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COOL NOT COLD

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THE GOALMost people have little or no idea about the goal of Buddhism. When I realised this, I published the book “Not Everything is Impermanent”. Most people said, “But I thought that Buddhism taught that everything is impermanent.” Only those who…Continue

HOMILY TO THE DRAGONS: REFUGE

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Dragons also take refuge in Amida Buddha. The dragons are proud of their role as defenders of the Dharma. They roar around on their motorbikes and scare off ghosts, demons and anyone who seems to represent a threat. However, all these threats only…Continue

HOMILY TO THE DRAGONS: KINDNESS

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This morning my homily to the dragons was on kindness. After all, dragons must learn kindness too and they have their special contribution. The Dharma is not just about kind folk remaining kind nor just nice people being nice. Buddha nature will…Continue

THE TRUTH ABOUT CRAVING

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Sep 9. 1 Reply

Much of what I have learnt as Buddhism over the years appears to be topsy-turvy. Although there is a well established idea of what Buddhism is, this is deceptive. There is a hidden meaning within Buddhism that most do not see. The hidden meaning is…Continue

SHUNYATA AS ALONENESS

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EMPTINESSBuddhism talks a good deal about shunyata, emptiness. What is this emptiness? The earliest Buddhist texts provide a psychology of what we could call the point mind - a mind without content. Our modern (and later Buddhist) psychologies speak…Continue

ON NOT BEING IN CONTROL

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Aug 18. 2 Replies

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGYOn the one hand, Buddhism is a broad church or umbrella under which many diverse ideas and methods can cluster. Currently there are many popular methods that have some Buddhist connection. Thus we have mindfulness, qi gong, and…Continue

AGAINST RACISM

Started by David Brazier Aug 14. 0 Replies

Buddha came from a “yellow” race, Jesus and Mahommet from a “brown” one. Nobody who claims to follow in the footsteps of these great teachers should be making decisions based on a hierarchy of skin colour. They didn’t. They gave teachings that were…Continue

DHYANA: WHAT IS REAL MEDITATION?

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SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT MEDITATIONWe should ask ourselves, what is meditation, really? Meditation is surely not sitting still and silent while one’s mind wanders all over, even if, from time to time, one achieves some self-consciousness of what is…Continue

HOW TO CHOOSE A TEACHER

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I am often asked how one can select a good teacher. How is one to know if somebody is genuine or not? This seems to be a big worry for some people. They are wary of being tricked. For Western people to give up even a smidgen of their independence is…Continue

ANJIN MAKES THE PATH EASIER

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In Buddhism there is a theory of conditioning. All conditioned things are impermanent. Buddhism is a religion that is about transcending impermanence and reaching the Deathless - nirvana. However, by definition, one cannot reach the unconditioned…Continue

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Comment by Ryusho Jeffus on March 17, 2018 at 19:00
Beautifully and skillfully stated. Thank you.
Comment by Tamuly Annette on March 13, 2017 at 20:46

Illustration des cinq niveaux selon Tung Shan

Lors de ses enseignement à l'Oasis, durant ce mois de mars 2017, Dharmavidya a commenté les cinq niveaux de la voie, selon Tung Shan. Ces niveaux sont illustrés par des métaphores particulièrement parlantes.

1. L'orgueil précède la chute

Au début de la nuit, quand la lumière de la lune est encore à venir, il n'est pas surprenant de rencontrer sans la reconnaître l'ancienne souillure profondément cachée dans le cœur.

Interprétation:

La nuit se réfère au samsara, c'est le temps de l'obscurité. La lune représente le Dharma apparaissant dans le monde. Tant qu'on ne l'a pas rencontré, il n'est pas possible de comprendre en particulier nos fautes et notre responsabilité. On est sûr de soi, mais de façon limitée. Nous avons des preuves de notre nature cachée, mais nous ne les reconnaissons pas. A ce stade, nous croyons que la réalité doit s'incliner devant nous. Nous pensons que tout nous est du. Nous avons l'impression que nous pouvons tout avoir et tout accomplir et si ce n'est pas le cas, nous accusons les autres.

2. Se prosterner devant la vertu

La vieille femme ridée trouve un vieux miroir. Là, apparaît son visage, différent de celui qu'elle avait imaginé. Saisie, elle s'arrête et pourtant elle reconnaît son image.

Interprétation:

La vieille femme ridée représente la personne qui a de l'expérience et a perdu un peu de l'arrogance de sa jeunesse. Trouver le miroir signifie trouver le Dharma ou se voir soi-même. C'est un choc. Nous faisons face à ce que nous sommes réellement: nous avons plus d'expérience ,mais nous avons perdu notre beauté. A ce stade la personne s'incline devant la réalité.

3. Avoir atteint la perfection

Loin du centre, il est une route sans poussière,

Contente-toi d'éviter et ne considère pas ce qui est actuellement interdit

Coupe ta mauvaise langue et avance vers la victoire.

Interprétation:

Assagi par l'expérience consistante à se voir soi-même, on recherche une voie. Très vite, on découvre un principe pour s'améliorer. C'est la position de la religion conventionnelle. La part obscure est réprimée et la personne se conforme à ce qui est considéré comme correct. La question est de distinguer le bon du mauvais et d'obéir aux principes. C'est une attitude moralisatrice. Dans la mesure où l'on adhère à la rectitude, on considère qu'on est parvenu au but. Du point de vue du Mahayana, c'est la position de l'arhat.     

Comment by Stephen greenberg on January 6, 2016 at 16:23
Dear Dharmavidya, I've just read your writing on Contrition. As usual,you always know how to get right into my heart!Contrition is indeed born from honesty.Admitting our Bombu reality is so freeing.However, I'm caught in the Self-power/ Other-power quandry.If we accept our Bombu state, how do we proceed? Do we still strive while knowing we can never do it "perfectly"? To some the Bombu paradigm doesn't gel with our bootstrapping indoctrination.How have you navigated our perennial tightrope walk?
Namo Amida Bu, Steve
 
 
 

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 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…

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Grace.

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

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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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