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EXPECTATIONS

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

SPIRIT IN ACTION

Living in a Good SpiritSpirituality refers primarily to the spirit in which people live and do things. It as as though we are always posses…

Started by David Brazier

2 May 15, 2016
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BUILDING AN ARK

Amor Living in the conditioned world, we know that we can never arrive at the ideal. It remains like the pole star. It guides our travel wi…

Started by David Brazier

3 May 10, 2016
Reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman

ALL SANGHAS ARE ONE SANGHA: Help us Eirene

All is One, All is Different Christ only created one church, but it has become a very diverse affair. The Buddha only created one sangha, b…

Started by David Brazier

0 Apr 22, 2016

CULTIVATING SANGHA

Getting On with One AnotherI have a vision of a world in which there is no war and yet neither are there the causes of war which normally s…

Started by David Brazier

1 Apr 21, 2016
Reply by Dayamay Dunsby

MODERN TRIBES

The modern age has brought us great benefits. Especially here in western Europe we enjoy greater safety, health, longevity and social secur…

Started by David Brazier

4 Jan 18, 2016
Reply by Tamuly Annette

ON NON-MONISM

Monoculture, mopololy, monotheism, monogamy, monotony, monophysitism, monologue, monasticism, monolingualism, ... there are lots of monos.…

Started by David Brazier

0 Dec 26, 2015

MANY WAYS TO GROW

Growth is not always straight-forward. Adapting to evolving conditions can sometimes seem to produce much internal contradiction, but the e…

Started by David Brazier

0 Dec 4, 2015

FREEDOM FROM BOX TICKING

In Eleusis Daily for 30 November 2015 I have posted the following comment after the item about running a day course on the theme "Beyond Ca…

Started by David Brazier

3 Dec 2, 2015
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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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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…

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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

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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