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Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

I am an avid book reader. I prefer to read books by Indian authors or books set in India. I am also very interested in the Hindu religion/philosophy, so I do quite a bit of reading in that area. I also enjoy attending my local Hindu temple. It is so beautiful there, and the people are so gracious. They also serve delicious food. It is served with such love it is a joy to partake. I also am a real armchair traveller, so travel literature is a real favorite . I have also become a practising Buddhist, so I do a tremendous amount of studying, which I love. I enjoy going to my local Buddhist temple for study and meditation. Just to walk into the shrine room and see the beautiful serene statue of Buddha is very calming. I am also attending Yoga classes regularly, which I enjoy very much.I am also trying to improve my meditation.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Bilawal Bhutto My Prayers Are With This Young Man



I fold my hands in Prayer to this young man. May he follow well in his Mother's footsteps.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Benizar Bhutto

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of this beautiful person, and to the people of Pakistan. Her loss will be felt by people from around the world

Monday, December 10, 2007

Peace and Love




May the blessings of the Buddha reach out to everyone this holiday season.


Prayer for the Dalai Lama

May all sentient beings be healthy and happy. May His Holiness the Dalai Lama have a long life, and continue his tireless efforts to bring the Dharma to all mankind, and justice to the peoples of Tibet. Om mani padme hum!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Happy Diwali



















I want to wish all my Indian friends a very happy Diwali. May your days ahead be filled with love, peace and happiness.

Sylvia.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dalai Lama Visit



I am still enjoying the magic bubble I am encased in after attending the talk by His Holiness, who I am proud to say, is my spiritual leader. I relished every second spent in his company. It is an enormous privilege to be able to so, when so many of his followers in Tibet are denied this due to the Chinese, an invading force.

His Holiness is such an engaging person, when he speaks its as if he is speaking to you, and to you alone. On Sunday, I think there were close to 8 thousand people in attendance. He had each and everyone spellbound. His talk was very relaxed, at times humor filled.

He said ” the problems which we are facing, including Tibet, ultimately they are here, pointing to his heart, “First inner disarmament, then outer disarmament”. Despite all the atrocities committed by the Chinese upon his people, he is still an advocate of non-violence. He firmly believes that violent confrontation only heightens the violence. To me this makes perfect sense. How can peace prevail when it is forced upon another by violent means?

To me this was the highlight of my year; I cannot explain just how it enriches my life to hear his Holiness speak. I treasure his written word, and to hear him speak in person is just a wonder.

When he travels back to India, he will take with him yet again the love and respect so many Canadians have for him. I am so proud of our Prime Minister, meeting with His Holiness openly despite the insane drivel from Chinese authorities. I hope, under his breath Mr Harper was saying, "China, blow it out your ear".

Tashi Delek

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Dalai Lama Is Coming To Ottawa



This beautiful, gentle, peace loving man will be here Sunday, (Oct 28)and I will be attending his teaching. This will be the second time I have seen His Holiness and I am so excited.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Golden Age

Recently I read "A Golden Age" by Tahmima Anam. The story is set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence. It tells the story of a family, and of a country on the brink of revolution, at a moment when all things seem possible. The opening line of the book caught me"Dear Husband, I lost our children today." From that moment on the book never let me go. It is the moving story of one woman's life during Bangladesh's War of Liberation, and the lengths to which one is willing to go for the people they love.
This is a must read.