I’m an Australian living in a Buddhist community on a relatively remote French plateau. When people discover this, they often ask: “Really? What time do you get up in the morning?” “What do you actually do?” “Are you a monk?” and “Are you all vegetarian?”. In reality, we are students from more than 20 different countries with diverse roles, routines, relationships, and diet. Here's a little snapshot of life in our spiritual community with a magnificent Tibetan Buddhist temple at its centre.Read More
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New to Buddhism in 2002, I couldn’t understand how writing my recently deceased father’s name on a piece of paper, a ‘prayer list’, could possibly help him or me. Skip ahead 15 years when my mother was dying, after practising Buddhism for a few years I had gained a whole new understanding and appreciation for how prayers can help us at any time of life—either when we are facing challenges or even as a support in good times.Read More