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 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

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

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Medicine Buddha

Posted by Satya Robyn on April 24, 2017 at 13:57 0 Comments

Colleague Buddhists - I'm getting to know Medicine Buddha as I haven't met him before and he's come into my life at just the right time.

Anything you'd be willing to share about your personal relationship with him / stories/ facts / books etc. I'd be very grateful. Deep bow.

Two Songs

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 12, 2017 at 21:28 4 Comments


I am about to do, or have already done, something wrong,

Which will cause me to be responsible for something terrible.

How can I prevent this from happening, or undo what is already done?

I even feel responsible for others' atrocities I don't even know.


There are accidents,

There are mistakes,

And there is deliberately doing wrong.

Why do I feel responsible for others'…


Continue, Improve, Practice and Try.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on March 29, 2017 at 14:27 0 Comments


The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ''maintenance…


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