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Apr 18
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
"Yes, I think so. Sometimes a gift in terms of, that it is something which enables necessary work to be done, maybe sometimes from previous lives, and it is not even clear to start with what shared pains need dealing with. In the case of some pains,…"
Apr 17
Mat Osmond commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
"Thanks Andrew. I - like you, perhaps? - have found writing & poetry to offer a valuable and healing space for what may run me in circles in other domains. A space where whatever 'problem' I feel oppressed by may begin to real itself to…"
Apr 16
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
"Thank you for your response, Mat. The second song is a response to the first one and answers why I feel the way I do in the first- someone powerful has acted like a saint, while denouncing me, to make it seem that only I am responsible, so shared…"
Apr 16
Mat Osmond commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
"The emotion of the first, here, feel to me like a familiar and oft repeated dream, Andrew. And what your first poem ends with, a kind of assertion of faith, for me. As others have put it, 'Nothing human is alien to me', or 'Because I…"
Apr 14
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Two Songs

WrongI 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.LambThere are accidents,There are mistakes,And there is deliberately doing wrong.Why do I feel responsible for others' misdemeanors which damaged me?Because she puts on a snow-white dressAnd bottle-feeds an orphan lamb.If I do this bad thing…See More
Apr 12
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion IT'S APPLE BLOSSOM TIME - & LILAC TOO in the group ELEUSIS NEWS: What Did You Do This Week?
"Thank you for the beautiful photos. It's been a very flowery spring so far. The dandelions have been particularly prolific. The flowers seem to make the bird song even more melifluous. Namo Amida Bu."
Apr 12
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Apr 12
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on David Brazier's group POETRY
"Gardens A garden is not a plan on paper, It is not moving rocks, water and earth around; It is gardening, And everything gardens."
Mar 3
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT IS NEMBUTSU? in the group BUDDHISM
"I like reminders like this. It's so easy to get caught up in absolute specifics and then, unknowingly, start to exclude other beings. I've just started readying, Spirit and the Politics of Disablement' by Sharon V. Betcher, who is a…"
Jan 24
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Jan 24
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"Today I planted the Rosa glauca I ordered recently in the Pure Land inspired garden I am making on our allotment. I was really excited about this. It has red stems in winter, red-tinged leaves in spring, pink flowers in summer and purple hips in…"
Jan 8
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"I am pleased to hear that you have been in some of these wonderful gardens. I am particularly impressed with the care I see in the images which has gone into placing stones, water and plants. There is a seamlessness about them, a lack of hard edges,…"
Jan 4
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion MY LATEST (In French) in the group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"I read through the extract. I have read the book in English, which helps, but even so, the French version is so clearly written in this extract, it's a pleasure for me to read, even with my rusty French. I love the cover as well, the Buddha…"
Jan 4
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion JUST AS YOU ARE in the group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"What I really like about this book is that once you have read it you can maybe go to a service at Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern and feel at home straight away, knowing so much about the ethos of the place already and already feeling welcomed by…"
Jan 4

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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

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'…

Continue

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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Resigning Hymn

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 17:41 0 Comments

Here is the hymn I wrote which helped me resign from a job which I have been struggling with for many years:

Two Trees

A culture of bullying is like a tree:

If bullying is in the trunk,

It spreads through every branch and twig,

Until we all become bullies or colluders.

Amitabha reaches out to rescue me;

I stretch out my arm, and take His hand.

He is the trunk of a different…

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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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Medicine Buddha

Posted by Satya Robyn on April 24, 2017 at 13:57 0 Comments

Colleague Buddhists - I'm getting to know Medicine Buddha as I haven't met him before and he's come into my life at just the right time.

Anything you'd be willing to share about your personal relationship with him / stories/ facts / books etc. I'd be very grateful. Deep bow.

Two Songs

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings 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'…

Continue

Continue, Improve, Practice and Try.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on March 29, 2017 at 14:27 0 Comments

 

The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ''maintenance…

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