Andrew Ralph Cheffings
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Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion BODHI DAY in the group BUDDHISM
"Lovely to read this after returning from Amida Mandala's Bodhi retreat. Makes a nice dharma talk transition back into everyday life as I work through the hillock of emails which greeted me on my return. A lovely, inclusive talk, thank you."
Dec 11, 2018
David Brazier commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Buddhism Day
"Yes, nice when one can focus. Hope the talk goes well. NAB."
Mar 28, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings posted a blog post

Buddhism Day

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida Bu!See More
Mar 28, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings posted a status
"I'm having a Buddhism day today, catching up with Buddhist activities."
Mar 28, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan in the group BUDDHISM
"I love the synthesis - thank you very much."
Mar 28, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings liked David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan
Mar 28, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on David Brazier's blog post ITALIAN DAYS
"The stained glass looks beautiful in the picture, and the swirling window tracery. A lovely sense of space. A great palace of a spiritual building! interesting to see it, thank you."
Jan 23, 2018
Andrew Ralph Cheffings and Sujatin Johnson are now friends
Dec 19, 2017
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on Susthama Kim's blog post By sheer power of aspiration
"Thank you, Susthama. It was nice to read this and remember your beautiful talk. I like the modifications too. Namo Amida Bu!"
Dec 5, 2017
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT in the group BUDDHISM
"And amazing how many reminders I need, or maybe not, and maybe that's most of us. I'm more amazed by unexpected gifts, though and imagine that if I get them, everyone must."
Oct 19, 2017
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT in the group BUDDHISM
"Walking within danger, I was glad to be both supported in it and directed out of it. I expected neither, so both were gifts. Thinking back, I can remember times when I was part of the danger, and still am in terms of my thoughtless collusion with…"
Oct 19, 2017
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT in the group BUDDHISM
"Thank you for the reminder that Buddhist arguments tend to be small. Small things which don't tend to start wars. Tiny differences of opinion about the exact nature of the Holy Trinity have certainly caused big problems. Does the Holy Spirit…"
Sep 30, 2017

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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
I am currently looking for new direction in life following a series of personal and family crises. I realised that I have had my head in the sand for a long time and need to take it out. I love writing hymns but only do so when they come to me.
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Attending courses, Holiday/Recuperation, Gardening, Personal Retreat, Personal Therapy, Support in your own part of the world
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I am currently off work long term but I have worked for a long time as a music teacher, primarily with a theraputic emphasis.

Andrew Ralph Cheffings's Blog

Buddhism Day

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 15:46 1 Comment

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…

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Two Songs

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 21:28 4 Comments

Wrong

I am about to do, or have already done, something wrong,

Which will cause me to be responsible for something terrible.

How can I prevent this from happening, or undo what is already done?

I even feel responsible for others' atrocities I don't even know.

Lamb

There are accidents,

There are mistakes,

And there is deliberately doing wrong.

Why do I feel responsible for others'…

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Saint Thomas

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 17:36 1 Comment

As I walked up and down the Strand,

I glimpsed Saint Thomas White

On the other side of the street.

Shamefully, I glanced at him.

He smiled.

In shame, I looked away and walked on.

A second time I saw him,

And found my eyes drawn to him-

So pretty, so slight, so masculine.

He winked at me.

In shame I looked away

And walked on.

A third time I saw him.

My eyes moved to…

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Hymn of Conciliation

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 18:36 2 Comments

I've sent this hymn to a person who has been fairly central in the recent storms in my life. It's something of an ending, I hope:

Foolish Beings

I do not blame you for being you;

I do not blame me for being me;

To Amida, we are both foolish beings,

But we can entrust ourselves to Him

And let him transform

Our foolish, vulnerable selves into Gold.

You carefully appreciate what you…

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At 11:12 on April 20, 2016, David Brazier said…

Nice. Writing is a practice. there is always an edge and being on that edge is exciting, eh?

At 11:19 on April 19, 2016, David Brazier said…

Hello Andrew. Welcome ! I'm looking forward to seeing some hymns appearing on these pages. Hope you will come and visit us too.

 
 
 

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GROUP

Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 3 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

Now,…

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