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INTO THE UNKNOWN WITH OPEN HANDS

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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VICO, DESCARTES AND ALL THAT

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

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

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…

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0 Dec 4, 2015

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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

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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