Articles - published in April 2014

Recipe – Chickpea and potato curry

This is a nice, classic vegetarian curry that can be put together quickly, as long as you have the spices in stock in your kitchen cupboard. Sarah says, “I keep the red chilli whole in order to provide a mild ‘heat’. It’s easy to remove once the sauce is hot enough.” Chickpea and potato curry Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed 2 heaped tablespoons of coarsely grated fresh ginger 1 baking potato, cubed Oil (olive or sunflower), about 1 or 2 tablespoons I tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 heaped teaspoons of ground cumin 2 heaped teaspoons of ground coriander 1 heaped teaspoon of mild curry powder 1 whole red chilli, kept whole and washed Half a veggie stock cube Ground black pepper Fresh coriander, chopped Method Sauté the onion for a few minutes in the oil, then add the garlic, ginger and potato and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Add the spices and cook another minute or two. Add enough water to help scrape off any stuck bits from the bottom of the pan and to provide enough sauce. Add the chickpeas and gently simmer for 10 mins or so and the potato is cooked. Serve with rice. Sarah... Read more

Meeting the Buddha – Dedicated to Rosemary on her Going Forth

Samanartha writes: This article is based on a talk I gave to celebrate Rosemary’s leaving for her Ordination retreat. In it I’ve tried to evoke, if somewhat briefly, some of the myth and hence the importance of what she has embarked on.  Firstly, what do we mean by ‘the mythic’ or ‘myth’? In a Buddhist context we don’t use the term ‘myth’ in the sense of something not being true. Instead, the mythic is something like a deeply held belief, story, or organising principle that creates a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. These myths are not ones in which we are observers but are something that we participate in and actively live out. For example, I’m a great uncle and when visiting my family recently I could see that living out the myth of the family is very important to them. It carries a strong sense of purpose and even of meaning for the people involved and is something that is obviously lived out. This, of course, is fully supported by society and is a very strong myth indeed. For some people, however, to only live out these common myths – such as those of the career or the family – seems lacking and unsatisfying in some way. And this propels some people to begin a search, a quest for something else, something that may include the myths of the career and family but is ultimately a vastly bigger myth. It is this quest for greater meaning that explains why many people arrive on the shores of Leeds Buddhist Centre. “In a way the Buddhist path... Read more