I gave a commentary on The Inquirer, a talk of the Buddha last week during our Dharma Enquiry Programme at the Waldhaus Buddhist Centre, near Andernacht, Bonn, Germany. The Buddha regularly encouraged mindfulness/inquiry to be directed towards others, as much as oneself.
The Buddhist tradition and other mind/body traditions have emphasised the inner, often at the expense of outer mindfulness/inquiry of another(s). The willingness to work to transform the outer can heal wounds, be deeply therapeutic and develop empowerment through action. Continue reading
In April, 1967, I set off from Sanderstead, Croydon, south of London, to see the world. I started off sitting in the back of a van with my friends, Stan and Margaret, who lived around the corner and were going to Greece for a holiday.
During the 10 years away from Britain, I wrote a letter home every week or so except for one time. During my years as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, I once took a vow for three months for the duration of the rains retreat (pansa) in 1971 that I would not read nor write a word in that period. Continue reading
I am writing to give you encouragement to join our residential Mindfulness Teacher Training Course (MTTC) in June and October, 2017 in Germany and September 2017/March 2018 in Israel. Continue reading
The 10-day Goenka courses have become well known in the Buddhist world since Goenka (30 January, 1924 – 29 September, 2013), a wealthy Mumbai businessman, launched his Vipassana courses in 1969 to a group of Western seekers travelling in India. Continue reading