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THE HYPNOTIC SELF

Self is an intervening fantasy that masks reality. What does this mean? Perhaps one eats too much chocolate. One feels a bit sick. One lear…

Started by David Brazier

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Reply by Nati

NO CRITICAR, ACEPTARLO TODO

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 Pa…

Started by Nati

1 Feb 11
Reply by Óscar Martínez

RESPONSE TO RICHARD: One small but important quibble

Richard Ollier has recently published an essay in the Journal of Global Buddhism "Dharmavidya’s Engagement with Hōnen: How a Contemporary B…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jan 8

HOW THE WEST LIKES TO MISREAD BUDDHISM

I have recently read an essay about Theravada meditation. Of its type it is an excellent essay. It decribes samatha (calm meditation) and v…

Started by David Brazier

3 Jan 5
Reply by David Brazier

THREE JEWELS ON THREE PLANES

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 Bu…

Started by David Brazier

2 Dec 23, 2018
Reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

We are once again at the festive mid-winter season. Throughout history and probably pre-history too, people have celebrated this time as th…

Started by David Brazier

0 Dec 22, 2018

SILENT ILLUMINATION

There is a form of Zen or Chan meditation that is called silent illumination. It has been said that illumination simply means awareness and…

Started by David Brazier

2 Dec 20, 2018
Reply by David Brazier

MEDITATION WITH NEMBUTSU: Part One

Meditation is a natural expression of spiritual liberation. When we are swimming in grace, the heart lifts and sings. In following the Dhar…

Started by David Brazier

5 Dec 14, 2018
Reply by Carol English

BODHI DAY

On December 8 we celebrate the anniversary of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. Let us reflect a little upon this. Siddhartha Gotama…

Started by David Brazier

7 Dec 11, 2018
Reply by Carol English

IT TAKES TWO or WHO'S AFRAID OF DUALITY?

[This piece is work in progress. I may come back to it at a later date. I post it now fir anybody who is interested. Feedback welcome] Th…

Started by David Brazier

3 Dec 7, 2018
Reply by Tamuly Annette

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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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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

Now,…

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