July 2, 2019

Children, three things are essential in life: knowledge, health and wealth. We think that if there is wealth, we have everything, but what if we lose our health? We do not know the value of good health until we lose it. Even more important than health and wealth is kno...

October 30, 2018

Tārā is a female bodhisattva and an important goddess deity in both Buddhism and Hinduism. More properly, she may be regarded as a set of forms or avatars that represent different aspects of the same qualities, principally those of compassion and sympathetic action. Tā...

October 2, 2018

YOGA’S APPROACH TO GRATITUDE

The concept of gratitude appears in all religions and various ancient texts as a virtue and blessing from a higher power. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is set out at 2.39:

“Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha) we recognize the blessings in ev...

December 11, 2017

If you plan to come to Ubud at this time you are probably aware that one of the volcanoes on the island has been showing some activity since September 2017. For people who live here in Ubud and for the most of the rest of Bali, except for the area within 12km of the vo...

September 15, 2017

When I set out to write about Balinese given names I thought I would just have to explain the four most common names that locals seem to use everywhere. But the Balinese Naming system is somewhat more complex than that.

The most common names are Wayan, Made, Nyoman, and...

June 23, 2017

When you walk around Bali you are sure to see small palm leaf baskets containing flowers and other objects on the ground or on small platforms at the front of houses and you may wonder what they are.

They are Canang Sari where canang means basket and sari means essence....

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