Saving Lives

People bump into Buddhism. A book falls off a shelf. A chance meeting. A poster in the street, a leaflet flying in the wind. Just seeing somebody sitting meditating can resonate deeply and be a seed that later takes root. Such encounters with Buddhism can save lives. They can and do cause people to turn their lives around to the good.

For example, a woman friend of mine curious about what I was up to joined me on a retreat in the late 1970’s at Throssel Hole Priory, as it was called then. She had a hard time during the retreat but made it through, glad at the end to at last have a cigarette! As we drove back into Wales on the Sunday afternoon she announced she would not now consider suicide as an option any longer! That she even had suicide in mind was a bit of a shock. Nothing more was ever said on the subject. She never went back for another retreat!

Today I met a woman while out shopping who told me about a Buddhist book that had been passed to her by a friend. Apparently the friend had been close to ending his own life and the teaching in the book had saved him. He’d then, years later, passed it on to help his friend. Wonderful! I hope it helped her. She certainly helped me. A really professional sales person.

Yes, I am out and about again. On a phone call this afternoon a reader ended a call with ‘thank you for being in the world’. Thank YOU all for being in the world. Remember to pass on. Lives can be saved.


Hassock depicting Pendragon Castle Mallerstang

There will come a time when you believe everything is
finished. That will be the beginning.

~Louis L’Amour

This post marks the end of this series of photographs and quotes.

Always Being Buddha


O Buddha
Going, going on beyond
Always going on beyond
Always becoming being Buddha.
Hail! Hail! Hail!

The Scripture of Great Wisdom

Speak Now – While Hearts Can Hear


Do not keep the alabaster box of your friendship
sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives
with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words
while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts
can be thrilled and made happier. The kind of things you
mean to say when they are gone, say before they go.

~George W. Childs

And this from Philip Gould who is at the place of the final reckoning.
Thanks go to Angie for sending me the link to this article.

Going On Beyond – Reason

Kneeler, St. Mary’s Church, Outhgill, Mallerstang

Lo, the stone maiden dances
and the wooden figure sings.

The Most Excellent Mirror Samadhi