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HOTEL DU LAC

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ART & PRACTICE

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Comment by Désirée Verstraete on September 14, 2018 at 15:43

MUSICA

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_2fyB4dj4UOM Chanting + Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation @ 432Hz | 1 Hour Version

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on August 6, 2018 at 6:34

POESIA

H. Marsman

Phoenix

Vlam in mij, laai weer op;
hart in mij, heb geduld, verdubbel het vertrouwen-
vogel in mij, laat zich opnieuw ontvouwen
de vleugelen, de nog moede en grauwe;
o, wiek nu op de verbrande takken
en laat den moed en uwe vaart niet zakken;
het nest is goed, maar het heelal is ruimer.

google would translate this as 

H. Marsman

Phoenix

Flame in me, flare up again;
heart in me, have patience, double confidence
bird in me, unfolds again
the wings, the still weary and gray;
oh, now watch the burned branches
and do not let the courage and your speed drop;
the nest is good, but the universe is wider.

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on August 1, 2018 at 10:52

 MUSICA 

(celebrating life today, Oona being born yesterday) 

 sorrir, bailar, viver......to smile, to dance to live........

second version with subtitles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_2fyB4dj4U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64t-e6LpytM

 

Dulces Pontes: Canção do Mar

Fui bailar no meu batel

Além do mar cruel

E o mar bramindo

Diz que eu fui roubar

A luz sem par

Do teu olhar tão lindo

Vem saber se o mar terá razão

Vem cá ver bailar meu coração

Se eu bailar no meu batel

Nao vou ao mar cruel

E nem lhe digo aonde eu fui cantar

Sorrir, bailar, viver, sonhar contigo

Vem saber se o mar terá razão

Vem cá…

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on July 30, 2018 at 18:40

MUSICA 

Amidada-Sutra & Kyrie  ..........( a fusion, past and future? )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3kXAnaVDK0

Music video by Gregorian Chant performing Buddhist Shomyo & Gregorian Chant: Amida Kyo (Amida-Sutra) & Kyrie: Lord, Have Mercy. (C) 2009 www.kuk-art.com - Josef-Stefan Kindler & Andreas Otto Grimminger

 

Comment by Désirée Verstraete on July 17, 2018 at 22:44

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 July 17, 2018 at 19:47

"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 July 17, 2018 at 16:07

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 July 15, 2018 at 7:58

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

 

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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

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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