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.  


Margaret Ford

Many Roads


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

Editorial: Thailand, Sikkim and Poetry

I’m a little late with this issue of the magazine but it’s worth waiting for!  Here you will find a photo diary of Rinpoche’s time in Thailand in February. It’s full of beautiful photographs and details of the many varied places and people who hosted Rinpoche while he was there.  Thanks to Andy Lowe for sharing with us.

Also, the second part of Annie Dibble’s Sikkim Conference Report.  Part three will follow soon.

And lastly, we have poetry from  Shelagh Gardiner and Tim Barrow.  

In a week when there has been such sad news from Japan, let’s open our hearts and be grateful for all and who we have.


Margaret Ford 

For Many Roads

Please keep sending me your contributions for the Many Roads Magazine to manyroads@bodhicharya.org

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