I find myself considering the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and at the same time, the words of the founder of Chalice Well Trust, Wellesley Tudor Pole. I am excited by the thought of what might emerge in 2019’s forthcoming Many Paths, One Source festival ‘The Practice and Philosophy of Buddhism’,
'I believe that a new spiritual impulse will leaven human thought and action in every department of life. This spiritual awakening is showing itself everywhere. It is not confined to any one Faith and is as active outside organised Religion as within it. The fundamental truths of religion and the spiritual life will gradually, once again, become the bases of human endeavour.
When the seer speaks of fresh light upon the hills he is trying to make us understand that this light of a new Day is already within each one of us, waiting to be recognised…
The great truths are the simple ones… Jesus revealed the secret of how ‘all these things shall be added unto you’ and by ‘these things’ he surely meant wisdom, truth, beauty, joy and the capacity to live sane and happy lives’
Wellesley Tudor Pole
'We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion....
This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.
So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.’
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama