Waaay back on the plains of Amdo
Waaay back on the plains of Amdo

NB: It’s 17 October 2019, and I’m working on a better appearance, so the site may look weird from time to time.

This site has been around since before the millennium. It used to be called Dang Zang, and before that it was just chagchen.org. The internet has changed since then, hasn’t it?

Before Google, a list of interesting websites you got from a friend was a valuable resource, but the number of websites has mushroomed – and so has has the rate they come and go. A mere human can no longer keep track, even in a small niche.

Although… see the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, which I just came across, where you can find a properly curated list.

So a rethink is underway. I left a few old blog posts that have been popular – the one about euthanasia, for example, still gets looked at a lot. Occasionally there are new posts, but the blog is secondary to what I hope the site will become.

“Quick guides” has a page on some good (and bad) reasons for becoming a buddhist. People do want to know how to become a Buddhist, or how to BE a Buddhist for that matter, so there is now a page on 12 words worth knowing to bluff your way as a total beginner. If you find those help, you can download a free PDF with an expanded list. And there is a short essay on some of the foolish misunderstandings of the teachings on karma (action) that are out there.

Under Home (up there), About might tell you whether you want to bother reading, while Gallery is a small and rather personal scrapbook.