In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a question. This is how the Dharma is given and received. It is not just a matter of getting the right answer. The very act of asking and answering is a practice. Here I will offer answers to the questions that I get asked from time to time and so we shall meet.

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In this group will be posted answers to questions asked by enquirers about issues in psychology, spirituality, philosophy and personal life. If you want to pose a question, please e-mail it to with the heading "Questions in the Sand".

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Assumer secrètement les souffrances d'autrui

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman on Sunday. 0 Replies

Question : Pouvez-vous en dire plus sur ce verset : "Apporter de l'aide et du bonheur à tous les autres êtres, et prendre secrètement sur moi, tout leur mal et leur souffrance. (Tiré des Huit versets de Guéshé Langri Thangpa dans le livre Nien Fo de…Continue

Heimelijk het lijden van anderen op zich nemen

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Sep 6. 0 Replies

Vraag: Kun je iets meer vertellen over het vers: "Breng hulp en geluk aan alle andere wezens, en neem in het geheim al hun kwaad en lijden op mijzelf,"? (Uit de Acht Verzen van Geshe Langri Thangpa in het Nien Fo boek van de Amida school). Mensen…Continue

Amida Terre Pure et autres pratiques

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Jul 20. 0 Replies

Question : J'ai assisté ce week-end à un enseignement dirigé par un maître du bouddhisme tibétain. L’enseignement du maître portait sur les quatre incommensurables : la bienveillance, la compassion, la joie compatissante et l'équanimité. Elle a…Continue

Amida Zuiverland en Andere Praktijken

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Jul 5. 0 Replies

Vraag: Ik ben dit weekend op een manifestatie geweest onder leiding van een leraar in Tibetaans boeddhisme. De leraar leerde ons over de vier onmetelijken : liefdevolle vriendelijkheid, mededogen, sympathieke vreugde en gelijkmoedigheid. Ze gaf ook…Continue

Le Bouddha était-il auto-pouvoir ou autre pouvoir ?

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman May 12. 0 Replies

Question : En lisant les sutras des Nikayas, ce que le Bouddha enseigne semble être très auto-pouvoir - essayez de vous concentrer, faites ceci, ne faites pas cela - j'ai du mal à concilier ceci avec les enseignements de Terre Pure et je me…Continue

Facultés secondaires

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Apr 19. 0 Replies

Question : D'après ma compréhension de la Terre Pure, nous sommes tous des bombu et nous utilisons donc le nembutsu, car il est facile à comprendre pour nous. Pratiquer davantage (par la méditation ou l'utilisation d'autres moyens intellectuels)…Continue

Bouddha et Derrida

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Apr 11. 0 Replies

Question : Derrida est réputé pour avoir dit qu'"il n'y a rien sans contexte" et je me demandais si sa pensée recouvre partiellement celle de l’origine dépendante.Réponse courte : Certainement, mais... tout n'est pas impermanent.Réponse plus longue…Continue

Secundaire vaardigheden

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Apr 8. 0 Replies

Vraag: Mijn begrip van Zuiverland is dat we allemaal bombu zijn en daarom gebruik maken van de nembutsu, omdat die voor ons gemakkelijk te begrijpen is. Meer oefenen (door middel van meditatie of het gebruik van andere intellectuele middelen) lijkt…Continue

Boeddha en Derrida

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Apr 1. 0 Replies

Vraag: Derrida staat erom bekend dat hij zegt dat "er niets is zonder context" en ik vroeg me af of zijn denken deels overlapt met afhankelijk ontstaan.Kort antwoord: Zeker, maar..... niet alles is vergankelijk.Langer antwoord: Boeddha's leer…Continue

Dukkha-Dukkha et encore plus de Dukkha

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Mar 18. 0 Replies

Question : L'enseignement commun du Theravada et du Mahayana tibétain sur les trois niveaux de souffrance a-t-il une place dans la Terre Pure ?La souffrance de la souffrance (Pali : dukkha-dukkha) : c’est l’évidente douleur physique et mentale et…Continue

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Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments

At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…



Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…



Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue


Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…


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