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This group is a little corner in which to share anything gratifying to the senses.

Cette groupe es un petit coin dans lequel compartir aucune chose gratifiant aux sens.

Este grupo es un lugar para compartir cosas que dan satisfaccion a los sentidos

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WHAT TO DO WITH A PUMPKIN

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Sujatin Johnson Jul 4, 2017. 1 Reply

I have an increasing number of pumpkins in my garden - more than I or my guests shall be able to eat. So this evening...- Cut the pumpkin into crescents - two per person, or three if narrow- In a…Continue

WHAT DO YOU EAT AT BREAKFAST?

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jun 9, 2017. 13 Replies

I almost always have a cereal of some kind. I particularly like porridge - that’s what you call "oatmeal" if you are American - and have it about every third day. There are a lot of opinions about…Continue

AUBERGINE & PASTA FEAST

Started by David Brazier May 21, 2017. 0 Replies

My cooking is largely a matter of seeing what I have left in the fridge, safe and garden and putting it together one way of another. Here’s what I cooked this evening. Ingredients I aubergine,…Continue

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Comment by Ryusho Jeffus on November 28, 2017 at 19:26

Here in the USA we celebrated our special day of over consumption.  Rather I should say we kick off our month and half long season of over consumption.  Usually, for the past 10 years, I take my Thanksgiving meal in the hospital cafeteria.  Since I have no family I volunteer to work (I was a paid staff chaplain) on that day so the other chaplains who have families could be at home.  This year since I'm retired I was invited to a young couple's home in my new home town of Syracuse, NY.  I missed the institutional food, the canned turkey, the over cooked vegetables, the canned cranberry sauce overly sweet, and most of all I missed talking to families and staff who were either there working or visiting loved ones.  Yes occasionally there were deaths, death knows no holiday, and those are hard times, sad times.  I am still discerning whether I will sign on with the hospital here to do on-call work as needed.  I am leaning more towards seeing what I can contribute to the prisons and jails here in Syracuse.

For Christmas I have no plans, it is a day I like to spend either watching Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.  This year I do believe it will be LotR.  For New Years this year I will begin a new tradition by going to Buffalo and joining with the young novice priest there and his fledgling sangha.  I also plan on driving over to Niagara Canada as I hear they do a bang up good job of decorating for the holidays.

I've spent Christmas in London, wonderful holiday spirit there, Paris, the year I was there was the year of the terrorist attacks in several locations.  Christmas was subdued that year and I was able to go to each of the locations and offer prayers for the smooth and peaceful transition of the victims and families.  Christmas in Tokyo one year was a rather bazaar experience, the stores were open and life went on as normal with signs of Joy Holiday and Happy Joy, and other weird combinations of traditional English salutations.  So Canada will be a nice addition to Christmas in foreign places.

I wish each of you who reads this a joyful holiday season to include Bodhi Day the enlightenment of the Buddha, making Buddhism the religion with a legitimate claim to a tree at this time of year.

Peace and Gassho,

Ryusho

 

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Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 2 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

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