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IS IT SELFISH TO GO TO THE PURE LAND?

An Interesting Question The Tien Tai patriarch Chih-I (also spelt Zhiyi, 538-597), who lived a century before Shan Tao, was asked the follo…

Started by David Brazier

4 6 hours ago
Reply by Nati

THE BUDDHIST SHRINE OR ALTAR

A shrine is a sacred place where one can be in touch with the spirit of a sage or holy being. In Buddhism, the term shrine is used both for…

Started by David Brazier

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Reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman

FAITH AND WORKS

A Perennial Question The question of faith and works is a longstanding religious debate. It is one of the main divides between Protestants…

Started by David Brazier

0 Apr 13

WHAT TO DO WITH DUKKHA

In this piece I would like to briefly restate my understanding of the Four Truths. This is already set out in my books The Feeling Buddha a…

Started by David Brazier

2 Apr 4
Reply by Nati

MEDITATION SICKNESS

OUTLINE The medical metaphor is used a lot in Buddhist studies. The Buddha is sometimes referred to as “the great physician” curing the di…

Started by David Brazier

1 Mar 30
Reply by Carol English

The Famous Dialectic of Chan

The most famous classic of Chan Buddhism (Chinese Zen) is the Platform Sutra 六祖壇經. The sutra presents the teachings of Huineng 慧能 (638-713)…

Started by David Brazier

13 Mar 28
Reply by Andrew Ralph Cheffings

A FEW MORE REFLECTIONS ON BEING HERE NOW

Currently, the idea of “being in the here and now” is à la mode. and I find it a truly interesting matter to reflect upon. Here and now I a…

Started by David Brazier

0 Mar 23

Negativity: the importance of secondary thought

Negative thoughts and feelings are a bane of human life. They are the downside of the great gift of imagination. A person insults one in so…

Started by David Brazier

13 Mar 21
Reply by Dayamay Dunsby

Negatividad: La importancia del pensamiento secundario

Publicado por David Brazier el 17 de marzo de 2018 en “Discusiones budistas” Los pensamientos y sentimientos negativos son un calvario para…

Started by Nati

0 Mar 18

TELL ME AGAIN HOW TO MEDITATE

I am at Vajra’s. Here the day starts with meditation. I sit. How does one meditate? I have been doing it for decades. I must have sat thous…

Started by David Brazier

0 Mar 14

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Shinran and Ippen

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…

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Buddhism Day

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on March 28, 2018 at 15:46 1 Comment

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…

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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

Posted by David Brazier on March 19, 2018 at 21:43 1 Comment

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…

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Bombu Magic.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on March 14, 2018 at 10:31 0 Comments

''The lotus does not grow in the solid ground of lofty plateaus, but in the muddy ponds of lowland marshes. This is an analogy meaning that foolish beings, while in the mud of blind passions, put forth the blossoms of the Buddha's perfect enlightenment; This indicates the inconceivable power of the Tathagata's universal Primal Vow.''

From ''The Essential Shinran.''

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