Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hugh Laurie on Impermanence and Victoria Wood on Reincarnation

A few weeks ago I listened to Stephen Fry’s musical favourites when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs”. One of the tracks he chose was his long-standing friend Hugh Laurie singing a blues song called “Changes” which … Continue reading

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A Paradox in the Life of the Buddha

I was doing a class with some secondary school students this morning, as part of the University’s Sutton Trust Summer School (a “widening participation” initiative), and we were talking about the lifestory of the Buddha, including – of course – … Continue reading

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A new manuscript enters Edinburgh’s Special Collections

Yesterday afternoon ended with a rather unusual errand, delivering a nineteenth century  Buddhist palm leaf manuscript, wrapped in newspaper and a Homebase carrier bag, to Edinburgh University’s Special Collections in the Main Library. It was the end of a surprising … Continue reading

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