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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Qu'est ce que le nembutsu

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 26. 2 Replies

Qu'est-ce que le Nembutsu? Question: Dans la  Terre Pure, nous prononçons sans cesse le nembutsu. Pouvez-vous nous en dire davantage sur la signification  du nembutsu?Réponse courte: Moi, être stupide, j’appelle Amitabha Bouddha.Réponse plus longue:…Continue

Rituel et Message

Started by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 18. 0 Replies

Rituel et MessageQuestion : Un membre de la sangha m’a demandé récemment : » Si les enseignements de Honen sont si simples, pourquoi nos services religieux sont-ils si compliqués ? » Comme l’avait noté ce membre de la sangha, nos offices comportent…Continue

Les Bouddhas existent

Started by David Brazier Feb 12. 0 Replies

Question : "Le bouddhisme est la croyance que des êtres deviennent éclairés, les arhats et les Bouddhas existent". Comment pouvons-nous vraiment savoir cela? J’ignore si j'ai déjà rencontré un Arhat ou un Bouddha. Et si c’est le cas, suis-je même…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 6. 6 Replies

Question: Qu’est-ce que le bouddhisme et pourquoi être bouddhiste ?Réponse courte: c’est un des meilleurs engagements que vous puissiez prendre dans cette vie.Réponse longue: Le bouddhisme est la tradition spirituelle qui découle des enseignements…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jan 28. 0 Replies

Questions : Qu’est-ce qui vous a amené à passer du Zen à la Terre Pure ? Quand avez-vous su que vous étiez prêt à enseigner ?Pourquoi avez-vous créé Amida Shu au lieu de vous aligner sur Jodo Shu ?Réponses brèves :Une progression naturelle. La…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jan 22. 2 Replies

QUESTION: What is spontaneity?SHORT ANSWER: Acting without conscious motive.ANSWER: Spontaneity, nowadays, tends to mean setting aside one's plan or schedule when one is moved or touched emotionally and allowing oneself to respond directly to those…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jan 22. 0 Replies

Question : Pouvez-vous expliquer ce qu’il faut entendre par « la nature de Bouddha » ?Réponse courte : la nature de Bouddha n’est pas une nature.Réponse plus longue : La nature de Bouddha n’est pas une nature. Différents auteurs utilisent le concept…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Sujatin Johnson Dec 15, 2017. 1 Reply

QUESTION: In light of Medecin Sans Frontiere’s recent comments on the Rohingya, and the backlash against Aung San Suu Kyi, I wonder if you might be able to post on the site about your thoughts. SHORT ANSWER: Violence springs from delusion and we…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Nov 21, 2017. 3 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

Inevitable Awakening

Started by Dayamay Dunsby. Last reply by Juline Smit Jun 9, 2017. 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

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Bombu Magic.

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.

Questa mattina, dopo di aver fatto un lezione di ilaliano,…


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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