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

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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Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 18, 2017 at 22:41 1 Comment

We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight…

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SIMPOSIUM AT OASIS

Posted by David Brazier on July 11, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

On 8th July we had a meeting of six teachers at Oasis together with many visitors.

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Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…

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Feeding the Wolves of Desire.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 10, 2017 at 11:30 1 Comment

 

I remembered a teaching from Dharmavidya…

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Wasted

Posted by Andrew on July 10, 2017 at 0:00 7 Comments

My sons childhood friend was brutally murdered on Friday night. It is hard to believe that it happened. As he left a Birmingham pub a number of young people surrounded him. One of them stabbed him in the heart and he bled to death. He was twenty six years old. I can't get it out of my thoughts, why would any one be that cruel. Why as humans do we do this to each other. I've spent most of the weekend comforting my son, he went on Holliday with Daniel the friend that lost his life, two weeks…

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