There is no cause for happiness,
only misery wants reason,
yet happiness has prompts innumerable
while misery is mute;
yet when we know the cause of our distress
it has its limit with its season,
only enduring malady is unable
to give account that is not moot;
while joy can sing and raise and bless
and skip come rain, come cloud, come sun,
so that it blossoms still more able
to carry on its fair pursuit.

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 or, first drag on Norman MacCaig


Everything’s in the sunset

glowing as it slips away

the day’s always been


ending Everything’s in the

sunset and we wouldn’t

have it any other way


faces we remember just as

they leave - names called

back and forth across a lazy


summer day Everything’s in

the sunset the world’s glow

swaying as the end begins


begins begins Everything’s

in the sunset and we wouldn’t

have it any other never had


it any other never had it

only the swaying glow of the

world in the sunset




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Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 18, 2017 at 22:41 1 Comment

We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight…



Posted by David Brazier on July 11, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

On 8th July we had a meeting of six teachers at Oasis together with many visitors.

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Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…


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