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Review: The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit, and What I Learned

Stephen Schettini has written another Buddhist memoir, The Novice, to add to my list of Westerners writing in this sub-genre. This book carries some of the main themes I have already noted in my extensive reading of Western Buddhist memoirs (see post). His book reveals themes that are consistent with other Western monastic tales. He […]

Dhamma Talks of Ajahn Gavesako

The dhamma talks of Ajahn Gavesako can be found in three books published by the Maya Gotami Foundation. Two are separate volumes of dhamma talks titled A Fragrance of Dhamma. And the third is a well-illustrated book titled The Seven Practices of a Healthy Mind. The Seven Practices of a Healthy Mind focuses on happiness […]

Review: Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw

Practicing the Jhanas by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen is a typical, practical meditation guidebook with a unique (for many modern English-speaking practitioners) set of instructions—the ancient Samadhi practices of absorption meditation or the jhanas. In the foreward to this book, the well-known Pa Auk Sayadaw writes that this book he hopes will be a […]

Review: American Buddhism as a Way of Life

American Buddhism as a Way of Life by Gary Storhoff and John Whalen-Bridge is part of the SUNY University Press series on Buddhism and American culture. These editors are not Buddhist Studies scholars but rather English professors who also have published SUNY’s The Emergence of Buddhist North American Literature. American Buddhism as a Way of […]

Review: Turning the Wheel of Truth

Ajahn Sucitto’s recent Turning the Wheel of Truth: Commentary on the Buddha’s First Teaching by Shambhala Publications follows a recent trend of scriptural commentaries for the modern reader. However, this commentary is different in that it is not about meditation or the intricacies of the Buddha’s teachings on practice, but rather it is a commentary […]

Wordless Wednesday: A Whole Lotta Architecture

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Wordless Wednesday: Dog Days of Summer

Tagged: honden in utrecht, oudegracht, oudegracht hond, photography, summer in Utrecht, utrecht dogs, wordless wednesday

A Dutch Guide to Camping

During the summer months (or at least the part of summer that has good weather) the highways of Holland become filled with caravans as Dutch people make their way to camp sites all over the country (and nearby countries if they have enough petrol). The Dutch love to go camping but it is not camping […] The post A Dutch Guide to Camping appeared first on Invading Holland.

Wordless Wednesday: Nieuwegracht Ironwork

Tagged: ironwork, nieuwegracht, Pausdam, photography, utrech architecture, utrecht streets, wordless wednesday

Becoming Dutch: Visual Guide #1

This cartoon first appeared in the July/August edition of DUTCH:The Magazine The post Becoming Dutch: Visual Guide #1 appeared first on Invading Holland.

Wordless Wednesday: Film, Food, and Fietsen

Tagged: 't hoogt, bicycles, cycling, Dutch architecture, dutch cycling, fingerposts, photography, street photography, tour de france, wordless wednesday

Cars, Caravans and Sleep Deprivation

(The following is a story I wrote last year for a story telling night. It has never appeared on this blog until now. Since I’m away on a camping holiday this week it seemed appropriate. Enjoy). When my daughter grows up she is going to be a scientist. This might sound like quite a bold […] The post Cars, Caravans and Sleep Deprivation appeared first on Invading Holland.

Greek with a French Twist

Mykonos, besides being a Greek island, is a restaurant here in Utrecht just off of Neude. When I passed by the other weekend during the Tour de France Grand Depart events, I couldn’t help but notice a certain French bistro … Continue reading ?

Odd one out

… or, one of these things is not like the other. Tagged: american autos, classic cars in utrecht, oddities, photography

Back to our regularly scheduled weather …

Tagged: new and old architecture, photography, Utrecht churches, Utrecht skyline, weather, wordless wednesday

Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave

Every Dutch summer is the same. At first it seems like there will be no summer at all. The weather is terrible. It rains. It’s cold. It’s cloudy. It rains some more. Then suddenly the entire country is hit by an intense heat wave as if summer suddenly realized it was late and is desperately […] The post Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave appeared first on Invading Holland.

Utrecht’s Gone a Little Yellow

In case you haven’t seen enough yellow this past week in Utrecht, Toerisme Utrecht did a bit of guerilla marketing in the early hours of this morning, putting out yellow sunglasses along a large stretch of the Oudegracht. (As an … Continue reading ?

Domtoren Tour de France Concert

In about an hour, at 12:30, there will be a special cycling/France-themed Domtoren concert. With the Tour de France ready to start tomorrow, the theme is obvious. Carillonneur, Malgosia Fiebig, will be performing a fantastic set list that includes Tom … Continue reading ?

From the Kitchen to the Podium

JEDDAH ELITE LADIES TOASTMASTERS by Rayeesa Tabassum This year, our city, Jeddah, had the privilege of hosting the Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference: SATAC 2015. It was a grand affair, bringing together the best speaking talents from all over the country. Show More Summary

Bikes, Flowers, and Flags for the Tour de France

This adorable, at-an-angle building on the Oudegracht is often decorated for various festive events, such as Queen’s Day/King’s Day. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they’ve gotten into the Tour de France spirit. The flag is a common one you’ll see … Continue reading ?

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