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FULL MOON

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 enf…

Started by David Brazier

2 Apr 1
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A QUIET LIFE

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…

Started by David Brazier

3 Mar 27
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BACK IN FRANCE

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…

Started by David Brazier

4 Mar 23
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I'M TRAVELLING AGAIN

Sometimes i think that I have been travelling all my life. This is somewhat true, both literally and metaphorically. The endless spiritual…

Started by David Brazier

3 Dec 5, 2017
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I'm not sure if this is an open contributory forum or not. If not...

What did I do this week?  In the States we celebrated Thanksgiving the traditional beginning of the season of conspicuous overconsumption,…

Started by Ryusho Jeffus

2 Dec 3, 2017
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AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED

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 aft…

Started by David Brazier

3 Nov 30, 2017
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END OF SUMMER: Looking forward

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.…

Started by David Brazier

6 Sep 18, 2017
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SUMMER: And so to Korea

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…

Started by David Brazier

9 Aug 17, 2017
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FRIDAY 26 May ~ A lush season

Wild flowers... Tame flowers... And home grown fruit...

Started by David Brazier

3 Aug 14, 2017
Reply by Jan Wizinowich

WEDNESDAY 24 May ~ Light & Dark

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…

Started by David Brazier

3 Jun 2, 2017
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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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