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Wasted

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 0:00 7 Comments

My sons childhood friend was brutally murdered on Friday night. It is hard to believe that it happened. As he left a Birmingham pub a number of young people surrounded him. One of them stabbed him in the heart and he bled to death. He was twenty six years old. I can't get it out of my thoughts, why would any one be that cruel. Why as humans do we do this to each other. I've spent most of the weekend comforting my son, he went on Holliday with Daniel the friend that lost his life, two weeks…

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Kindnesses

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:07 1 Comment

The love your neighbour campaign in Birmingham came about after the decision to leave the EU. There was an increase in racist attacks and the Church of England hierarchy felt they should take action. What they did was encourage schools and other community venues to put free of charge bright orange banners on fencing etc with the words love your neighbour on them. At the moment funding has been obtained to make more banners to replace any of the 1000 that have gone up already and to encourage… Continue

Winter

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 0:59 0 Comments

So cold in the UK at the moment. You really can see it's winter. I find as I get older I'm less able to cope with the cold weather. I enjoy looking at the pattern of the ice on my window, but having to get it off the windscreen of my car is very difficult. My hands feel like they have frozen and I long for the warmth of summertime.

As it's the Holliday period with Christmas upon us I have taken two whole weeks off work. Saved my leave this year and really will appreciate the break. All… Continue

Buddha Quote

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 0:11 0 Comments

My heart, thus knowing, thus seeing, was released from the fermentation of sensuality, released from the fermentation of becoming, released from the fermentation of ignorance. With release, there was the knowledge, 'Released.' I discerned that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.
The Buddha.

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At 21:59 on June 8, 2017, Andrew said…
No I don't think that young people automatically vote for the left. Opinion polls have shown that Corbyn is popular amongst younger voters. This is probably due to the fact that they haven't really had the hype that surrounded the left in the 70's and 80's. Many older people are still broad left. ANd you still have the young conservatives.
I'm not sure that for me personally as I've got holder have become more conformist tending to go more to the centre ground. Not so long ago I would have been much happier with such a candidate, and a return to clause 4 etc. So more a reflection on me I think. However as I said today I voted labour. As I did when I first joined the Labour Party 33 years ago.
At 18:57 on June 8, 2017, David Brazier said…

Thanks, Amdrew. That's interesting. Why do you think that young people tend to favour the left and older people the right? Do you think people move right as they age or is this a difference between one generational group and another. Are the young people who vote for Corbyn today still going to be voting Labour when they are fifty?

At 12:56 on June 8, 2017, Andrew said…
today in the UK we have a general election. The candidates have very little to offer. 1970’s Labour, the austerity mania of the conservatives and a lib dem who’s name I don’t even remember.
Up until last week I thought I wouldn’t even vote as the only candidate I could have voted for was the Tory and that would go against a lifelong belief in socialism.
After the last week of watching them campaign and the young people who are following labour I decided to opt for 70’s labour.
Maybe I just got brainwashed by the new labour spin doctors and this made me move away from the left wing ideals that originally made me join labour.
Could just be I got older and less rebellious
At 18:32 on September 23, 2016, Andrew said…
Thank you.
At 14:45 on September 23, 2016, David Brazier said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

 
 
 

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Relationship.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…

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Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…

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Korean Version of Workshops

Posted by JAESUNG KIM on August 6, 2017 at 6:58 0 Comments

2017 여름 불교심리치료 및 상담 워크숍 3회 내용

THREE PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING WORKSHOPS

 

WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION

In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…

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Great Intentions.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on August 3, 2017 at 22:42 0 Comments

  • The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…

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