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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Comment avançons-nous ?

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Nov 5. 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. 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. 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. 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


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Dayamay Dunsby Oct 8. 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. 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. 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


Started by Désirée Verstraete. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Aug 30. 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


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Aug 29. 3 Replies

QUESTION: In Jodo Shinshu it seems that an experience of shinjin acts as a kind of 'proof' or 'guarantee' that one has called out to Amida with faith and has been received and will be reborn into the Pureland (do correct me if I'm wrong). What is…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Aug 19. 2 Replies

QUESTION: What is the best way of reading and interpreting a sutra?SHORT ANSWER: One tries to understand the Dharma contained in it and let the images bring that Dharma to life deep within.LONGER ANSWER: I think one of the points in the questioners…Continue

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More Will Be Revealed!!

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on November 5, 2018 at 12:46 1 Comment

Adjusting to the extreme contrast between India and England has been a truly enlightening experience for me and I will probably be processing it psychologically for quite a while to come! 

It is impossible not to be affected by the seething mass of raw energy that flows endlessly there, seemingly toward no apparent goal except pure survival. It often seemed like hell…



Posted by David Brazier on October 21, 2018 at 17:25 1 Comment

Born: September 13, 1919, London, United Kingdom

Died: October 10, 2018

Mary was a dear friend and inspiration. I first met her when she came to a meditation class I was leading. Her husband had recently died and she was grieving. She did not need meditation, she just needed to grieve and that be OK, which it definitely was, but she continued to come to meetings and made a…


Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…


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