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Johnathan Robertson commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"Keeping you, your son, and his friend in my thoughts. _/\_"
Jul 12
David Brazier commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"Yes, our big society provides one kind of security but leaves us vulnerable in other ways."
Jul 11
Andrew commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"It's true that things can change so quickly and your life with it. I comment on it as it helps with coping to share. The truth is people don't care enough about each other and in the main we do not live in communities we live in micro…"
Jul 11
David Brazier commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"Yes, very sad. A tragedy for all. Humans are savage animals and it is perhaps rather amazing that we have reached a stage where these occurrences are relatively rare - I'm sure they were more common back in history and are still today in some…"
Jul 11
Andrew commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"Such a waste of a young life. And all the people around him. Life not only so precious but so delicate."
Jul 10
Vajrapala Lut Moerman commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"So sad, I feel for you all. Namo Quan Shyin Bosat!"
Jul 10
Adam Dunsby commented on Andrew's blog post Wasted
"So sorry to hear that Andrew. These things are so difficult to understand, sometimes even more so when you are coming from a spiritual standpoint. I often think that we're mot meant to understand, or that we don't have the capacity to…"
Jul 10
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Wasted

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 ago…See More
Jul 10
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"That's what I thought, the standards committee really do need to look at this. I'm surprised her own party haven't objected."
Jun 28
Andrew commented on David Brazier's blog post A Special Weekend
"I always have a good feeling when I'm there and after being there. Lovely atmosphere and people."
Jun 27
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"In all honesty it's no wonder people get frustrated with the political parties. Here you have a woman who clings to power at any cost. If she stood down labour would try to form a government it wouldn't last long but could be long enough…"
Jun 26
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion SLAVES TO APPEARANCE in the group BUDDHISM
"I see so many of my own traits in this. Just when I think I'm getting there."
Jun 15
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"This isn't new. We have had this uncertainty since the Conservative and Lib dem alliance. Maybe a good time to look st electoral reform. Proportional representation to me, seems far more democratic."
Jun 14
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"You could well be right. It would explain the solidarity of her colleagues. The Conservatves may also believe that we need the Brexit negotiations to go ahead, May in secret could have agreed to stand down and allow a new leader to call an election…"
Jun 13
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"If May had any integrity she would have stood down. How stupid to call an election when you have a majority and three years of office left. To then have a huge vote of no confidence, and to have a hung parliament with Corbyn in opposition is that.…"
Jun 12
Andrew replied to David Brazier's discussion UK ELECTION in the group WAR & PEACE
"So sad to see people clinging to power at any cost. She should have stood down and maintained some dignity. Theresa May has done herself no favours. She has shown no respect to the party or people she represents."
Jun 11

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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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Study Group.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 18, 2017 at 22:41 1 Comment

We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight…

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SIMPOSIUM AT OASIS

Posted by David Brazier on July 11, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

On 8th July we had a meeting of six teachers at Oasis together with many visitors.

Pictures: Here

Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…

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Feeding the Wolves of Desire.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 10, 2017 at 11:30 1 Comment

 

I remembered a teaching from Dharmavidya…

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Wasted

Posted by Andrew 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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