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"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.

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  • Is the SIAE as bad as they say – Part 2? 06/08/2014
    So far, in spite of a repeated inquiry, the SIAE have failed to reply. Simona, manager of the “venue” has not been given the money back, although there is some vague talk (that I don’t understand) about offsetting the mistaken payment against future events. I have therefore written yet again, pointing out that
  • Is the SIAE as bad as they say? 25/06/2014
    If you happen to have ploughed through http://alex-wilding.com/2014/03/busking-in-italy/ you will not be surprised about the resentment felt by many musicians regarding the SIAE (the Italian copyright-collecting agency). In the past, this had been a matter of stories that I had heard, but now I am in the middle of direct experience. We Read more... Is the SI
  • Doing more music 25/04/2014
    Since I have started to do a bit more music – blues-based guitar playing, to be more precise – and since I hope to continue, I set up a Facebook “musician” page the other day. Thanks to the people who “liked” it, I got to the count where Facebook lets you set a URL that is Read more... Doing more music
  • Busking in Italy 23/03/2014
    This post began as a response, on a closed Facebook group, to a question about busking in Italy. By the time I’d written it I realised that I have collected a fair amount of information and it might be worthwhile “putting it out there”. On the other hand, I am well aware that there are things Read more... Busking in Italy
Wednesday August 5th, 2009. Posted by Alex W:

Wisdom Sun – Yeshe Nyima

That’s the name of the Harris Park centre. After the splash as it opened, I’d almost begun to wonder whether it was time to be disappointed – little or nothing was happening. But now things really do seem to be on the move.

A newsletter has been published. You can get it from them, or download it from here.

And the E-Vam site also now has a webpage for this centre.

It’s just a pity that so much is happening all at once, what with this, the visit of Lama Pema Dorje and the visit of Dekhung Gyaltsey Ripoche (see this recent post). Where to go? What to do? Who to see? When to get round to actually practising?

Sunday July 26th, 2009. Posted by Alex W:

Forthcoming events NSW

I’ve been busy lately, but have time now to report that

  • on the Kagyu side, Dekhung Gyaltsey Rinpoche will be here in August - if interested, check the Kagyu Samten Choeling site.
  • on the Nyingma side, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche will be here in August too. Here is a flyer about his visit to Canberra, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Bellingen, while this link is to a flyer specifically about the Sydney visit, where he will teach on Guru Yoga, Dzogchen and Lu Jong.
Wednesday May 20th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Apropos the Harris Park centre

Or apropos the last post, I had earlier said I’d give a general report, so here it is: teachings clear, house pleasant, atmosphere very relaxed and friendly. All-round good.

That’s so boring, I offer a funny fact. Having mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago that the Australian Club website just might make one think that one had stumbled on an exclusive and very discreet brothel (quite incorrectly, I should stress), and having mentioned the Kagyu centre in Harris Park, the blog logs show me that yesterday Google directed someone in Sydney to this blog in response to a query for “Brothels in Harris Park, NSW”. What do you know!

Saturday May 16th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

The day that Mahakala broke the table

So a couple of posts ago I mentioned the course this week-end with Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. Day one was today. For lunch we could choose the meat option (spag bol, I think) or the “vegitarian” option. Confident that the cooking would be better than the spelling, I booked for veg.

As we moved towards the kitchen, I asked Gary (one of the pillars of the new centre) if it counted as a Karma Kagyu centre. He wasn’t sure what I was getting at, and I explained I was commenting on the wish of “His Holiness Karmapa XVII” that all his monasteries and centres should stop preparing meat in their kitchens. Many a Tibetan monk has been dismayed by this, but they have done it. You do realize I was, though admittedly making a point, being fairly light-hearted about this, don’t you?

