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"Thank you for this. Much to contemplate."

Carol English replied Mar 30 to MEDITATION SICKNESS

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"Namo Amida Bu. Thank you."

Carol English replied Oct 30, 2017 to A FEW WORDS ABOUT GRIEF

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"23. The fact that in a free society each person has a social right to their own opin…"

Carol English replied Aug 19, 2016 to PRINCIPLES AGAINST SOME COMMON FALLACIES

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"Perhaps luminous things need the paradox of death to be seen Darkness to rest again…"

Carol English replied Jul 30, 2016 to RARE & PRECIOUS

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"I am writing this while lying in a pull out couch in a hospice in Canada next to a p…"

Carol English replied Jul 19, 2016 to DECAY OF THE BODY

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"Feeling gratitude for a last quiet loving night at home with my partner before he go…"

Carol English replied Jun 10, 2016 to GRATITUDE

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"Thank you both for the reminder."

Carol English replied Jun 10, 2016 to GRATITUDE

5 Jun 10, 2016
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"While this isn't everything in Genjo Koan, it feels as though, through Annette's tra…"

Carol English replied May 28, 2016 to Three Aspects of Delusion & Enlightenment

1 May 28, 2016
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"Thank you Sujatin. We don't know one another. I am in Canada and going through my ow…"

Carol English replied May 26, 2016 to HOW THIS BOMBU MET THE BUDDHA

5 May 27, 2016
Reply by Dayamay Dunsby

"Yes, my teacher Namgyal Rinpoche often said we should think of it as an advance not…"

Carol English replied May 25, 2016 to DIALECTIC WITHIN THE TEACHING & WITHIN THE SANGHA

5 May 25, 2016
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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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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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