Buddhism

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…

Celebrating Diwali 2016

Globally, October 30th 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…

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…

The Dalai Lama Will Celebrate His 80th Birthday With A Global Compassion Summit

Friends of the Dalai Lama announced that a Global Compassion Summit will be held in honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s landmark 80th birthday. The summit will take place 5th-7th July, 2015, and will be the official world celebration of His Holiness’ 80th birthday, featuring world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the…

Zen: Connecting up the dots….

The moment of realisation understanding and comprehension of the human condition can suddenly and instantaneously happen to anyone anywhere at any time, an epiphany just like a proverbial bolt of lightening out of the blue. In that one instant of self-awareness and understanding the underlying cause of the confusion, delusion, and muddling of the conscious mind can reveal…

The True Origins of Zen

Zen is all about the individual their intuition and personal life experiences. In a million lifetimes there is nothing that anyone can say about their own personal spiritual journey that could help others attain liberation. If we had the hard job of defining Zen we could say it’s just about ‘Me, me, me’ and nobody else. Very very…

Spirituality and Service

For centuries in the Roman Catholic tradition the Pope has been seen as being essentially the “servus servorum Dei,” that is “the servant of the servants of God.” It is a title many recent Popes have used in documents of note. Indeed, the present Pope, Francis I sees himself as embodying quintessentially this perspective on the papacy. One of…