Okay, “Enlightenment or bust” might be a bit dramatic, but…

"Dang Zang" is an empty name. The blog has to do with the dharma; material related to Buddhist teachings (Tibetan style in particular, Kagyu in even more particular), meditation, gurus and lamas be they genuine or flaky, books and events. I do have a more personal blog, Pica Pica, and a site for my work.

Oh yes, it's by Alex Wilding


  • Donny, Theresa and the Brexit effect 29/01/2017
    In her attempt to pretend that there is enough other “free trade” out there in the world to compensate for the financial hit to the UK (lower wages and higher prices, to you and me) that Wrexit will cause, we have seen Theresa May cosying up to a variety of questionable characters, most notably the […]
  • When spin approaches lie 26/01/2017
    When is that? In Theresa May’s  speech to Republicans she is expected to say that “… as we end our membership of the European Union – as the British people voted with determination and quiet resolve to do last year – we have …” (The sentence goes on with more waffle-words like ” sovereign and global Britain”.) […]
  • Fight for me, Teresa 01/01/2017
    Theresa May seems to be revealing herself as a Class One “say-whatever-you-think-people-will-like-to-hear-at-the-time,-and-preferably-in-words-that-are-vague-enough-not-to-be-falsifiable-later” merchant. After “Brexit means Brexit” (eh?) and “I want a red, white and blue Brexit” (uh?), she claims in her New Year’s message that she will fight the remainers’ case in Europe too. Now, I am a remainer, or I would have voted […]
  • Post-almost-everything 07/12/2016
    There could well be several reasons why Teresa May is not willing to say what her Wrexit plan is. The obvious one is that the government hasn’t got one. It may have a flag, but it doesn’t have a plan. Another reason, almost as obvious, is that whatever plan the government has will alienate a lot of […]
Tuesday April 14th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Stupa again

This picture may not be as in-yer-face as those posted below, but it is really interesting. The pictures were taken by a good old friend and dharma-buddy of mine, Dave Lawson, who has done a lot of work as a professional photographer; these are from his early travelling days. The first one is of a stupa in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, close to where Guru Rinpoche is thought to have come from. Dave took this picture in the early 1970’s and thinks that it has probably been smashed down by now, as have the Buddhas in Bamyian (Afghanistan) – he took those two pictures, below, at about the same time.

Dave says that the shots are of poor quality as they were taken with a half frame camera, but points out that this is a panorama that can no longer be taken.

The single Buddha is the larger one on the left of the panorama.

As usual, don’t forget you can see more detail if you click the pictures.

Dave has just sent this view, again one that can not be taken now, looking back over the valley from the top of the head of the Buddha. He says he got sick afterwards, and I think blames it on the disrespectful act of standing there. But now that’s definitely balanced out, I think, as we can all see this glimpse from the past.

Wednesday April 8th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Two more fun stupas

The first one is from the net, source unknown, please tell me if you have copyright:

That is fun, isn’t it? Don’t forget you can click for a more detailed view.

The other one is at Benchen in Kham – my copyright this time! Photographed in 1992:

Tuesday March 17th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Stupa with wow factor!

It’s time to be cheerful. I came across this picture of a stupa in, I think, eastern Tibet: