Landscapes of the Heart

 Does a faqir have a home? Isn't faqiri about giving up fixedness of homes, tearing out one's identity from narrow prisons of nations and nationalisms? Which side of the lines drawn in blood do I want to consider my homeland?   Train journey from Dhaka to Chiitagong: view from train window March 1972 Abba said … Continue reading Landscapes of the Heart

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Prioritizing Serenity

In the words of its founder, Ani Sangmo, a nun from the Netherlands, “Thosamling means a place to listen and contemplate. Thosamling provides a home for Buddhist women who want to contemplate, do retreats, or study under the guidance of a qualified Tibetan Teacher. It is the first nunnery for International nuns and Buddhist women in India.”

Ours is not a caravan of despair

When I was writing my travelogue, 'Alternative Realities', I had wished I could one day visit Rumi's resting place. I'm leaving for Konya, Turkey, to visit Jalaluddin Rumi's (1207-1273) shrine. When I was writing my travelogue, 'Alternative Realities', I had wished I could one day visit Rumi's resting place. Why must you go? My mother … Continue reading Ours is not a caravan of despair