancing in Emptiness. This article introduces the ideas presented in Graham’s book and  Ringu Tulku was so impressed by the article that he encouraged me to make it available to everyone as soon as possible.

With many thanks to Graham for kindly sharing with us. 

Please click on ‘Quantum Emptiness – The Quantum Illusion-like Nature of Reality’  by Graham Smetham.  As usual, you are welcome to leave your comments.

Please continue to send me your articles, poems, thoughts and comments for Many Roads to manyroads@bodhicharya.org

With many thanks to Minna and Paul for their technical help!

Margaret Ford

Editorial: Many Roads first issue

Welcome to the first issue of Many Roads, the Bodhicharya ‘blogazine’!

In this first bumper issue in ‘articles’  we start off with Jet Mort’s interview with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at the recent Bodhicharya summer camp. With many thanks to Jet and of course RTR for giving his time so generously.  Following on, we have Annie Dibble’s beautiful and life affirming piece about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Northern Ireland in 2007.  Margaret Richardson then shares her enchanting story about how she came to help ‘Lucky’ in Nepal.  Marita Faaberg also shares with us her thoughts on modern spirituality in Dreaming Our World.  Then, the very wonderful and inspiring story of a spiritual journey over many decades and Denise Nélis explains ‘Why Buddhism’ and exactly why she became a Buddhist officially at the age of 82!  Most of you won’t be surprised to know that meeting up with a certain RTR had a lot to do with that.

But we haven’t finished yet, oh no, still lots more! We then have Vicki McKenna who tells us just why mindfulness and contentment have become her practice.  Then the first of our regular contributions from Laurent Nottale who starts off by explaining why he is attracted to Buddhism as a scientist.  The following  Happiness article came about when, as the editor of this first issue, I took the opportunity of exploring my favourite subject, happiness, and I sent a set of questions to a number of Sangha members about their experiences and thoughts on the subject.  Their very personal replies are included in full here. Following on, Rinchen, who is now a RTR monk and who used to be a Zen monk, tells us just how that came about.  Then, a very brave story of breaking free from Blue Butterfly, who is a young Asian woman who was born and brought up in the UK and how she has found inner freedom.

In ‘Reviews’ we have Cesare Saguato’s reflections on Rinpoche’s teachings in London this Spring and Annie Dibble’s thoughts on  Pico Iyer’s 2008 book ‘ The Global Journey of the 14th Dalai Lama.  We finish off in our Arts section with some  amazing photos and art from our US cousins (with thanks to Jackie Roemer in Oklahoma for sending these to us).  And finally some poetry;  just because I like poetry.

I have been very touched and rather overwhelmed by the generosity of all the contributors to this first issue of Many Roads and I thank them all very much. Please take your time and enjoy all they have shared here.  Please do  comment, we really want to hear from you, whether about the idea of the magazine  generally  or  the individual articles.  We also need your contributions for our next issue;  please  share a little of yourself.  You can add your comments at the end of each article or send your views and/or articles or questions direct to me at manyroads@bodhicharya.org We are looking forward to hearing from you.

With many thanks to the Many Roads team, Jet Mort, Claire Trueman, Minna Stenroos and Rachel Moffit.  Special thanks to Jet for her enthusiasm and energy and support for this project.  And to Minna, my patient ‘techno’ friend and genius who input most of the photos in the magazine.  Also, with great appreciation, our thanks to Paul O’Connor for his invaluable help in setting us up on-line and making it all look so beautiful.

Now, just enjoy.

Margaret Ford

For Many Roads at Bodhicharya.

Deadline for the next issue of Many Roads is 30 January 2011