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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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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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