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A Buddhist blog written in plain English

If you’re looking for ways to improve your life and enjoy your days through the practice of Buddhism, this site is for you.

I post several times a week, presenting traditional Buddhist ideas in a straight-forward no-nonsense style so that you can make sense of Buddhism as it applies to how you actually live your life.

I’ve been living my Buddhist life for 20 years. I use examples from my own life so you can see how this stuff works on the ground.

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About me

My name is Padma. I’m from England. I live in Brighton.

I’ve been a Buddhist for around 20 years (and ended up getting a Masters degree in it).

I’m a member of the UK Association of Buddhist Studies. I’ve written articles for the BBC Religion and Ethics site and my previous blog was in regular rotation on the home page of The Independent website.

I’ve been interviewed on national radio (BBC Radio 2 and 3) about Buddhism and blogging, as well as a bunch of local radio in the UK and Canada.

I was involved with the FWBO (now called the Triratna Order) for a few years, but have not been involved with any organisation for over a decade. I visit different temples and centres in different countries when I’m in the area and in the mood and have friends from many different Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions.

I love walking in mountains and I also love big cities.

I had a brain haemorrhage some years ago and very nearly died. I came out of this with a greater respect for, and confidence in, Buddhist practice. I’m convinced it kept me alive. It also allowed me to remain peaceful, content and mindful when faced with the end of my life. The more that time passes, I realise this experience has had a pretty big effect on my outlook.

(If you’d like to know more, you can listen to the interview I did for the ‘Sustainable Futures’ radio show on CJSF in Vancouver.)

If you have ideas or questions, feel free to email me.

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