HELLENICA & ANCIENT WISDOM

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HELLENICA & ANCIENT WISDOM

This group is to give access to and a space for discussion of spiritual issues in general and from the Western traditions, as distinct from the groups on eastern wisdom (Buddhist, Taoist etc) including the ancient sources of mystery religion, especially but not exclusively Greek mythology, religion, mysteries, oracles and practices.

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DIOGENES

Started by David Brazier Apr 2. 0 Replies

If there anyone I envy,it’s old Diogenes, dog that he was and I more a cat.But… Oh to be in a world where such naturalnesswas possible!I hope we have a few sparks in common.Like that honest man, I am a citizenof nowhere in particular.Which polis?…Continue

WITH FIRE IN THEIR HAIR

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Mat Osmond Apr 9, 2017. 2 Replies

I've been reading The Bacchae by Euripedes. It is the only extant play based on the rituals of Dionysus in which women went in groups into the hills and engaged in orgiastic activities under the influence of wine. The theme of the play is the…Continue

SECRETLY PUT DOWN A DEEP ROOT

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Feb 11, 2017. 12 Replies

In the practice of spirituality, there is always an interesting tension between form and spontaneity. Too much form can easily become empty hypocrisy whereas too much spontaneity can easily become self-indulgence and dilettantism. The sage Kuya once…Continue

THOUGHTS GENERATED BY READING THOMAS SMITH ON ARISTOTLE

Started by David Brazier Jul 19, 2016. 0 Replies

I have started rereading the book Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle’s Dialectical Pedagogy”. I shall not give an account of the book, merely of some of the stimulating ideas that he advances or that occur to myself as I read it.1. Since Plato never speaks…Continue

ANSHIN: PART THREE ~ Symbolism of My Island Home

Started by David Brazier Jun 20, 2016. 0 Replies

In the teaching yesterday we looked at the emoticon image for peace, being a dove with an olive sprig in its beak. In ancient Greek mythology, the dove and the olive branch were attributes of Eirene the goddess of peace. The olive was also…Continue

A FIRE FOR ARTEMIS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier May 31, 2016. 4 Replies

This evening I lit a fire for Artemis. She is the goddess of wild things. On our land she has dedicated to her the most wild part, the forest area including 'the Enchanted Wood'. There is something unreachable about Artemis - especially if you are a…Continue

LESSONS FROM POOH

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 17, 2016. 8 Replies

I have recently been reading Winnie the Pooh and, among other things, it is a wonderful account of everyday small mindedness. Pooh is the personification of greed. If the chance of getting "a little something" comes along he immediately becomes…Continue

HAVING FAITH IN FAITH

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 15, 2016. 4 Replies

Faith is Part of What We Are Spirituality requires us to have faith…Continue

FAITH AS A RATHER HUMAN FRIEND

Started by David Brazier Apr 7, 2016. 0 Replies

The conclusion I have reached and that serves me best is that the basic default setting of life is faith. The snail proceeding across the garden lives in faith that she will reach the cabbage. It may be that all manner of misfortune may prevent her…Continue

LOVE IS THE LIFE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE - Part Two

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 7, 2016. 2 Replies

If you are reading this it might be that you live in a country torn by war and devastation and the Spirit may then be your lifeline, but, given that you do have time to read, it is more likely that you live in a country that is at peace, that is not…Continue

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Comment by Annie Parry on April 2, 2016 at 2:04
I'm interested to know more about the black and white image used as the emblem for this group? Thanks in advance ....
Comment by David Brazier on February 14, 2016 at 13:05

Happy is the one whom the Muses love. Sweet flows the speech from that mouth. For though we have sorrow and grief in freshly-troubled spirits, and though we live in dread because our hearts are distressed, yet, when a singer, the servant of the Muses, chants the glorious deeds of men of old and the blessed gods who inhabit Olympus, at once we forget all of our heaviness and sorrows. The gifts of the goddesses soon turn us away from these cares.   Hesiod: Theogony 90-103

 
 
 

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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

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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