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Hace poco en una reunión de grupo, un investigador presentó el famoso tema del “Microbioma”. Este es un tema que en recientes fechas ha cob…

Started by Jimena Balli Garza

6 Oct 3, 2017
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In Somerset Maughan's 1915 novel Of Human Bondage, a character makes the following interesting remark: “You know, there are two good things…

Started by David Brazier

2 Jul 28, 2017
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LOVE: Some reflections

What is love? We can get some initial sense of the root meaning from the expression “to do something for love”. When we do something for lo…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jul 1, 2017


I was recently invited to write an article for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle toward their forthcoming issue on the theme of "Fear". This w…

Started by David Brazier

0 May 19, 2017


Hoy en día se está hablando mucho de muros. Como lo dijo ya David en una de sus discusiones, la pregunta es si el muro es para que nadie en…

Started by Jimena Balli Garza

7 Feb 21, 2017
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Esto es algo de lo que me pasó durante mis vacaciones, hace algunas semanas. Lo comparto. Durante mis vacaciones decidí visitar la Penínsul…

Started by Jimena Balli Garza

7 Jan 24, 2017
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The Future is Unknown Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Perhaps more so than in other recent years, a sense of uncertainty hangs…

Started by David Brazier

5 Jan 9, 2017
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I have started reading On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians by Giambattista Vico. It is a book on the early philosophy of Vico, somet…

Started by David Brazier

0 Dec 31, 2016


Recently, I have been following the political scene more carefully than usual. This is because unusual and important events and processes a…

Started by David Brazier

2 Jul 16, 2016
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ANSHIN PART SEVEN ~ Practical Application

Now a lot of guests have arrived and my period of solitude has come to an end. During the times of being here on my own or with just one ot…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jun 24, 2016


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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…


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.…


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…



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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