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WHY ARE YOU?

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn on Thursday. 3 Replies

I am. I am what I am. A walnut tree grows walnuts. It does not grow tulips. The tulip plant is no less than the walnut tree. The walnut tree is no less than the tulip. Yet the tulip grows no nuts. I am living my life. You are living your life.…Continue

ON NOT UNDERRATING THE DHARMA

Started by David Brazier Feb 26. 0 Replies

Buddhism is a mystical religion.It is noumenal. It does not fit within the common paradigm, but soars far beyond.Those who turn their hearts and attention to what is beyond this world are called mystics. Buddha was one. This is why he is called a…Continue

THE HYPNOTIC SELF

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Nati Feb 21. 2 Replies

Self is an intervening fantasy that masks reality. What does this mean?Perhaps one eats too much chocolate. One feels a bit sick. One learns not to eat so much of it at one go. Simple.However, what may happen is that after eating too much chocolate…Continue

NO CRITICAR, ACEPTARLO TODO

Started by Nati. Last reply by Óscar Martínez Feb 11. 1 Reply

Publicado por David Brazier el 4 de diciembre de 2018 a las 16:17 en "Budismo"Hay un maravilloso texto que registra las palabras de los Padres del Desierto o Abba. Los Abba eran ermitaños…Continue

RESPONSE TO RICHARD: One small but important quibble

Started by David Brazier Jan 8. 0 Replies

Richard Ollier has recently published an essay in the Journal of Global Buddhism "Dharmavidya’s Engagement with Hōnen: How a Contemporary British Pureland Buddhist Teacher Retrieves his Japanese Spiritual Heritage"*It is a good academic article and,…Continue

HOW THE WEST LIKES TO MISREAD BUDDHISM

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jan 5. 3 Replies

I have recently read an essay about Theravada meditation. Of its type it is an excellent essay. It decribes samatha (calm meditation) and vipassana (insight meditation) and the relations between them, showing how in some schools samatha provides a…Continue

THREE JEWELS ON THREE PLANES

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Dec 23, 2018. 2 Replies

The Three Jewels are the heart of Buddhism. The three are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. They are the foundation and core of the Buddhist religion. When one becomes a Buddhist one takes refuge in the Three Jewels. So what are they and what…Continue

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Started by David Brazier Dec 22, 2018. 0 Replies

We are once again at the festive mid-winter season. Throughout history and probably pre-history too, people have celebrated this time as the turning point of the year. The shortest day is just past. From now on the days will get longer as the planet…Continue

SILENT ILLUMINATION

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Dec 20, 2018. 2 Replies

There is a form of Zen or Chan meditation that is called silent illumination. It has been said that illumination simply means awareness and that this method is, therefore, that of sitting still in complete awareness, simply allowing life to pass…Continue

MEDITATION WITH NEMBUTSU: Part One

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Carol English Dec 14, 2018. 5 Replies

Meditation is a natural expression of spiritual liberation. When we are swimming in grace, the heart lifts and sings. In following the Dharma one is filled with joy and gratitude that Buddha’s appear in the world. The traditional way to express this…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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SUCCESSFUL FIRST ELEUSIS SEMINAR

Posted by David Brazier on March 15, 2019 at 16:59 2 Comments

We have just had our first Eleusis Seminar on the theme of the Philosophy of Taoism.

Sixteen people took part and from immediate feedback it seems to have been a great success.

We shall do more.

There is a second meeting of a more open kind this evening.

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Posted by David Brazier on February 27, 2019 at 11:59 0 Comments

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GROUP

Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 3 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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