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This group is for contributions on culture and the arts, including film, drama, mythology - music, mandala, mosaic, labyrinth, calligraphy, dance, symbolism, etc.

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HOTEL DU LAC

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Carol English Jul 12, 2017. 2 Replies

I’ve just watched the film Hotel du Lac. It was made in 1986 and starred the actress Anna Massey who plays the part of a…Continue

ART & PRACTICE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Mar 15, 2017. 6 Replies

My two part piece on Art & Spiritual Practice has been published in Buddhist DoorPart…Continue

Spirit Boats

Started by Alexi Francis. Last reply by David Brazier Jan 27, 2017. 3 Replies

I'm just sharing a…Continue

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Mandalas

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Comment by Désirée Verstraete on Tuesday

Chamuel, Haniel, Jeremiel, Jophiel, Michael, Raphael, Raziel, Uriel,

Zadkiel........ which angel will it be?

but you are right, things come as they come, now I can see

Comment by David Brazier on Tuesday

"This drunkenness began in some other tavern."

Blindly I arrived, trusting the angel -
perhaps I should have known better
but I'm sure it will be alright in the end
or when they send me on my next assignment.
Perhaps, while I'm still here,
I'll try to find my way around, a bit,
but it seems often better to just take things as they come
don't you think?
I'm sure the angel will be back before long.

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on Tuesday

POESIA

RUMI

Whoever Brought Me Here

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.

This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I’ll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? 
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home.

This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
I don’t plan it.
When I’m outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

Trans. Coleman Barks.

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on Sunday

Avalokiteshvara à 1000 bras,chonsu kwanum posal

images musée Guimet Paris

collection Coréen

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on July 11, 2018 at 10:41

MUSICA

Music can be so comforting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw9fKuymA0I&t=284s

Ink Painting: Gao Xingjian

Comment by David Brazier on July 9, 2018 at 9:23

Thank you, Désirée

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on July 9, 2018 at 7:48

MUSICA

Mantra of Light

Korean Buddhist chant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnxMDdfHB0Q

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on July 4, 2018 at 7:50

Hymn for Mother of God of St.Nectarius of Aegina in church-slavonic. St.Sergius & Herman of Valaam church. Valaam. Russia. 1998.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7vvPXz-Qes

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on June 30, 2018 at 11:37

MUSICA

one of the most beatiful songs in the world

Lisa Gerrard

Sacrifice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXsxYf2UMA&list=RDBoXsxYf2UMA

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on June 26, 2018 at 21:23

the link to You Tube might not work

then just fill in   ' Hôyô Zen '

 

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Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.

The scene opens in the republic of Kapilavastu, depicted as a green and pleasant land, with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop. (I was…

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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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Shinran and Ippen

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…

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