Désirée Verstraete's Groups (11)

  • WHAT ARE YOU READING?

    30 members Latest Activity: 11 hours ago

    This is a group in which we can share information about what we are currently reading or have read and discuss emerging themes..

  • Books for Sale

    13 members Latest Activity: Jun 18

    Books for Sale

  • TAO & EASTERN WISDOM

    33 members Latest Activity: May 23

    This is a group for non-Buddhist oriental thought, religion, philosophy, art & culture

  • QUESTIONS IN THE SAND

    41 members Latest Activity: Jul 5

    In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a…

  • KOREA 2018

    10 members Latest Activity: Aug 19, 2018

    This is a place for materials relating to the teaching programme in Korea in August 2018

  • THERAPEUTAE

    40 members Latest Activity: Jul 12

    A place to discuss therapy and personal growth, health, wholeness, and transformation of the psyche.

  • DAVID'S ARCHIVE

    9 members Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2018

    Here I will gradually add papers I have written, mostly ones written rather a long time ago but which still have some use or relevance. The papers…

  • ITZI Conference 2019: No Pearl without Grit

    24 members Latest Activity: Jun 23

    5-8 September 2019, Netherland

    This group is for announcements, discussion, and information relevant to the conference and to help…

  • BUDDHISM

    57 members Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

    To discuss Buddhism and gather Buddhist materials

  • ART, MYTH & CULTURE

    25 members Latest Activity: Jul 12

    This group is for contributions on culture and the arts, including film, drama, mythology - music, mandala, mosaic, labyrinth, calligraphy, dance,…

  • POETRY

    37 members Latest Activity: Jun 25

    A place for poems

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Blog Posts

MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 6 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

Sit

Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…

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Zero Limits

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 0 Comments

 

 

 

I have recently been made aware of a practice known as Ho’ponopono. Ho’ponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice, based on universal forgiveness, that was rediscovered and popularised in the 80s. A man called Joe Vitale(Hawaiian I think)  became enchanted by the practice after his daughter was healed from an…

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