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ART, MYTH & CULTURE

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

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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

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Spirit Boats

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Mandalas

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Comment by Carol English on November 9, 2015 at 19:14
And a very good poet.
Comment by Carol English on November 9, 2015 at 19:13
Hi Sujatin,
Thanks for letting me know. From the poem i can see he was a man of deep feeling and thoughtfulness.
Comment by Sujatin Johnson on November 9, 2015 at 18:09

Here is what Modgala wrote on 29 October '13:

Yesterday Padma, assisted by Jnanamati  conducted a beautiful service for Richard. His wife Ruth had chosen some lovely music and pieces of poetry some written by Richard. Despite the storm many people came both family and friends from the different arenas of Richard’s very full life. Ruth wrote a lovely biography that drew together Richard’s family life with his involvement in ecology, geo-poetics and Buddhism. Everyone loved the Buddhist funeral – the chanting and ceremony that Richard too would have loved.

In particular people were glad to take part by placing leaves the Ruth had gathered in Alexandra Palace on the wicker coffin. Most touchingly the basket of leaves was held by Liam who had become close friends with Richard in our London Amida sangha.  I was glad to offer an eulogy remembering how Richard's life had touched me and our Amida world both in London and via ning, especially through his poetry; also to pass on the messages of love and condolence to Ruth that had come from many people who had met him and who could not make it to the ceremony.  Afterwards we met and shared and celebrated Richards life at Islington ecology centre and viewed  photos of him and his books of poetry etc. Travel on well Richard.

Comment by Elja Stoel on November 9, 2015 at 18:03

Thanks for sharing Sujatin. 

Comment by Sujatin Johnson on November 9, 2015 at 17:56

I am sorry to tell you that Richard, who lived in London and was a dearly beloved member of the sangha there, died two years ago.

Comment by Carol English on November 9, 2015 at 17:47
Nice poem
Comment by Richard Meyers on March 1, 2013 at 14:13

Don't know if this is the place for an occasional poem but -

Some kind of shamanic ode:

(Not sure about title!)

Asthmatic cough keeps me conscious

Gets worse – an old bloke under a bridge

A rough sleeper hacking into the dawn;

Listen:

Some kind of owl screech

Or fox plaintive cry for vixen kindred;

The morning is a long time coming

And it’s bloody cold out –

I too would raise a yell

Enduring this hell of a place for long

Would take me to the edge

Living out each night in what is northern

Would induce a need to wander

To taste lambent breath of caribou

It’s there in the Amanita – Amitabha – Amida

Coughing a sweetened sputum a nembutsu

Exhalation:

Pure (Puer) Land of our child of earth

Sphere of red caps and bronze boughs

Green vistas of gold pollen

Take a long breath

Call out

Speak the name

Look to the trees

Amble.

 

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Nembutsu Question

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

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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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Buddhism Day

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on March 28, 2018 at 15:46 1 Comment

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…

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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

Posted by David Brazier on March 19, 2018 at 21:43 1 Comment

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…

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