mind-boggling blog awards 1

804px-ErasumsDurerHi there, blogger buddies. This is about a couple of award nominations that arrived at my door the other day, sent by Rory, at beyondthedream.co.uk. It reminded me about other award nominations I’d received, just left there on the shelf, gathering dust. Why? Because I have a pretty small group of blogger buddies in my little window here and the requirements are finding others to nominate… that’ll be too difficult, I thought. So, well, anyway, this is how things were and I wasn’t sure what, how, where to begin. Then it seemed do-able, somehow, and I started to get into it a bit more. In the process, I began to think about the idea of REFRESH and renew and to reappraise the whole concept. Thinking about it can go on and on but it’s the doing-of-it that makes it work. It’s a good thing really, the circulating Awards for these really mind-boggling blogs to be found here and there on the planet, I never really doubted it. It does need a bit of focus to get it all presented correctly, but what I see now is that doing this, collecting all the links and connecting it all up, of course, brings us all closer together.

So that’s how it happened for me and I’m grateful for Rory’s nominations for both the Versatile Blogger award, and the Best Moments Awards. I’ve been following Rory’s blog, beyond the dream, for about 6 months and there’s all kinds of interesting observations on Non-Duality in his archives. Also a wealth of related material that’s well researched. I’m a regular visitor. Okay, then, this is what it looks like:

versatile blogger award

And now I have to share SEVEN THINGS ABOUT MYSELF:

1. I was born in the North of Scotland. It’s really cold there – and that’s all I can say about it.

2. My favourite fiction authors are Richard North Patterson, Scott Turow, Robert B. Parker and K. C. Constantine.

3. There are two exceptional countries in the world, Switzerland and Japan.

4. I had cancer in 1994, in Thailand and some Theravadin Buddhist monks helped me manage the pain and recover from surgery. After that I became a Buddhist.

5. I do 30 mins meditation every morning. But sometimes I forget.

6. At the Delhi meeting in 2012, the Dalai Lama spoke to me and held my hand. His skin is so soft!

7. My wife is Thai, we have no children of our own but take care of our 9 year-old niece part-time.


Awarding the people who live in the moment,

The noble who write and capture the best in life,

The bold who reminded us what really mattered –

Savoring the experience of quality time.


Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.


  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in
  • MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award
  • Thank you everyone for following my blog and all your ‘likes’ and comments. It means a lot to me. What am I trying to do with my blog? It’s been described as chapters in a travelog/spiritual autobiography. That’s it, more or less; the Buddha’s Teaching on the simple reality of being here. And that’s why I believe blogging is important; we’re all in different parts of the world, yet we’re all here, each in his/her reality space, contemplating this, reading others’ pages, writing our own. That’s the internet, it’s simply amazing. The intention is just to share what I’ve learned about how it works, moment by moment. I’d call it Applied Buddhism, rather than the theoretical kind. It’s the doing-of-it, the ‘practice’ that has helped me. And it’s in this way that I hope it can help other people. The sense of it is generosity, relinquishment, giving it all away, no holding on, no attachment. All this springs from G R A T I T U D E to the monks in Thailand who helped me in 1994, and changed my life. It’s only been about 9 months since dhammafootsteps went public but, bit by bit, it’s becoming part of my life. I spend the first two hours of every day reading the blogs I follow and checking comments and replying to these. I copy parts of posts that are interesting and paste them into my own notes. My own posts are often developed from this source material. It’s how we learn. And so that’s all I have to say right now. I’ll be back soon with some other award nominations that are lying on the shelf. Thanks again for the nominations and thanks too everyone for doing what you’re doing and the creativity of all bloggers everywhere.
  • a mindful traveler
  • A4man
  • burgessart
  • everyday gurus
  • gems of delight
  • grow your innerself
  • julie green
  • ladybluerose
  • mindful diary
  • poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom
  • shift
  • spiritual artwork
  • superaalifragilistic
  • the wind horse blog
  • who is bert
  • ps. could someone tell me how to get rid of the formatting of these bullets?
  • Image: Durer engraving of Erasmus 1526, Rotterdam, Holland

31 thoughts on “mind-boggling blog awards 1

    • You’re welcome. Soon I’d like to get around to accepting the two awards you nominated me for some time ago. Thanks for all your comments and participation…

      • It’s my pleasure and I’ll be thrilled when you do that! By the way, one thing I’ve always wondered: is it the case that your home is in Chiang Mai but your work takes you to India and Switzerland?

      • Thanks again. Yes, the base is in New Delhi right now. We used to be in Switzerland, and we were also in Dhaka, Bangladesh. So it’s like being on the road all the time. I’m in Chiang Mai at the moment looking after M…

      • Fascinating! You are so lucky to be in Chiang Mai (although I’m sure it’s very hot now). I hope to return again this December/January and if I would be honored to meet you and to sit together.

      • Okay, let’s do that, I’ll be in Chiang Mai then. Starbucks at Tha Pae? We can make arrangements nearer to the time. It’s hot like an oven here right now but there’s some rain too, so not so bad. I’ll be in Delhi on 25th and I heard it was 43C today…

      • Wonderful! That sounds ideal, but as you say let’s make arrangements nearer the time. I hope the weather improves, here in Korea it seems to be finally warming up but I thought that last week too.

  1. Congratulations, from your terrific writing skills, you truly deserved these nominations. BTW, I had no idea you were from North of Scotland, guess I am currently living in your homeland 🙂 Hope all is going well you, it would be good to catch up with you at some point. In fact, I want to thank you for asking me about coloring of B&W pics as it gave me an opportunity to spend sometime learning to do so for some of my work.

    • You’re welcome Manish. Yes, I studied in Glasgow but I’m from the North, paternal grandfather came from Orkney, Mother’s side from the Moray Firth. And yes let’s get back to our discussion about graphic work. I’m busy with M and her small world right now. Expect to be back in Delhi by 25th May, and there’ll be time then. Thanks for all your comments and observations…

    • Yes, it takes a while to get through all that information, doesn’t it. Your artwork posts contain all the best moments and there’s vesatility too, so that’s why…

    • Thank you. I’m interested in your zen moments with the horses and fields – so different from my tropical world here. Hope your weather is improving…

  2. Congratulations, tiramit. You are so blessed to have held the hand of the Dalai Lama. Sounds like it brought you peace. Thank you so much for the nomination. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

    • You’re welcome. All kinds of interesting posts in your blog and I particularly like the background landscape – that road disappearing into the distance. I haven’t seen anything like it in anywhere else…

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  4. Congratulations! Well deserved. Thank you so much for nominating my blog. Very kind of you. I already have this one, but i do appreciate it : )
    Enjoy your day.

    Love and Peace, Summer

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