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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Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology

Posted by David Brazier on June 28, 2017 at 11:58 0 Comments

I am speaking at Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology - creative dialogue between psychology and spiritual practice. The WEEKEND OF 8 SEPTEMBER 2017. The International Zen Therapy Institute hosts…


A Special Weekend

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 2 Comments

I have spent the past weekend at meetings of the Amida Order in Malvern in UK. Apart from approving the advancement of a number of good people there was not a lot of "business" so we were able to concentrate upon our relationships with each other and with life and upon practising together. The whole thing turned out very well. The temple in Malvern is very comfortable and the location superb. It is difficult to convey the quality of interaction between people to those who were not there -…



Posted by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

I suppose that for many people politics seems something rather remote. For me, it is always close to my heart. Not that I strongly support this or that party, but because the issues are of such consequence. This is perhaps because of my early years having been passed in the Middle East where those consequences are evident in a more raw way. Over my lifetime I have watched as a pivotal region of the world has been systematically wrecked and ruined. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, multi-religious…


First Thing's First!

Posted by Adam Dunsby on May 28, 2017 at 17:24 0 Comments




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