"I know what you mean Juline. As part of my control defect I like to know what's going on. Even though I know that it is un-knowable!! Best to just sat Namo Amida Bu and admit my ignorance!! Namo Amida Bu( :"
"Dear Adam, you are right, life certainly provides grit (opportunities) for development on the spiritual path. The way I see it, it is up to each of us how we act on what is already here and happening for us, a great responsibility with no…"
"I think that the answer has to be no. Although there seems to be repeated attempts throughout Buddhist history to introduce ideas of this kind, it appears to have been the teaching of Shakyamuni that nothing is inevitable. Things can go down as well…"
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 intentions. This seems to correspond to the idea of buddha nature guiding the human journey towards spiritual perfection. Do you think that all beings are destined for enlightenment even though it may take forever for some to get there? Is buddhism a…See More
Loving kindness has played a significant part in my spiritual life for the past two months or so. I've been practicing this particular form of meditation for some years, but have been using it more intensely for self-healing work recently as part of my body trauma treatment. The simple idea of generating positive feelings and directing them towards ones-self, or any other being who might benefit from them, has always appealed to…See More
"Thanks that's great. Very deep! I was sort of thinking in terms of gratification(being) and annihilation(non-being), which I think is basically what you said. Very interesting philosophical implications. It's really tough to get past that…"
I am a trainee Amitarya in the Amida Order and am currently living in the Malvern Temple. I love music and make electronic dance music on an amateur level. I also play guitar. I love philosophy as well as Buddhism and read all sorts of philosophical material. I meditate regularly and practice Tai chi. I spent two wonderful months at Eleusis this year(2015)with Dharmavidya and others, I consider it to be one of my spiritual homes and a truly mystical place! Namo Amida Bu( :
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Eleusis has so much to offer and I like to be able to offer something back by helping to maintain the buildings and the grounds as well as contributing to the beautiful atmosphere with spiritual practice and community activities. Namo Amida Bu( ;
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…
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 -…
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…