In my previous post I talked
about the quality of a spiritual teacher, and how to sense it. However,
since I get asked this question a lot, I’d like to go into the
Blavatsky-Bailey-Creme triangle a bit more. Last night we had a
lecturer in our The Hague theosophical lodge, who was – aside from ...
This was a tough book to
review. As I read it, I was constantly puzzled at who the intended
audience was, and what the aim was. I conclude it’s an overview of the
Buddhist path. As it’s based on lectures Dzogchen Ponlop gave to his
students, it is – unlike what one might think at ...
I got a book for review
recently that I put down within a few minutes because it made me all
jittery. A few days ago we had a spiritual teacher do a lecture at our
local theosophical lodge, and he turned the room quiet. We didn’t even
have questions to last the full time set ...
A reader asked (in Dutch): As
a social worker in a nursing home I had a conversation last week with
the wife of a gentleman living on our psych-ward. This lady appeared
not to need the most common forms of support in dealing with the loss
of her husband through dementia. She didn’t need information ...
There is zen and there is Zen.
There is Zen Buddhism, and then there is Zen Buddhism. That may sound
like a Zen koan, but the point is that Zen comes in many flavors an
shapes. There’s the Zen of Zen gardens, the Zen of direct enlightenment
without reference to tradition, and there’s the Zen ...
Some books are eagerly awaited
by only a select group. This book is one of them. That doesn’t diminish
their worth to their audience though: in this case theosophists who
study The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky seriously. Blavatsky had
her own Secret Doctrine study-group in London in 1889. They discussed
her Magnum Opus pretty ...
I’ve recently been put on
Shambhala’s list of book reviewers which is great. I mean, they’re the
top Buddhist publisher and one of the top spiritual publishers. Anyhow,
they sent me three books for review this month – and I get to offer one
to my readers. Read on to know what you can do ...