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THE WISH TO PRACTISE A RELIGIOUS LIFE

Started by David Brazier Dec 3. 0 Replies

Commentary upon the Summary of Faith and Practice, part two.Text: wishing to practise a religious lifeA Foundation The wish to practice a religious life is the foundation of meaning and happiness. Nowadays, many people have no idea about living a…Continue

AFFINITY WITH INFINITY

Started by David Brazier Dec 1. 0 Replies

Commentary on the Summary of Faith and Practice, Part OneText: For those having a karmic affinity with Amitabha BuddhaThis is the first phrase of the Summary. It tells us for whom this text is written and to whom it applies. An implication is that…Continue

THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT THE RIGHT IDEA

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Marianne Jacuzzi Nov 4. 5 Replies

A view that I encounter repeatedly in Buddhist circles is the notion that in order to be enlightened one needs to have a correct idea of… emptiness, interbeing, oneness, the real nature of Amida, nonduality… you name it.One is told that when one…Continue

A FEW WORDS ABOUT GRIEF

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Yaya de Andrade Oct 31. 4 Replies

A correspondent recently wrote to me as follows:"When you talk to me about grief you never say stuff like 'This is all just a figment of your deluded conditioning.  Grief isn’t real.  Well, it’s only real in relative terms anyway.  If you could just…Continue

MEDITATION, MYSTICISM & MORAL DEVELOPMENT

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Gerald Beeck Oct 31. 1 Reply

I recently read an article that argued that (a) there is no necessary relationship between meditation and mysticism and that (b) the purpose of meditation is purely the cultivation of positive moral traits. Given in support of this was the…Continue

MEDITATION IS AN AUXILIARY PRACTICE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Gerald Beeck Oct 31. 4 Replies

The attempt to fit Buddhism into the secular, technical, reductionist mindset of modernity often has the effect of turning the matter on its head. Thus, we now find Western schools of practice – I hesitate to call them schools of Buddhism – in which…Continue

GENTLE SPIRIT

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Oct 19. 13 Replies

Each school of Buddhism has its favoured texts and its favoured practices. Thus, for instance, the Soto Zen Shu favours the Diamond and Heart Sutras, (and was once based on the Lankavatara) and emphasises the practice of zazen, while the Pureland…Continue

DIECISIETE FORMAS DE CONDICIONAMIENTO

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Publicado por David Brazier el 5 de septiembre de 2017 en el grupo “Budismo” Esta es una lista de las diecisiete formas principales de condicionamiento que dan forma a nuestras vidas. Se incluyen los factores que tienden a mantenernos atrapados en…Continue

SEVENTEEN FORMS OF CONDITIONING

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Minsun Sung Sep 8. 2 Replies

Here is a list of seventeen major forms of conditioning that shape our lives. Included are the factors that tend to keep us trapped in samsara and also those that make an escape possible.Root Relation This refers to the presence in or absence from…Continue

OFFER EVERYTHING

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Maja Aug 30. 1 Reply

Mindfulness is remembrance of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is most easily done by saying and hearing the Buddha's name. Hence the practice of reciting the name has become widespread in the Buddhist world. Reciting the name when something happens,…Continue

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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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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. 

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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



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