Is the Dalai Lama really a racist?


We walked into our usual wine bar at the usual time to find, unusually, Sid (Buddha to everyone else) already there, devouring a bowl of rice pudding and looking like the cat that had cream on its rice pudding too! "This looks Om-inous, rice pudding means an enlightenment has occurred, what have you been up … Continue reading Is the Dalai Lama really a racist?

Buddha & Voltaire discuss political correctness in a wine bar!


"Sticks and stones will break my bones .... but your words they really offend me!" "Namaste mero saati" said Buddha on entering the wine bar and settling down on a settee, legs tucked under him. "Namaste Sid, sanchay cha, baat kanna bhayo?" replied Dr C. "Come on you two, drop the Nepali we all know … Continue reading Buddha & Voltaire discuss political correctness in a wine bar!

I’ll probably be “no platformed “; A question of voting rights?


Why is “more” nearly always believed to be better than “less”?  Sometimes this is a very practical question, such as whether taking more of a particular drug/medicine is more beneficial than taking less. For example if you have a blinding headache taking more and more paracetamol won’t do you a lot of good!  On the … Continue reading I’ll probably be “no platformed “; A question of voting rights?

Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!


Epictetus, the Stoic philosopher, has always been a favourite of mine alongside Epicurus and Socrates. One of his lasting pronouncements was “Only the educated are free”, a phrase we originally used as the motto of our new primary education charity in Nepal back in 2007. We chose to set up an education based aid organisation … Continue reading Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!