Buddhism

Celebrating Diwali 2017

Globally, October 19th is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali is…

Make Culture Night a Spiritual Night

Culture Night takes place on Friday 22nd of September all around Ireland. It’s a time when lots of museums, public buildings, historical and spiritual centres open their doors to give free entry to the buildings and events taking place there. It can also give us the opportunity to explore many spiritual and religious centres. If…

” ARISE and AWAKE “, The Clarion Call of Vedantha!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! For those of you who are familiar with Eastern Spirituality / Philosophy, you probably recognise the words “Arise and Awake ” which…

Our problems are gifts

We don’t often think of problems as gifts. We usually see them as an inconvenience, something that interrupts our life and to be avoided if at all possible. We also think of them as a sign of failure, or a lack of strength and something negative in our lives. These ideas stem from the fact…

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Interfaith Calendar 2017

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition…

Spirituality and Compassion

We are all very much a work in progress. It is a lifetime’s journey to come to terms with life and to get a grasp on what it might mean for us to play our particular part in its unfolding drama. As we age, we grow in experience and in wisdom – or at least,…

Interfaith Calendar 2016

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

Diwali 2015

Globally, November 10th is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali is…

Master Gao goes Flying

Like a flock of 10,000 starlings turning twisting swooping diving. In the endless chatter of senselessness I drop down to Earth grounded and ask: Why can I not fly? Ouch! Master Gao.1   Commentary: In this humorous koan Master Gao illustrates the problems we can encounter meditating. Our restless mind takes flight and before we…

Zen: The Gatekeeper

If becoming free was easy everyone would be free and living Zen lives; simple yes, easy no. The subconscious is like a Trojan ‘virus’ inside our mind preventing us seeing reality the truth hidden behind layers and layers of misleading delusion, and the program code works in total opposition to our real feelings and life…

Pure Zen

Have a look at and carefully study the block diagram above that simplifies Buddhism down into it’s basic component parts, and good luck with your endeavour! While you’re studying the myriad of Buddhist scriptures over the next number of years and decades, we will be considering Zen in its simplest form. Freud and Jung fell…