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Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG QUICKLY NOW in the group WAR & PEACE
"Shreddies used to be my favourite cereal. The new PM looks a bit like the old one but more stooped and a bit depressed-looking. Hopefully she'll listen more than mark-1 seemed to do, and hopefully not just to the DUP and her Weetabix cronies.…"
Jun 13
Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG QUICKLY NOW in the group WAR & PEACE
"Very interesting. Very good to have something written which comes from a different angle to what I have read already. I like the word Eurexit. I hate the B word. I tend to use the word, Weetabix, which has many of the same letters but in a different…"
Jun 8
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"A friend in the USA sent me Seth Speaks to read. I'm finding it heavy-going but I'm interesting in reading a book which was dictated through a medium. In general, life can seem pretty mundane (although there's always the Nembutsu) and…"
May 23
Andrew Ralph Cheffings commented on Adam Dunsby's blog post Maximum Entropy and Wormholes to Sukhavati.
"Very interesting. I enjoyed reading that. Social entropy is an interesting idea. I think there is a sense of impasse anyway. Hopefully Amida will carry us away from it. I pray so. It often happens. NAB"
May 2
Sujatin Johnson liked Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
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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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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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.

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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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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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Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology

Posted by David Brazier on June 28, 2017 at 11:58 0 Comments

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…

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A Special Weekend

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 2 Comments

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 -…

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COMPASSION FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

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…

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First Thing's First!

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