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   

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 as early in the month as possible.  If you haven’t already subscribed, you can join on 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.


 Winter sunset over The Pentlands west of Edinburgh City


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