Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Bardo

I do not know how the series of talks by the Trangu Rinpoche over the weekend may affect the others attending them. For me, it has meaning only in two ways. It gave me a first taste of how the … Continue reading

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The Very Venerable Khenchen Trangu Rinpoche

In many ways, it was a very strange encounter to meet the VV Trangu Rinpoche yesterday.   Before the two talks the first of which was scheduled for 3 p.m., yesterday, I did some research on the internet.  It turned … Continue reading

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Biases and Prejudices

In a chapter called "Why Clever People Believe Stupid Things", Ben Goldacre quotes Robert Persig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as saying: " The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t … Continue reading

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Personality and Illness

Chinese medicine has long advocated a balanced life and aims to treat not just the disease but improve the health of the patient as a whole. Its methods are holistic, not piecemeal. Western medicine is beginning to catch up and has begun … Continue reading

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Music and the Temporal Lobes

Reading another chapter of Musicophila last night has certainly deepened my understanding of that wonderful addition to the human brain, the temporal lobes.   In this 27th chapter, Sacks recounts his experience with an elderly Latvian woman, Vera B, suffering from inter alia, severe … Continue reading

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Goodbye or See You Soon

Yesterday came and went with a surprise and a dinner. The surprise was not one I welcomed but the dinner brought some hope.   Shortly before 5 p.m., I got an email that our Spanish "profesor" would not continue to give us … Continue reading

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Before last night, I did not know that there is a disease or psychological disorder called "Williams Syndrome". Now I do.   In a chapter called "A Hypermusical Species: Williams Syndrome", Oliver Sacks, who wrote the bestseller "The Man who … Continue reading

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