Happy Mother’s Day to All Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to All Mothers

This Sunday is a special day to show our gratitude to our mothers. We all know how much our mothers have suffered for us, caring and worrying for our general health and well-being. We should endeavour to show our appreciation to our mothers every day but these days we do so little or often next to nothing. So at least once a year on this day we are given an opportunity to make an effort to say thank you to our mothers. Hopefully, you are doing just that this year.

This year on Sunday it will be a sad day for us as it will be our first Mother’s Day since we lost my wife’s mum last year.

For me, this day also has a poignant reminder of my late mum who passed away when I was young and so I am unable to say thank you to her in person. But I don’t let that stop me saying how much I loved her and appreciated hardship she endured for us. I would whisper into the empty sky, messages of love and appreciation, wishing she can hear me which I do every time I look up into the dark sky at night and also on the anniversary of her death. She passed away very young before I was the age to bear the responsibility of looking after her.

Such is our life as fleeting as the moment comes and we cannot and should not take it for granted. Take every opportune moment to say how much you love your mum and how much you appreciate her.

Not a day goes by where I don’t think of my mum even after all these years.Every mother is the world’s best mum to their children and to me my mum is the best.

Nameysamey Kadrinchey Ama! Thank you beyond sky and earth.

Tashi Delek!

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International Women’s Day  

International Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day around the world to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. So many countries in the world still don’t treat women as their equal to their male counterpart. This day should hopefully raise that awareness.

Today we are very lucky in our country as opposed to other countries where women are treated so badly. There is still a long way to go but the movement for change is steadily progressing. We have to give due credit to our cultural and traditional inheritance in how our society is valued morally but still a long way off to get the economic and political equality for women on par with men.

Around the world, over the last several centuries women had died fighting for their rights and now we should not let their sacrifices to be forgotten. This is a fundamental right for any human being to be treated an equal either man or women.

Support this day by respecting women as your equal. Extend the hand of friendship and make this your legacy to pass down the generation for aeons to come.

Tashi Delek!

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Thank You Campaign – #RDEThankYou

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) launched a week-long Thank You campaign in March this year to give staff the opportunity to say thank you to colleagues across the organisation.

I want to thank you publicly for all your fantastic support over the last so many years particularly last year when I needed the most. The year 2017 was the ‘annus horribilis’ (a terrible year) for my family where we lost our mum after several months of, on and off admissions to RDE and while that was happening the cancer diagnosis for my wife, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the RD&E hospital. Happily, she is in remission now and undergoing rehabilitation.

Our colleagues provide care with such compassion, dignity and dedication to everyone they see, and to say I am part of this organisation is a proud feeling. I should know that after having experienced at first hand with mum’s and my wife’s illness. This is a great opportunity for me and my family to say thanks publicly during the campaign week of #RDEThankYou. So here is my short message of thanks, I posted on various social media sites.

Thank you RD&E
Thank you, my colleagues,
Thank you to everyone I know
Thank you to everyone I am yet to know
Thank you for this opportunity to thank you all

So many reasons to be thankful to this great and sacred organisation for the service it provides to everyone with such unconditional devotions and compassion.

Thank You & Tashi Delek!

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Dorsem – Glorious Vajrasattva

Glorious Vajrasattva – Dorsem

མི་རྟོག་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐབས་ཀྱི་ཡེ་ཤེས་ནི། །

mintok dorjé tap kyi yeshe ni

You are the primordial awareness of skilful means—the indestructible state beyond all concepts,

དམིགས་མེད་ཤེས་རབ་ཡུམ་གྱི་ངང་དུ་རྟོགས། །

mikmé sherab yum gyi ngang du tok

Realized in the nature of the Great Mother, transcendental wisdom free from any reference,

ཐུགས་རྗེའི་བྱེ་བྲག་སྣ་ཚོགས་ཅིར་ཡང་སྟོན། །

tukjéi chedrak natsok chir yang tön

Displaying your compassion, in all its variety, in every kind of way—

རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ་ཆེ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །ཅེས་དང་།

dorjé sempa ché la chak tsal lo

O Great Vajrasattva, to you I pay homage!

ཨོཾ་བཛྲ་སཏྭ་ཨཱཿ ཞེས་སོ། །

om benza sato ah

oṃ vajrasattva āḥ

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Snowman and his dog!

In the month of March 2018, 1st day of the month to be precise, we have had weather like no other weather for years in Devon, in fact in the whole country. The last time we have had this bad was in 2010 when I tried to go to work and had to turn back but this time I managed to get to work. Driving home from work was very scary though as it took forever to get home.

Here are some pictures from our region of the world.

Snowman and his dog visited our garden for a day and left the following morning. We had great fun taking pictures of them as they were super cool.

This is the Phear Park in Exmouth. When I took this picture there were not many people and shortly after that, they came with their snowboard, Sledge, and whatever they can use for sliding down the hill.

This is the Marpool hill in Exmouth. You have to be brave to drive on this road when it is very slippery. I was glad I wasn’t driving.

This was the view from our window on Friday morning.

Cars were frozen solid like glue has been poured over it. There was no way anyone could drive. Aside from few four-wheel cars, I didn’t see any cars on the road.

By Saturday morning it had started to thaw and most of the roads were cleared where we are and back to normality. Sadly many of the remote villages are still cut out with heavy snowdrift and may take several days to clear the road.

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Bhutanese New Year 2145 – The Year of the Earth Male Dog

The Year 2145 of the Earth Male Dog

Happy Losar to you all reading this. The year in the Tibetan calendar is 2145 – The Year of the Earth Male Dog as per the astronomical system based on the Kalachakra; the wheel of time tantra, which was translated into Tibetan from Sanskrit in 1027 A.D. where the Tibetan year also begins.

The Losar is celebrated mainly in Bhutan, and in Tibet and these days outside of Bhutan by Bhutanese expats living overseas as well. The New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Bhutan which goes on for several days in many parts of the country.  Everyone wishes everyone with the greeting “Tashi Delek!,” which is a wish for good health, happiness and good luck for the year ahead.

On the day of the New Year’s morning, people get up really early to wash and make offerings before the breakfast of specially prepared meal overnight. My family in Bhutan when I visited them arranged the day out for a picnic lunch. They prepared varieties of delicious meals at home to take.  It is a day that mixes celebration with relaxation where most people would play archery our national game, dego, khuru, etc.

Losar Tashi Delek!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14 February every year around the world. On this day of all legend has it, the night before Valentine’s execution he wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter and on it at the end of the letter he signed “Your Valentine” to thank her for looking after him.  This later down the years got adapted to “From your Valentine”.

This was and still is a religious day to honour him, sadly today the day is heavily commercialized. Whatever your beliefs, this is a day of love and so pray through this love that peace may shower upon us so that every being on this earth can live in harmony.

We should share compassion, loving-kindness and peace around today as that would be what St Valentine would have expected from his martyrdom and his legacy to be.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

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