It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!


Today is Buddha’s birthday, May 18th, or Baisakh full moon in Nepal’s calendar, together with the anniversary of his enlightenment and of his death. In Kathmandu almost every single person will be visiting temples, monasteries and shrines to celebrate. We have experienced such a day in Nepal as we walked to the top of the … Continue reading It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!

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The Buddha walks into a bar and discusses “happiness” …….


“I don’t think I have ever sensed a national population so unhappy, so angry, so divided, so disturbed even, as how your country appears today” said Sid (Buddha to most other folks) “Yes Sid, but, with respect, your perception is not so enlightening because the unhappiness is so tangible everywhere, at work, in shops, on … Continue reading The Buddha walks into a bar and discusses “happiness” …….

Yes, we’re old, but not white supremacists!


Buddha walks into his usual wine bar and greets his two mates, The Two Doctors: “Namaste you two, I see you’ve been travelling again, how was it?” Said Buddha (Sid to his mates) “A bit mixed, some long drives, but good visits to castles and abbeys, cultural and historic!” “Ah, speaking of historic, you two … Continue reading Yes, we’re old, but not white supremacists!

Mindful reflections on wine tasting and judging


Sitting in my own “wine room” at home this morning I started to reflect on the hectic couple of days travelling to and from Manchester as a wine judge for the People’s Choice Wine Awards, when who should appear but Buddha himself. “Good grief Sid, you shouldn’t just appear like that, it’s a bit more … Continue reading Mindful reflections on wine tasting and judging

Scenic Sunday: Swayambhu and Noah’s Flood ….. Kathmandu!


Swayambhu is Kathmandu’s most historic and well known Buddhist Temple, known to tourists as The Monkey Temple. It has a rich history shrouded in a mythological past related to the Valley being flooded and then drained by Manjushri. Top attraction in this ancient city.