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Rinpoche by Nancy Koh

“ Just as the bee takes the nectar and leaves without damaging the colour or scent of the flower so do the wise move through the world.”
The Buddha


All of us have memories of places, people and works of art that stick firmly in our minds. Amongst my remembered bright lights is the first sighting of paintings by a long time student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Nancy Koh.

To read and see some of her works follow this link

Childlike Sentiments – Professor Ting Yen-yung in retrospect


Mind as the Moon: the Art of Nancy Koh.

Joint exhibition

Bother not what is true or untrue Just go on practicing, through and through, Chinese ink and brush on paper By Nancy Koh

The Floral Deity dedicates a song in beaming glow The sentient eye joins in echo, Oil on canvas 121.92 x 91.44 cm By Nancy Koh

Rinpoche By Nancy Koh

Finding Manjushri

Finding Manjushri

By Dolma Gunther

A scholarly young monk embarks upon an intriguing journey only to discover that the wisdom he seeks is much closer than he imagines, and much stranger than he could possibly envisage.

Finding Manjushri was produced on a shoestring and filmed on location in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, in northern India, with a cast of amateur actors drawn from the local refugee Tibetan community. Preproduction stretched over ten weeks, utilising local trades and craftspeople to produce sets, props and costumes under the supervision of director of photography Al Donnelley and director Dolma Gunther.

The shoot itself took 15 days, complicated by weather – no less than the worst subcontinental monsoon in 15 years – and the vagaries of the Indian electrical supply system. One complicated scene had to be lit with candles after a tree fell on powerlines near the town on the morning of the shoot. The mule that appears in the film is a pig in the original story – but the pig who arrived on the day of the shoot was an impossible prima donna, and had to be recast.

The rough-cut of the film premiered in a tiny guest house in front of almost the whole village much to the delight of the local cast and crew. The film was only made possible with the wonderful support of the local community and the efforts of a number of people. Most notably, Orgyen Tenzang – who plays Lodro – translated the script into Tibetan and cheerfully endured being soaked to the skin time and time again in freezing weather.

Lodro and Dolma on set

The whole production was a journey in itself, rich with cultural exchanges and common warmth.

The entire inspiration for the whole film was DJK Rinpoche, of course and that the original story is a story that Rinpoche occasionally tells and that is where I first heard the story. Rinpoche also gave permission for me to do the film and reviewed versions of the script that I wrote.


At the moment the film is still in the last stages of postproduction and is being entered into short film festivals around the globe but we are trying to raise money to cover the cost of a professional sound editor and a colourist. So any donations or contacts are very welcome!


Lodro is a brilliant young monk at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas in India. He excels at debate and is top in his classes in philosophy and dialectics. As blessed as he already is, he is consumed by the wish to encounter Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, in order to improve his studies. Every day he takes out a postcard of Mount Wutaishan and strokes it lovingly; for he knows that Manjushri has promised that anyone who makes pilgrimage to Mount Wutaishan will meet Manjushri in person. One day he gets up courage to ask Rinpoche, the head of the monastery, to go on pilgrimage.

Al with cast

In his attempt to reach the fabled mountain of Wutaishan, Lodro battles adversity in the form of unrelenting storms, seductive women, bullying cooks, local thuglords and worst of all, a growing disillusionment  and deconstruction of his own expectations and conceptual frameworks.

What Lodro needs to learn is that often, in the getting of wisdom, it is what you lose that is more important than what you gain. When Lodro’s desperation reaches such a point that the lines of reality, illusion and magic all seem to blur, he realises that the blessings of bodhisattvas can manifest in extraordinary ways, and that Manjushri is closer than he ever imagined.

The link to the film is:

Finding Manjushri, A film by Dolma Gunther and Al Donnelley

A Painting Life

JA ceasing work in progress

Julie Adler

All quotes are from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Arising - work in progress by Julie Adler



















“This is all my doing”


Abiding - work in progress By Julie Adler



















“Abiding is a madness”


Ceasing - work in progress By Julie Adler



















“In the bardo state, you don’t have to close your eyes. Your eyes are gone”

Conversation with Ang Tsherin Sherpa

Conversation with Ang Tsherin Sherpa

Paul Ferguson

I study traditional thangka painting with Ang Tsherin Sherpa as well as assist him on some of his contemporary works. The more I work with Tsherin, the more I contemplate what it means to preserve tradition as well as break away from it yet attempt to keep its essence intact. For example, I remember Rinpoche saying we shouldn’t visualize the deity with the trappings of Indian royal jewelry like you see in thangkas but to “modernize” them. As a thangka painter, it’s challenging request but seems necessary since the traditional style isn’t matching what your guru is saying. Anyway, it’s a very interesting time for Buddhist artists right now.

Gasmasks By Ang Tsering Sherpa

Preservation by Ang Tsering Sherpa

Two Spirits By Ang Tshering Sherpa

My Master is like the sky


Ngawang Kundrol For Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

My Master is like the sky
Not delimitated by substancial things
For sky like light pours through everywhere
Without movement.

My Master is transparency
That reveals itself not as in a dream
But present and unmoving
He reveals the dream.

