He is my favorite monk. He was born in central Vietnam in 1926, and started his training at the age of sixteen. He was one of the first bhikshus to study a secular subject at university in Saigon, and one of the first six monks to ride a bicycle!!
He was a Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry. He worked on why some people become suicidal when they get depressed, and others don’t and used their new understandings of who was most at risk to adapt Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to prevent new episodes of depression for those who were most vulnerable.
Oscar Wilde was twenty years younger than the great artist James Whistler with whom Wilde was awed. Both travelled in the same aristocratic circles and had become fast friends despite their differences. Whistler was an elitist and had a strong personality. Wilde was a populist and milder in his manner. Eventually, Whistler tired of Wilde […]
We grieve for those whom you were attached to. Where there was deep love, you will feel deep sorrow. There will be a profound awareness of something gone. Some of us will react to this separation by crying, others by silent contemplation. Old memories will rush back and you will want to re-experience your loved […]