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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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Nov 21. 3 Replies

QUESTION: Can you explain "Buddha Nature"?SHORT ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature.ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature. Different writers use the concept in different ways, so to elucidate it one needs to clarify which Buddha nature concept one is…Continue

Inevitable Awakening

Started by Dayamay Dunsby. Last reply by Juline Smit Jun 9. 6 Replies

I read something the other day to the effect that, the universe is like an enlightenment machine, which converts ignorance into awakening. To exist is to be subject to its influence and propelled towards enlightenment regardless of the individual's…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Dayamay Dunsby May 26. 1 Reply

QUESTION: Just a little question that's been on my mind recently. The second noble truth. Dukkha Samudaya. It is thirst for self-recreation that is associated with greed. It lights upon whatever pleasures are to be found here and there. It is thirst…Continue


Started by David Brazier May 22. 0 Replies

QUESTION: Can you explain the idea of "two truths"? SHORT ANSWER: Truth is truth and all encompassing, but there is a relative and an absolute way of intuiting it.LONGER ANSWER: I am inclined to say that this idea of two truths is a misnomer. It is…Continue


Started by David Brazier May 6. 0 Replies

QUESTION: What does Pureland Buddhism say about God, if anything? Are there just Buddhas who are enlightened but no need / place for God? Are they the same thing?SHORT ANSWER: Nothing about God with a capital G. Some gods might be Buddhas.LONGER…Continue

No Naturaleza (Traducción de "No Nature")

Started by Nati May 2. 0 Replies

Publicado por David Brazier el 21 de abril de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”PREGUNTA: ¿Puedes explicar la “Naturaleza de Buda”?RESPUESTA CORTA: La naturaleza del Buda es  la “no  naturaleza”RESPUESTA MÁS LARGA: La naturaleza del Buda no es ninguna.…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Dayamay Dunsby Mar 14. 2 Replies

QUESTION: This may seem a bizarre question but one I would like a Buddhist view suicide a sin,in Christianity to commit suicide is a total sin considered evil and completely against all it teaches but in Japanese culture from the past a way of…Continue

Mantras (Traducción de "Mantras")

Started by Nati Mar 5. 0 Replies

Publicado por David Brazier el 23 de enero de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”PREGUNTA: Tuvimos una discusión interesante acerca de la sílaba sagrada OM utilizada en tantas religiones (Hinduismo Jainismo, Budismo…). Alguien dijo que, en un mantra, OM…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Tamuly Annette Feb 28. 10 Replies

QUESTION: We had an interesting discussion about the sacred syllabe OM used in so many religions (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism...) Someone said that in a mantra, OM could be replaced by any other sound since we are the ones who give a sacred power to…Continue

Beneficios del menbutsu

Started by Sol García Feb 19. 0 Replies

Me emociono al leeros porque ayer lo experimenté con mucha claridad: estábamos 13 mujeres  en un taller trabajando las cosas de la plenipausia, me tocaba ponerme al servicio de ellas, cuidarlas...  y eso me proporcionó  tanta plenitud, amor y…Continue

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Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…



Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…


By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,

Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena

My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.

This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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