Spring Editorial

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.

Albert Harris, editor. manyroads@bodhicharya.org

 

FEATURES
ARE WE LISTENING:  Miriam Maisel
THE HEART SUTRA AND THE ATOM: Louis De Montera
DESPATCHES FROM THE HILL:  Mary Heneghan
SPINACH PAKODA: Indra Majapuria

POETRY
THREE POEMS:  Ianthe Pickles
CORONAHAIKU SEQUENCE :  Maeve O’Sullivan
CAMERA MACHETE: RWANDA 2006:  Helen Brown
FEAR:  Mia Evans
A PRAYER POEM FOR YOU:  Jaiya John

PERSONAL STORIES
BLACK FRIDAY:  Mia Evans
CRAZY WISDOM:  Yummamudra
NEW DAY:  Norman Evans
THE BUDDHA AND THE SCIENTIST:  William Hart

VIDEO
HERE’S THE THING ABOUT FEAR:  Jaiya John
A MESSAGE FROM TSERING PALDRON: From Living and Dying in Peace

PHOTOGRAPHY
PAST PHOTOGRAPHS:  Yeshe Dorje
THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY:  Photographs of Clouds

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