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THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT THE RIGHT IDEA

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… e…

Started by David Brazier

5 Nov 4
Reply by Marianne Jacuzzi

A FEW WORDS ABOUT GRIEF

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 y…

Started by David Brazier

4 Oct 31
Reply by Yaya de Andrade

MEDITATION, MYSTICISM & MORAL DEVELOPMENT

I recently read an article that argued that (a) there is no necessary relationship between meditation and mysticism and that (b) the purpos…

Started by David Brazier

1 Oct 31
Reply by Gerald Beeck

MEDITATION IS AN AUXILIARY PRACTICE

The attempt to fit Buddhism into the secular, technical, reductionist mindset of modernity often has the effect of turning the matter on it…

Started by David Brazier

4 Oct 31
Reply by Gerald Beeck

GENTLE SPIRIT

Each school of Buddhism has its favoured texts and its favoured practices. Thus, for instance, the Soto Zen Shu favours the Diamond and Hea…

Started by David Brazier

13 Oct 19
Reply by David Brazier

DIECISIETE FORMAS DE CONDICIONAMIENTO

Publicado por David Brazier el 5 de septiembre de 2017 en el grupo “Budismo”   Esta es una lista de las diecisiete formas principales de co…

Started by Nati

0 Sep 28

SEVENTEEN FORMS OF CONDITIONING

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 sams…

Started by David Brazier

2 Sep 8
Reply by Minsun Sung

OFFER EVERYTHING

Mindfulness is remembrance of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is most easily done by saying and hearing the Buddha's name. Hence the practi…

Started by David Brazier

1 Aug 30
Reply by Maja

TRUE RELIGION IS SIMPLE FAITH

Continuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice TEXT: wishing to practise a religious life in truly simple faith, Truly Simpl…

Started by David Brazier

9 Jul 26
Reply by Annetta de Quaasteniet

VIDYA IS AUTHENTICITY

Authenticity & FreedomI have been reading some existentialism. One of the key concepts in existentialism is authenticity. This goes wit…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jul 20

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Study Grouop

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on November 13, 2017 at 8:04 0 Comments

We had our regular skype study group on Saturday evening. Three people attended including myself and we studied some of Dharmavidya’s writings and had very helpful discussions about subjects such as Buddhist prayer, accepting death and being Human. The next group will be on Saturday the 25th at 9.30pm. This late time is due to the fact that some of our members are overseas in different time zones. if you would like to join us please email me adamdunsby@hotmail.com or skype me…

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ON BEING LIBERALLY DOGMATIC (rather than dogmatically liberal)

Posted by David Brazier on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

Last night I had a conversation in a restaurant in which a person reported the view that the religion of the future would be Zen because Zen was a religion without dogmas. This statement struck me with particular force because at the moment I am in the middle of reviewing a draft chapter by another author on "Eastern Meditation Meets the West" for a future publication. This chapter highlights the cultural filters that ideas have to pass through in order to get a stamp of approval by our…

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Relationship.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…

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Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…

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