My Master’s patience has no equal
Even as my mind turns upon itself
His smile holds me intact
On a bright moon sliver.

My Master is the rain and night I see
And the cold I feel on my feet
And through all things I separate
He loves seamlessly.

Photos by Tom Brosnam

Dispelling the Darkness of Obscurations

Recognising our true essence at the Dawning of the Dharmadatu

Inspiring Story


The story of Krisha Gotami & the mustard seed

With installation by Adrienne Shaw

Krisha Gotami was a young woman who had the good fortune to live at the time of the Buddha. When her first born child was about a year old, it fell ill and died. Grief stricken and clutching its little body, Krisha Gotami roamed the streets, begging anyone she met for a medicine that could restore her child to life. Some ignored her, some laughed at her, some thought she was mad, but finally she met a wise man who told her that the only person in the world who could perform the miracle she was looking for was the Buddha.
So she went to the Buddha, laid the body of her child at his feet, and told him her story. The Buddha listened with infinite compassion. Then he said gently, “There is only one way to heal your affliction. Go down to the city and bring me back a mustard seed from any house in which there has never been a death.”
Krisha Gotami felt elated and set off at once for the city. She stopped at the first house she saw and said: “I have been told by the Buddha to fetch a mustard seed from a house that has never known death.”
“Many people have died in this house”, she was told. She went on to the next house. “There have been countless deaths in our family” they said. And so to a third and a fourth house, until she had been all around the city and realised the Buddha’s condition could not be fulfilled.

Rinpoche,Sogyal 1992, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Rider, United Kingdom pp28,29.

By Adrienne Shaw

By Adrienne Shaw

Adrienne Shaw

Brigette Reisz – Malerei

Reisz_Brigitte, 2007 Eitempera auf Leinwand, 300x480cm

Please see for further works

Untitled, 2010, 60 x 70cm, egg tempera on canvas, By Brigitte Reisz, Photo by Alistair Overbruck

Untitled, 2010, 152 x 117cm, egg tempera on canvas, By Brigitte Reisz, Photos by Alistair Overbruck

Untitled, 2007, 300x 480 cm, egg tempera on canvas, By Brigitte Reisz, Photos by Alistair Overbruck

Agua Luna – Series I


By Raymond Steiner

Agua Luna is a series of photographs taken on February 16th, 1980 on a beach in Karwar, Karnataka, India just before, during and after the ‘totality’ stage of a total solar eclipse that occurred on that day.

The shifting colour palette in each photograph is due to a phenomenon known as shadow bands (also known as flying shadows). These moving ‘ripples’ of light only occur for a few moments prior and after totality and are sometimes very difficult to observe.

In 1842 George B. Airy, the English astronomer royal, saw his first total eclipse of the sun. He recalled shadow bands as one of the highlights:

“As the totality approached, a strange fluctuation of light was seen upon the walls and the ground, so striking that in some places children ran after it and tried to catch it with their hands.”

And to quote J.C. Bhattacharyya from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India:

“Every eclipse observer carries in his mind the experience of living through a dream. In the last few moments prior to totality the light faded rapidly, bands of shadow moved all around and stars appeared in the sky. The eclipsed sun changed appearance from a thin crescent to a string of bright points like a diamond necklace then the pink chromosphere flashed out and totality began. For a few minutes, the bright halo surrounding the eclipsed sun became the most glorious object in the star studded midday sky. The entire sequence of events was so unusual that it left a deep lasting impression on all viewers minds.”

The photographs of this rare lustrous light are impressions left on 35mm Ektachrome emulsion via a 105mm Nikkor lens on a Nikon F2 SLR.

All photographs ©1980 Raymond Steiner.

Anything that helps still the mind

natural offering_

Photos by Christopher O’Kane

Rising Still

Like a lake

Bodhisattva Stone

Bud beginning

Reclining Buddha

Natural offering

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What if…


By Lilith Rocha

What if that teenage junkie is

Tara, madonna of compassion.

The bastard who discards you like garbage

Krishna, most devoted love god.

Those murderers your teachers

This barking dog your wakeup call

That fascist your best friend.

What if this world broke open every second

like a smashed egg live and dying

blossoming into bursting galaxies

throbbing with trembling tenderness

at every breakfast table.


Seek Truth By Carolanne Wright












Good Eye Photo Alex White



Night and day

This and that

Now and then

here and there

Up and down

Me and you,

Round and square

Something and Nothing….





Book review



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Don’t believe everything you think

Photo: Jakob Leschly  Location: Canada

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Shamatha Meditation book review

Shamata Meditation

Based on a classical Tibetan graphic illustration, and drawing on authoritative works, this guide provides an overview of Buddhist meditation, identifying the gradual development of mental stability, as well as how to remedy inevitable pitfalls. Graphic design by Stefan Mager with text by Jakob Leschly.
Available through Snow Lion here.

Book of Hours

Ich glaube an Alles noch nie Gesagte

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
So that what no one has dared to wish for

May for once spring clear
Without my contriving

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into an open sea.

A quote from “Rilke’s Book of Hours”

Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.
Published by Riverhead Books, New York.