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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. 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. 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. 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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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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