QUESTIONS IN THE SAND

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QUESTIONS IN THE SAND

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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Latest Activity: Jan 4

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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 dharmavidya@fastmail.fm with the heading "Questions in the Sand".

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Mondo

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Jan 4. 0 Replies

Réponse brève : Mondo est un rituel de questions-réponses formel entre enseignant et disciple.Réponse plus longue: Mondo est un mot du vieux japonais. "Mon" signifie "porte". "Do" signifie "voie" ou "chemin". 'Do » en vieux japonais est identique à…Continue

Mondo

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Dec 19, 2018. 0 Replies

MondoVraag: Wat is mondo?Kort antwoord: Mondo is een ritueel van formele vraag en antwoord tussen leraar en discipel.Langer antwoord: Mondo is een woord uit het oude Japans. 'Mon' betekent 'poort'. 'Do' betekent 'weg' of 'pad'. 'Do' in oud Japans is…Continue

Comment avançons-nous ?

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Nov 5, 2018. 0 Replies

Question: Cher Dharmavidya, Je viens de lire votre texte sur la contrition. Comme d'habitude, vous savez toujours comment aller droit dans mon cœur! La contrition naît en effet  de l'honnêteté. Admettre notre réalité de bombu  est tellement…Continue

Les bienfaits de la pratique du nembutsu

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Oct 30, 2018. 0 Replies

Question: Je voulais savoir comment faire face au mauvais karma et aux illusions qui causent de grandes souffrances dans ma vie, et (savoir) s’il existe ou non des pratiques ou des moyens de chanter pour obtenir des bienfaits dans cette vie.Réponse…Continue

Hoe gaan we verder vooruit ?

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Oct 29, 2018. 0 Replies

Vraag: Beste Dharmavidya, Ik heb zojuist gelezen wat je schrijft over diep berouw. Zoals altijd weet je ook nu weer hoe je mijn hart raakt! Berouw is inderdaad geboren uit eerlijkheid. Het toegeven van onze bombu-realiteit is zo bevrijdend. Ik zit…Continue

De voordelen van de nembutsu praktijk

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Oct 24, 2018. 0 Replies

Vraag: Ik wil graag weten hoe ik kan omgaan met het slechte karma en de waanideeën die me veel pijn bezorgen in dit leven , of er praktijken of anders bepaalde manieren van zingen zijn, waar ik baat kan bij hebben in dit leven.Kort antwoord:…Continue

SUKHAVATI

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Dayamay Dunsby Oct 8, 2018. 1 Reply

QUESTION: What is the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha?SHORT ANSWER: Being in the presence of that Buddha.LONGER ANSWER: A Buddha land or Buddha field (buddha-kshetra) can be thought of somewhat like the field around a magnet. A Buddha has influence.…Continue

De kracht van mantra's

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Sep 24, 2018. 2 Replies

Vraag: We hadden een interessante discussie over de heilige lettergreep OM die in vele tradities wordt gebruikt (hindoeïsme, jaïnisme, boeddhisme, ...). Iemand zei dat in een mantra OM kon worden vervangen door gelijk welk geluid, omdat wij het zijn…Continue

Le pouvoir des mantras

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Sep 17, 2018. 0 Replies

Question: Nous avons eu une discussion intéressante sur la syllabe sacrée OM utilisée dans de nombreuses traditions (hindouisme, jaïnisme, bouddhisme,….). Quelqu'un a dit que dans un mantra, l’OM pourrait être remplacé par n’importe quel autre son,…Continue

Shikantaza

Started by Désirée Verstraete. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Aug 30, 2018. 4 Replies

If we are in Shikantaza, without wanting to achieve something, as in an objectless meditation, without desire, without having a goal, could we not say that we are in the Otherpower then, by being led to sitting and by simply being open-hearted? Or…Continue

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GROUP

Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 2 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

Now,…

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