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This is a group in which we can share information about what we are currently reading or have read and discuss emerging themes..

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OF HUMAN BONDAGE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Aug 4. 5 Replies

I have just completed reading Of Human Bondage, volume I, by Somerset Maugham. It was published in 1915 and is the story - probably substantially autobiographical - of a young man growing up and having great difficulty finding direction in life. I…Continue

POWER, WEALTH & WOMEN ~ Gandavyuha

Started by David Brazier Jun 4. 0 Replies

I am reading Doug Osto’s book Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism: The Gandavyuha-sutra…Continue

THE ASIATICS ~ Frederick Prokosch

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier May 3. 2 Replies

Last night I read a chunk of the novel The Asiatics, by Frederick Prokosch. I say "a chunk", because my copy is missing the first fifty pages or so, so I was plunged into the middle of the action, at which point out hero was already locked up in a…Continue

Hallelujah Anyway by Ann Lamott

Started by Jan Wizinowich May 3. 0 Replies

This little book explores mercy in humorous and insightful ways. Lamott shares her stories as illustrative of our bombu natures with honesty and humor. What I found particularly interesting is that she is Christian, but has what I consider a…Continue

THE DIARIES OF SOPHIA TOLSTOY

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 1. 7 Replies

I am currently reading this work, translated by Cathy Porter, published in London by Alma Books. This paperback edition was published in 2010.I am finding it more interesting than I expected. You can imagine the dynamics of the Tolstoy household. He…Continue

THE HEALING POWER OF MIND

Started by David Brazier Mar 7. 0 Replies

Review by Attila MislaiTulku Thondup Rinpocse' book of The Healing Power of Mind) seems to be so consonant with Zen Therapy as if the authors would have joined with each…Continue

THE SEA, THE SEA

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Feb 18. 3 Replies

Iris Murdoch, 1978. The Sea, The Sea. Panther. Fiction. 502 pages. Winner of the Booker Prize. Last night I started reading The Sea The Sea  by Iris Murdoch. This is the third or fourth of her novels that I have read - maybe the fifth. They are each…Continue

JUST AS YOU ARE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 7. 3 Replies

A new book by…Continue

EVERYMAN

Started by David Brazier Jan 27. 0 Replies

Submitted by Attila MislaiEveryman by Philip RothThere is a silent desperation that keeps haunting the main character in Roth's excellent novel. Nothing dramatic, nothing hysterical,…Continue

The Incantation of Frida K.

Started by Alexi Francis Jan 27. 0 Replies

I'm about halfway through The Incantation of Frida K. by Kate Braverman. I was a little reluctant to read about the life of Frida Kahlo again - there seems to be a lot about her. I'm struggling with the book because of this but what makes it a very…Continue

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Comment by David Brazier on November 13, 2017 at 13:48

Thanks, Robert - yes, let's hope so. An opening up would be a step forward. The science-religion binary has worn a bit thin but still inhibits much creative thought on both sides.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 13, 2017 at 0:33

While science and Buddhism have had many places of accord this seems a very new place for science based enquiry to engage with consciousness; let alone the experience of death. I am quite elated to see this as it will open new pathways to those many people who shun religion for the more 'reality' based critical sort of enquiry that science is regarded as premised upon. Many paths.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 20:49
Thanks Charlene. .. I cannot recall whether that term has been used.
Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on November 10, 2017 at 14:20

Robert McCarthy thank you. I read a bit of Neuroscience and have noted none of the authors use the word Consciousness. Good to know there are areas of science interested in exploring how our perceptions weave with what we believe is "out there." Robert, do any of these authors mention the unconscious? 

Comment by David Brazier on November 10, 2017 at 7:03

Thanks, Robert. Very interesting. Of course, science is having its say but these are not new ideas - not to Buddhists anyway :-) . And also 'of course' we are bound to ask "How can it be like that?" - a real mind teaser.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 5:06
Ps the author is Robert Lanza
Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 4:54
I have been very much drawn to reading and attending conferences around recent understandings of science in relation to consciousness and notiobs of other power. I am currently a third of the way through a recent book ' Beyond Biocentrism' br David Lanza. While the language is not so technical the current understandings are deeply challenging to our lived notions of reality. Here are a few paragraphs that illustrate where science is looking.
Experiment after experiment continues to suggest that we—consciousness, the mind—create space and time, not the other way around. Without consciousness, space and time are nothing. This consciousness is co-relative with objects in that space-time realm. The conclusion seems inescapable. Suffusing the cosmos is the realm of mind, whose observations cause objects to materialize, to assume one property or another, or to jump from one position to another without passing through any intervening space. These results have been described as beyond logical comprehension. But these are real experiments that have been carried out so many times that no physicist questions them. As Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics . . . Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will go ‘down the drain’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped.” But biocentrism makes sense of it all for the first time, because the mind is not secondary to a material universe. Rather, it is one with it. We are more than our individual bodies, eternal even when we die. This is the indispensable prelude to immortality.
Comment by David Brazier on October 25, 2017 at 8:35

Robert - yes, i think that this is an important and dreadful matter. The tools evolved to make a liberal society super comfortable can also be the means of total oppression so it is possible that we are walking like blind children into a caldron of misery waiting somewhere in the future. The road to hell is paved with such intentions and collectively we cooperate in creating the conditions for our own destruction.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on October 25, 2017 at 7:38
I am reading a book..."against the fascist creep" by Akexander Reid Ross. It studies this subject from its earliest named time around the beginning if the 20th century right through to Trump and Brexit.
The author holds me in domething of a grim spell as I finish the chapters up to the late 1940s. It is hard to accept the power of a full on fascist government with todays technology very much including mass media.
I was going to write a review of an earlier book I read but felt I could not do it justice and instead quoted paragraphs on facebook.
Comment by Robert McCarthy on August 8, 2017 at 0:16

Thank you David. I will be pleased to write a review of this book.

 

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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