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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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Adam 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

Beneficios de la práctica del Nembutsu (Traducción de "Benefits of nembutsu practice")

Started by Nati Feb 18. 0 Replies

(Publicado por David Brazier el 4 de enero de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”)PREGUNTA: Quisiera saber cómo podría tratar el mal karma y los engaños que me causan  gran dolor, si existen o no prácticas o formas de canto para recibir beneficios en…Continue

ENGAÑO (Traducción al español de "Delusion")

Started by Nati. Last reply by Nati Feb 9. 2 Replies

(Por David Brazier, 9 de diciembre de 2016 en “Questions in the Sand”) PREGUNTA: De los tres venenos, entiendo muy bien los conceptos de codicia y odio, pero me resulta más difícil darle sentido al de engaño o ignorancia. ¿Podrías decirme algo más…Continue


Started by Tamuly Annette. Last reply by maryse guiblain Feb 5. 3 Replies

Quels sont exactement le sens et la fonction d'un mantra? Les mots utilisés dans un mantra et la syllabe OM en particulier, n'ont-ils qu'une valeur arbitraire ou sont-ils d'ordre sacré?Réponse de Dharmavidya:Je pense qu'aucune de ces positions ne…Continue

ADOPTAR EN SECRETO EL SUFRIMIENTO AJENO (Traducción al español de "Secretly taking on the sufferings of others")

Started by Nati. Last reply by Eduardo Oca Jan 31. 5 Replies

(Por David Brazier, publicado el 16 de enero en “Questions in the Sand”) PREGUNTA: ¿Podrías decirme algo más acerca del versículo ”Infunde ayuda y felicidad sobre todos los seres, y secretamente deja sobre mí todo su daño y sufrimiento (Los ocho…Continue

LA VIDA Y LA MUERTE SON LOS MISMO( Traducción al español de "Life and Death are the Same)

Started by Nati Jan 31. 0 Replies

(Publicado por David Brazier , el 22 de enero de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”)PREGUNTA: En tu libro haces la siguiente afirmación:” La vida y la muerte son lo mismo.” ¿Podrías explicar esto en más detalle?RESPUESTA CORTA: Sólo es una cosa tras…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Jan 26. 30 Replies

QUESTION: Can you tell something more on the verse “Bring help and happiness to all other beings, and secretly take upon myself, all their harm and suffering” (The eight verses off Geshe Langri Thangpa in the Nien Fo book off Amida order): People…Continue

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Posted by Andrew on March 23, 2017 at 9:07 1 Comment

The love your neighbour campaign in Birmingham came about after the decision to leave the EU. There was an increase in racist attacks and the Church of England hierarchy felt they should take action. What they did was encourage schools and other community venues to put free of charge bright orange banners on fencing etc with the words love your neighbour on them. At the moment funding has been obtained to make more banners to replace any of the 1000 that have gone up already and to encourage… Continue

The bowl of feathers

Posted by anki on March 22, 2017 at 11:09 0 Comments

Once upon a time there was a traveler from the lands below.

Lived in a cottage in the mountains all alone.

The only company he had were the animals and the trees.

Though company they were none the less spoke in language only the soul hears.

Songs of days passed they sang just…


Nembutsu morning

Posted by Kaspalita on March 18, 2017 at 9:33 2 Comments

Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.…



Posted by David Brazier on February 22, 2017 at 14:32 0 Comments

Rencontre entre David Brazier & LN Wangmo

les 10 & 11 juin 2017

à Saint-Martin-Lestra…


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