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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
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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
Andrew Ralph Cheffings posted a status
"I'm having a Buddhism day today, catching up with Buddhist activities."
Mar 28
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
Andrew Ralph Cheffings liked David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan
Mar 28
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
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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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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Shinran and Ippen

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…

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Buddhism Day

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings 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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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

Posted by David Brazier on March 19, 2018 at 21:43 1 Comment

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…

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