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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Désirée Verstraete yesterday. 1 Reply

First announcement and request for sponsorship of my next book by Windhorse publishers.…Continue


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I have been reading Ron Purser’s new book, McMindfulness: How mindfulness became the new capitalist spirituality, published by Repeater, London, an imprint of Watkins Media and distributed in the USA by Random House, New York.Mindfulness, in its…Continue

COMING HOME ~ Satya Robyn's new book just out

Started by David Brazier Mar 8. 0 Replies

Kaspa writes...I just wanted to know that the book on refuge that Satya has been working on has just been released. It's a Pureland Buddhist take on what refuge means, illustrated with stories from Satya's own life - including some featuring the…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jun 29, 2018. 0 Replies

I have just completed readingNialle Kishtainy 2017. A Little History of Economics. Yale University Press 249 pages.which is an excellent tour through the many schools and theories that have emerged in economics over the last few centuries. It is a…Continue

Le Miracle Spinoza

Started by David Brazier Feb 6, 2018. 0 Replies

Item from Annette TamulyFrédéric Lenoir, Le Miracle Spinoza (Fayard, novembre 2017)Outre l’extraordinaire modernité de Spinoza (1632-1677), ce qui frappe avant…Continue


Started by Ian Summers-Noble. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Dec 20, 2017. 1 Reply

Coming towards the end of "GRIT: why passion and resilience are the secrets to success" by Angela Duckworth.  I love that we now have research and  populist books in Positive Psychology and I have enjoyed Marty Seligman's books.  Psychology research…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Aug 4, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

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Comment by Myokei Caine-Barrett on January 11, 2017 at 8:12

Several on my shelf at the moment--I generally read several at one time!

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD, North Atlantic Books. Black dharma teachers/practitioners engaging race, gender [and intersectionality] and class.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Speigel & Grau A writer's candid conversation with his son about being a black male.

The Great Awakening:A Buddhist Social Theory by David Loy, Wisdom Publications. Explores the interaction of Buddhism and [post]modernity and how Buddhism can help to develop "liberative possibilities".

Comment by David Brazier on January 9, 2017 at 23:10

Making gardens is a wonderful practice.

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on January 8, 2017 at 17:35

Today I planted the Rosa glauca I ordered recently in the Pure Land inspired garden I am making on our allotment. I was really excited about this. It has red stems in winter, red-tinged leaves in spring, pink flowers in summer and purple hips in autumn. It attracts polinators and birds. The perfect Pure Land plant, making me think of Amida, the changing seasons, and attracting Amida's insects and birds into the garden to sing the Nembutsu with me. The climax vegetation in Leicester is forest, so I'm managing the garden as forest-edge. Projects for this year include changing some of the ground cover to clover and adding a small pool and rocks. I'm very excited about it.

Comment by David Brazier on January 4, 2017 at 17:29

The moss gardens are especially impressive. Then, I was once in a glade in Northumberland and came across something very similar made by nature - magical.

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on January 4, 2017 at 17:05

I am pleased to hear that you have been in some of these wonderful gardens. I am particularly impressed with the care I see in the images which has gone into placing stones, water and plants. There is a seamlessness about them, a lack of hard edges, which helps with experiencing co-dependent origination, I think.

Comment by David Brazier on January 4, 2017 at 10:52

Responding to Andrew, on my visits to Japan one of the most wonderful things has been spending time in the temple gardens. Making such places of tranquility and beauty is surely one of the noblest of occupations.

Comment by David Brazier on January 4, 2017 at 10:51

Responding to Annette

- I know that my philosopher friend Mary Midgley who is well into her nineties thinks that eternal life would be rather trying.

- 'enhancing' human nature: who is so wise as to know what such an enhancement would be?

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on January 4, 2017 at 10:07

At the moment I am reading The Essential Shinran, Edited by Alfred Bloom. I find it very soothing. I have been spending a lot of time sitting with Dad in hospital and when he is tired or asleep, I read this book. I like the multi-layered nature of Shinran's thought and all the unwritten possibilities it opens up. At the same time, I have just finished reading Conundrum by Jan Morris. I read that at home. I found it fascinating. I could only read one chapter at a time as it's like rich fruit cake. I refresh my reading by reading one chapter each of The Temples of Kyoto and Kyoto Gardens. I'm making a Pure Land inspired garden on our allotment and I find these books very useful for ideas. I'd like it to have a little tea hut eventually.

Comment by Tamuly Annette on January 4, 2017 at 9:54

I have started reading a book by Luc Ferry who is one of the contemporary well-known philosophers. The title of the book is "La révolution transhumaniste" Plon. Modern scientists are and will be more and more able not only to cure diseases but "enhance" human nature, get rid of the symptoms of aging, prolong life etc. " A life without end: a nightmare or paradise on earth?" is one of the questions raised by Luc Ferry. What answer would you give to him? 

Comment by David Brazier on February 13, 2015 at 10:51

I've just enjoyed reading The Princess of Isis by Edouard Schuré (Ibis 2004). It is a novel written in popular style and is an allegory of purity and corruption of spirit. The characters who represent these tendencies initially love one another and finally, inexorably, destroy one another. One can read all kinds of parallels into it. A few of the chapter titles may give you a bit of the flavour... The Elect Couple; The Prophetess; The Garden if Isis; Master & Disciple; Black & White Magic; The Funeral Pyre. Romance, history, dark deeds, magic, spirituality, politics, intrigue. The moral: A soul is worth more than an empire. A good read.


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Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 6 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…



Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue


Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…


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Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 0 Comments




I have recently been made aware of a practice known as Ho’ponopono. Ho’ponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice, based on universal forgiveness, that was rediscovered and popularised in the 80s. A man called Joe Vitale(Hawaiian I think)  became enchanted by the practice after his daughter was healed from an…


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