space beyond is both pure and revered. On the ground a pace inside the gateway we have placed the Chiriana [dust hole], where one may dispose of mental dust/rubbish, such as selfish desires, before embarking on ones journey round the garden.
Winding paths lead from the entrance past the water garden to other..., and the element of mystery created reflects the mystery of the universe which we may contemplate whilst walking or sitting in one of the seating areas placed around the garden. This journey is a physical and sensory experience. Our eyes follow the stone paths, our ears hear the sound of our footsteps on the gravel and we feel connected to the earth. The canopy provided by the old willows creates an enclosed, sheltered, protected space in which we feel comfortable and relaxed. Water reflects the sky and the sound of running water stimulates our awareness of being alive, of being connected to the universe. In this calm yet vital environment we are able to examine our inner feelings and understand them.
Our senses offer a gateway to our inner being. As the pathways interconnect so the streams flow above and below ground, disappearing in one place to reappear further along, and the dry riverbeds of summer glisten and run during the wetter periods.
that there would be plenty of opportunities to visit her and say the
things that needed to be said. TIME, it seemed, was elastic - I could
stretch it to accommodate my blinkered and, let’s not dodge it,
self-aggrandising behaviour. Sadly, I failed to hear what the poet
Andrew Marvell identified as - “time’s winged chariot hurrying near ”.
The upshot was distorted priorities. Illusions of urgent demands –
career, status, approval – were given immediate attention. By contrast,
precious, unrepeatable moments with loved ones were squandered.
ognising reincarnation is an authentic mode of investigation based on people's
recollection of their past lives. Explaining that he was no superhuman, the Dalai Lama, known for
his simplicity and typical jovial style, said: "I am just a simple Buddhist monk. I try to do my
best all the time. I am 80 years old now and I have lived my entire life practising the
knowledge and I will continue to practise it till I am physically able."
Thousands of Tibetan exiles, foreigners and Indian dignitaries joined in the birthday
celebrations here. Crowds began to assemble since morning at the temple for the birthday
celebrations. "Special prayer sessions were held for the perfect health and long life of our
spiritual leader the Dalai Lama," Tsering Wangchuk, a spokesperson for the Central Tibetan
stylised gesture. The body transformed into a hieroglyph, a succession of hieroglyphs, of attitudes modulating from significance to significance, like a poem or a piece of music. Movements of the muscles representing movements of the consciousness ... It's meditation in action; the metaphysics of the Mahayana expressed not in words, but through symbolic movements and gestures.
Aldous Huxley "Island"NO man is an island and turning my own sense of self vision into a reality has always been dependent on a willingness to search for all the component parts, to communicate and collaborate with the multitude of people destined to provide the component parts and then to "glue" the whole together into a cohesive and meaningful solution.
What is required now is nothing less than a leap to global empathic consciousness and in less than a generation if we are to resurrect the global economy and revitalize the biosphere. The question becomes this: what is the mechanism that allows empathic sensitivity to mature and consciousness to expand through history?