QUESTION: In your book you make the statement "Life and death are the same". Could you explain this in more detail?

SHORT ANSWER: Just one thing after another.

LONGER ANSWER: One way of understanding the key point in the Buddhist message is as the abandonment of the self bias that we tend to introduce into everything. Things happen. My legs work fine. Then I have a fall. My knee is not working any more. I rest. My knee gradually gets better. I start doing things again. It is just one thing after another. Such is life... and death is the same - one more thing that happens. When one lives fully it is like that - one dies fully too. When one's life is full of half-heartedness, regrets and bitterness, one's death will be correspondingly grim. Life and death go the same. Who loves dies well. Who hates and is greedy dies not so well. Our life prepares our death and out death prepares our next life. This is the basic Buddhist idea.

Sometimes one might say that it is important to live a good life so that one may have a good death, and this is good advice. However, the very best life is lived without even that much self-seeking. It is simply to do what is necessary and right without trouble. That is real freedom. Then one can laugh out loud. The song is in one's heart. One lives each day with the same confidence as one will die, knowing yet not knowing, confident yet open. What can be better than that?

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Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on March 14, 2018 at 10:31 0 Comments

''The lotus does not grow in the solid ground of lofty plateaus, but in the muddy ponds of lowland marshes. This is an analogy meaning that foolish beings, while in the mud of blind passions, put forth the blossoms of the Buddha's perfect enlightenment; This indicates the inconceivable power of the Tathagata's universal Primal Vow.''

From ''The Essential Shinran.''

A Day at the Seaside ~ Una giornata al Mare (in Italiano & English)

Posted by David Brazier on March 5, 2018 at 20:30 0 Comments

Ho alzato alle sette e ho preso colazione alle otto. Era un colazione grande e bellissimo con una diverse seleccione di succi, cereale, panne, briochi, frutta, yoghurt, marmellate, miele, uova, e cose cosi, con caffè buono e molto latte caldo.

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The Zen Weekend on 16th June

Posted by George Daly on March 4, 2018 at 19:57 1 Comment

Hi David
Angela and I are very interested in attending your Zen
weekend on 16 and 17 th June.
I am not sure if this is the right way to register
our interest. If not, do tell me.
It would be good to meet up again and to see Eleusis.

Ritorno all'Eden ~ Back to Eden (Italiano & English)

Posted by David Brazier on March 4, 2018 at 15:00 3 Comments

Ero alzato di pronto. Andavo a piedi i tre isolati fino al garage, pausando per strada, per un caffè e brioche alla "bar degli artisti". Guidavo la macchina a casa e ho trovato un parking in centro di Via Abbruzzi. Ho tornato a casa e mi ho fatto una colazione e completato il mio pacco. Ho detto arrivederci alla padrona di casa e me ne sono andato. Sono andato da Milano alle otto. Era zero gradi. Guidavo al sud ovest verso Genova tra campi da neve: panorama bellissima. Mi sentava…


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