The year that’s been

2015 is over and 2016 has just begon. The past year has let us all over the world again. It started out, at home, in England, and in the months after guided us through India, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and Malta. We saw ancient bridges made of steel and wood, temples old…

#Mdina’s beautiful #knockers

Walking around the medieval city of Mdina in Malta you can’t help but be amazed at its architecture. And to complement those lovely buildings the heavy doors show some lovely knockers.

A Buddhist Sunday – Medicine

There is a Buddha for long life (Sanskrit: Amitāyus, Tibetan: Tsepame) which is basically the same as the Buddha Amithabha (Tibetan Öpame – see last week). A Buddha for developing compassion (Avalokiteśvara) and one for wisdom (Mañjuśrī). Then what Buddha can we turn to in case of illness? For this we can turn to Bhaiṣajyaguru…

A Buddhist Sunday – Amitābha

Last week I wrote about the Shamar Rinpoche who is seen as an emanation of Amitābha (or Öpame – ‘od dpag med in Tibetan), the Buddha of Limitless light. He is the transformation of desire into analytical wisdom. He is easily recognisable by his ruby red colour. View this post on Instagram A post shared…

A Buddhist Sunday – the Karmapa

One of the  main students of Milarepa (Mi la ras pa) was Gampopa (sGam po pa), author of the Jewel ornament of liberation and founder of Dagpo Kagyu (Dwags po bka’ brgyud). Four of Gampopa’s disciples founded four different Kagyu schools. Most famously the Karma Kagyu school was founded by Düsum Khyenpa (Dus gsum mkhyen pa)….

A Buddhist Sunday – The First Teaching on Kālacakra

Kālacakra (Sanskrit: कालचक्र Tibetan: དུས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།, dus kyi ‘khor lo) or Wheel of Time is a set of Vajrayāṇa Buddhist teachings and practises. Kālacakra is made famous by the mass initiations in the west by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although philologists have established that the texts on Kālacakra were written 1500 years after the historical Buddha, Vajrayāṇa Buddhists claim…