Is Enlightenment Conscious Suicide?
Oct 18, 2016 10:55AM WST

This is a question that was posed to me by a friend when we were discussing some of the vocabulary around Buddhist Enlightenment; with words like Cessation and Extinguishment. It is a good question that plays into the ... Read More

Is Buddhism a Religion?
Sep 28, 2016 11:10AM WST

This question comes up a lot, and many people think Buddhism is not a true religion because it does not have a “Godhead”, at least in the conventional way that one may think of a religion. I wish to make the case ... Read More

Belief Faith & Knowing
Sep 26, 2016 10:37AM WST

In this essay I would like to examine the ways that we use our senses to apprehend the world and then look at the ways that we make an interpretation of what we are experiencing.BeliefThe most common and probably the most ... Read More

Jul 7, 2016 13:42PM WST

From the perspective of Buddhism, and its emphasis on finding balance in life through meditation and mindfulness, it is easy to see that our mental existence is a very important part of our being. Buddhist knowledge ... Read More

Where is Enlightenment Today?
May 22, 2016 16:08PM WST

Back in the time of the Buddha, some 2600 years ago, in the foothills of the Himalaya’s, enlightened men and women seemed to be everywhere. The Buddhist Sutta’s talk about thousands of enlightened monks, teaching ... Read More

Scholars and their thoughts on life
May 3, 2016 10:41AM WST

Following on from my last blog, (The Human Condition)  where I attempt to write from my personal insight and view into reality and truth, (helped with the Buddha’s insight and teachings), I would like to share the ... Read More

The Human Condition
Mar 9, 2016 11:04AM WST

(As seen through Buddhist eyes)Definition of life.Life is the experience of both consciously holding on to and conditioning oneself in relation to the world, or being subconsciously held, while being conditioned in ... Read More

Concerns and Questions about Past Life Regression
Feb 17, 2016 10:41AM WST

Website Enquiry  Name:  Steve    Email:    providedComments/Enquiry --- Concerns and Questions about past life regressionHi Dennis,I found you through your very impressive Buddhist ... Read More

Consciousness & Being Right.
Jan 26, 2016 14:26PM WST

A recent news item from the Daily Mail site about a Kangaroo showing emotion by cradling and trying to lift his female partner, who had just died, and the events that followed has prompted this Blog. Evan Switzer, a man from ... Read More

The Middle Way
Jan 8, 2016 11:29AM WST

In this blog I hope to point to and illustrate the idea of the “Middle Way” of religion as spoken about by The Buddha some 2600 years ago. It is essentially the resolution of the argument that embroils humanity ... Read More

Atheism and Religious Experience.
Jan 6, 2016 14:12PM WST

This is a synopsis of an experiment by Derren Brown which I would like to connect to the next blog that looks at Atheism as an extreme or opposite to Unctuousness spoken about in the previous blog. The next blog will be ... Read More

Unctousness & Dukka (Suffering) in Buddhism
Nov 10, 2015 09:32AM WST

Unctuous is a word I learnt on an Ayurveda retreat in India. It came up in a context of describing the so called “Kapha nature” in Ayurveda. We all have it in some measure. There are three qualities or ... Read More

Ayurvedic Retreat India
Sep 7, 2015 11:23AM WST

SOMATHEERAN AYRUVEDIC HOSPITAL & RESORT. --- Diary of Dennis Sheppard, August 2015 These are some notes I have written about the treatment we received when Heidi and I spent a couple of weeks at the Somatheeram ... Read More

The Conscious Mind, The Sub Conscious and The Double Slit.
May 14, 2015 07:45AM WST

Quantum Mechanics is a wondrous study of reality. It poses conundrums that are hard to reconcile, like “Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle”. There is a well-known thought experiment that illustrates this ... Read More

Ajahn Chah and the Question of Will
Feb 22, 2015 12:48PM WST

I would like to address a myth or a confusion that holds “will” as an ultimate energy for enlightenment. The idea that a fully realised person has full control over themselves and perhaps their environment! ... Read More


09 Aug 2019 : The Formless Realms

The Formless Realms always seem to be a formidable topic in the Buddhist teachings. I would like to share with you a more generalised insight into what they are and what they mean. The Formless realms can be seen as higher order mental realms or states ...

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18 Jul 2018 : The Present Moment

Sanity, Reality & Peace lives here ---- where the past and the future unify.The Buddha confirmed that our Life and the Universe are mental constructs. He invited us to come and see! He had realised that our minds are deluded such we have become ...

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26 May 2018 : Consciousness & Compassion

Consciousness is somewhat tricky to understand in a direct way because we are using it constantly to interpret our situation. It is so deeply ingrained into our being that we cannot easily see it directly without a sustained practice to realise its ...

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24 Mar 2018 : A New Poem --- Letting Go of Life

I have just finished writing a blog that hits the spot for me. It is called "The Hero's Journey". (See my blog spot above.) This poem was written concurrently and addresses my fears and grief in letting go of life.(Click Here)

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05 Jun 2017 : New Poem "Perceptions & the Switch"

This new poem has been gestating for some time, and following a recent discussion with our Monday night Meditation group at the Cambodian Buddhist Society, (CBSWA) the time had come for it to be written.I think this poem is an important poem for ...

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09 Oct 2016 : New Poetry with a theme

There is a new poem called Fearing the Moment which is now listed in the cascade above. It is poem highlighting the depth into truth that our minds can see along with the joy of practice, but is also pointing to the subtle fear ...

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06 May 2015 : Hypnosis and Past Life Workshop

"Hypnosis and Past Life Workshop" added under "Public Talks" drop down.

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10 Apr 2014 : You Tube Poetry

I have added a new section to the cascade area to highlight some of my poetry that I have read and performed on You Tube. Doing this has enabled me to speak directly about the poems context. The first two poems are new. I hope you like them.

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04 Dec 2013 : 2 New Poems. Death the theme.

Two poems added.Death and the Brightening MindMeditation on Death

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29 Nov 2013 : 3 NEW POEMS Stillness the theme

Three new poems addedThe Subtlest EnergyThe Right Side of StillnessThe Burden of Stillness

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