Stephanie Dowrick on marriage rights for all

Stephanie Dowrick on marriage rights for all

Those of you living outside Australia may know that we are currently enduring a hugely expensive, divisive, national “postal vote” survey on the question of marriage equality, which is basically about whether every adult has equal rights to commit to marriage – or not. Currently everyone over the age of 16 who is not already […]

Stephanie Dowrick wishes Valentine Happiness for All

Stephanie Dowrick wishes Valentine Happiness for All

Let’s declare Valentine’s Day as a day for all. Love has infinite expressions…Let’s open to their mystery, their beauty, and their healing. Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day as inclusively as possible: all those lessons in love (some so necessary, so timely; some so hard), all those teachers of what love is or can be (some lost, […]

“Right speech” saves relationships, mends hearts

“Right speech” saves relationships, mends hearts

Greater happiness? Less suffering? Let your everyday speaking and listening lead the way. Few teachings are as refined and as practical as those that guide us on Buddhism’s “The Noble Eightfold Path”. Today I am thinking deeply about the third: Right speech.  [You will also find a video talk on this website on “Right View”.] […]

Overworked? Make a list!

If the day feels impossible and it’s hardly begun, take charge. Make a list!  Invest a few minutes to identify and write down those “countless” demands. Look hard at them. Strike out any that are not 100% necessary. Consider what you could pass on to other people. Think creatively about how you could do something differently […]