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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Inevitable Awakening

Started by Adam 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 Adam 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 Mat Osmond Apr 21. 2 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


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

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Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…


Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…


Korean Version of Workshops

Posted by JAESUNG KIM on August 6, 2017 at 6:58 0 Comments

2017 여름 불교심리치료 및 상담 워크숍 3회 내용




In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…


Great Intentions.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on August 3, 2017 at 22:42 0 Comments

  • The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…


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