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The Buddha (“Awakened One”) taught that life is characterized by dukkha, which means unsatisfactoriness, suffering or stress. Fortunately, he also taught that liberation from dukkha is possible for anyone who is willing to make the necessary effort.

The path to this liberation is what is meant by “Buddhism,” and those who walk on that path could call themselves “Buddhists.”

The term “Buddhism” is a bit misleading however. In fact, due to historical and cultural differences have emerged over the centuries which, while sharing a common core, may differ to a lesser or greater extent in their ethical, philosophical and practical dimensions.

Extract taken from “The Life of the Buddha & Buddhism”

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Kingfishers are small unmistakable bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water’s surface. They are vulnerable to hard winters and habitat degradation through pollution or unsympathetic management of watercourses. Kingfishers are amber listed because of their unfavourable conservation status in Europe. They are also listed as a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act offering them additional protection. (Extract from RSPB)

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The Speckled Wood occurs in woodland, gardens and hedgerows. Butterflies often perch in sunny spots, spiralling into the air to chase each other.

The aptly named Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. The male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers, except early and late in the year when aphid activity is low.

‘Speckled Brown Butterfly’

The range of this butterfly contracted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but has spread back since the 1920s. It has continued to spread over the past two decades, recolonizing many areas in eastern and northern England and Scotland.

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