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  I had the privilege to stay for a number of weeks with a lovely group of kids who live at the HUC orphanage under the care of an inspiring young man, Bhakta and his wife, Bimala.  More of a large family than an orphanage, HUC was founded about 10 years ago to provide a home for these 10 children orphaned by the Maoist conflicts in western Nepal. Bhakta and Bimala are like parents to the kids (6 boys and 4 girls) who are nearly all teenagers now, mostly between 14 -16 years old.  It is to Bhakta and Bimala’s credit that they have managed to raise them to be lovely, caring, well-behaved young people.  I...
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Naga – as told by Toto This is the story as Toto told it to me.  Many, many years ago, so long ago it is longer than I can remember, said Toto, when Buddha was one of the lower species, at the bottom rung of his journey towards enlightenment, Buddha was King of the Toads. At that time the world was inhabited by all kinds of animals, humans and spirits; good spirits such as the ones that live in trees to protect them. The most selfish of all the creatures on Earth were, unsurprisingly, the humans. They were self-interested and had no respect for nature. They had little respect for the Gods as well. They ended up...
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Here I am shortly after my 70th Birthday volunteering in Nong Khai in North-Eastern Thailand. I am rather surprised myself that I should be doing such a thing but here I am teaching English to young people from Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. It is English with a purpose. My task is to help them explore their dreams for the future, the careers they want to pursue. I would like to say that I am here to make a difference but in reality the difference I am making is to me. I had come here as part of my University studies. When I retired from work I thought I would spend some time studying philosophy. This morphed...
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