ELEUSIS NEWS: What Did You Do This Week?

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ELEUSIS NEWS: What Did You Do This Week?

News from La Ville au Roi and from Eleusis people. What's happening and who's doing what? What's the latest?

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FULL MOON

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 1. 2 Replies

Sitting under the walnut tree I watch the full moon rising. The sun has set, the birds are settling, night is on the way. A great peace enfolds. Under the tree, daffodils shine amidst a carpet of wild spring flowers. I sip my tea and ponder.…Continue

A QUIET LIFE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Mar 27. 3 Replies

Today I did not set eyes upon another human being all day. That is not an unusual occurrence here. Life as a hermit is quiet. Sometimes my mind become very quiet in the midst of ll this tranquility. Nonetheless, I do like to keep abreast opf what is…Continue

BACK IN FRANCE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Mar 23. 4 Replies

After two months in Italy, teaching and learning, it was good to get back to La Ville au Roi and see that the walls and roof were still in place and nature had not completely taken over. Then, almost immediately, I had a trip to Belgium and…Continue

I'M TRAVELLING AGAIN

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Dec 5, 2017. 3 Replies

Sometimes i think that I have been travelling all my life. This is somewhat true, both literally and metaphorically. The endless spiritual journey takes one to ever new domains of life-meaning, especially if one is willing to take the risks that pop…Continue

I'm not sure if this is an open contributory forum or not. If not...

Started by Ryusho Jeffus. Last reply by Ryusho Jeffus Dec 3, 2017. 2 Replies

What did I do this week? In the States we celebrated Thanksgiving the traditional beginning of the season of conspicuous overconsumption, for no other reason than we can, though it is cloaked in turkeys and santa suits.I met with a Chaplain peer…Continue

AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Nov 30, 2017. 3 Replies

I got back to La Ville au Roi last night. It is cooler than when I left ten days ago. Autumn has arrived.I shall have an easy day today after travelling. Unpack the car - I have brought various things back - a chair, a bed, some plates, other small…Continue

END OF SUMMER: Looking forward

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Sep 18, 2017. 6 Replies

The year is turning, the leaves are going yellow, wind and rain break up the sunnier times.My trip to Korea proved to be a great success. Last year I was unable to go due to illness, so it was good to get back into the swing of the work and the…Continue

SUMMER: And so to Korea

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Aug 17, 2017. 9 Replies

I have given up giving daily reports for a while now as one day can be much like another at Eleusis, but when one looks back there has been a lot of work in the garden and keeping the place in good order, visitors coming and going with wonderful…Continue

FRIDAY 26 May ~ A lush season

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Aug 14, 2017. 3 Replies

Wild flowers...Tame flowers...…Continue

WEDNESDAY 24 May ~ Light & Dark

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jun 2, 2017. 3 Replies

It is a delight and relief to see tiny fresh leaves growing on the lower twigs of the walnut trees. They all sent forth optimistic sprouts six weeks ago and then were hit by severe late frost, turning all black and forlorn. Recovery started at the…Continue

 
 
 

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Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.

The scene opens in the republic of Kapilavastu, depicted as a green and pleasant land, with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop. (I was…

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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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