Well someone in front of me got their food, I got mine, and so did a couple of others. Then BANG. The left hand half of the table (with the cookies and bread on it) was spared. The right-hand half simply broke, dumping broken glass, crockery, bolognese sauce and veg sauce on the kitchen floor. Most people had to go out to local restaurants. Here’s a couple of pictures of the mess:


There have been jokes about Felicity’s powers – she is Rinpoche’s wife, and was the cook. So whereas you or I might look in a mirror and break it, the joke was that she only had to cook food and put it on the table to break it. There have been “sensible” explanations about “well the food was hot, of course, so it would break the glass, wouldn’t it?” (Of a purpose-made dining table, it should be said!) But we know the truth, I think, don’t we? Mahakala stepped in to say that the centre really should do what HH Karmapa said. That was the outer warning – next time will there be an inner warning, and a secret warning the time after? I shudder to think!

Monday May 11th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche in Sydney next week-end

For reasons not known to me, the E-Vam website still doesn’t carry even the briefest mention of the new centre in Sydney. So here is the contents of the flyer for the coming week-end.

“Mindfulness Living”

Weekend Course with Renowned Tibetan Buddhist Teacher and Author Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche.

16 & 17 MAY 2009 Harris Park NSW

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was recognised as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg lineage at the age of two and was enthroned as Abbot of Tra’gu Monastery in Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche has undergone rigorous scholastic and meditative training under various Tibetan Kagyu and Nyingma masters in India. Rinpoche came to Australia in 1980 where he subsequently established Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute in 1982. He regularly conducts courses and retreats and has travelled extensively in U.S.A, South East Asia and Europe conducting lectures and courses. Rinpoche is author of various books including the best selling The Essence of Buddhism and Practice of Lojong and has now established a number of Centres in Australia, New Zealand and U.S.A..

In this course Rinpoche will be discussing how mindfulness practice relates to all aspects of our life.

TIMES: Saturday 10am to 4 pm; Sunday 10 am to 12 noon

VENUE: 49 High Street, Harris Park, NSW 2150

COST: $65.85

Enquiries and Bookings: Yeshe Nyima Office Ph 02 9893 9008

Felicity: 0449579509, Email: yeshenyima@live.com.au

Pre booking is encouraged, Visa, Mastercard accepted.

Travel: Free Onsite Parking.

Yeshe Nyima is 3 minute walk from Harris Park Railway Station or 10 minutes walk from Parramatta Railway Station.

Lunch & Refreshments: available for purchase, complimentary tea and coffee.

Event proudly presented by Yeshe Nyima, Harris Park NSW.

I will report!

Saturday March 28th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

John Powers

John Powers gave a presentation in Sydney University yesterday under the auspices of the AABS. Entitled “Tortured Logic”, he dealt with the presentation of Tibet and of Tibetan Buddhism as provided by the Chinese Communist Party, as against its mirror image provided by the Central Tibetan Administration. Very informative, very clear.

John P is the author of what I think is one of the best introductions to Tibetan Buddhism there is. It’s called Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, straightforwardly enough. I’ve often recommended it, as it is solid, sympathetic yet impartial, assumes no prior knowledge at all on the part of the reader but really does give you an introduction, not just a few hand-waving, good-feeling morsels. So it was nice to meet the author and see a sharp, open and greatly knowledgeable mind combined with a warm personality and an enthusiasm for communication. A real scholar.

Sunday March 22nd, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Thank you to the SMH

The Sydney Morning Herald is probably the best paper around here, although the word “radical” would be a tad excessive. But this morning they not only put a story (1m 45s) about a video entitled ‘China’s brutality in Tibet exposed’ into their video section (at http://media.smh.com.au/ – though I’m not sure how long they keep their video reports there), but they even featured it on the front page! (By the way, that link just goes to the general video area at the SMH – you would have to look for this particular report yourself.)

Their front page says:

Tibet: China’s brutality on film
The Central Tibetan Administration releases ‘China’s brutality in Tibet exposed’, a documentary film of what they say are Chinese atrocities on the Tibetans.

Even this bit is not perhaps quite advised for the faint-hearted, although the paper has not shown the strongest parts of the video. The CTA clip itself can be seen at http://media.phayul.com/, and this is definitely not for the faint-hearted!