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Dick Verstegen replied to Elja Stoel's discussion Saturday 30 Jan; Bold and compassionate in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"If one can lose his bishop he really is doing better! I am very glad for all of you. What a shock it was! Congratulations David and Elja! Keep up and get well!! "
Jan 30, 2016
Dick Verstegen replied to Elja Stoel's discussion Wednesday 29 JAN; emergency in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"Dear Elja, What a shock! Godbless he is in good hands now as you wrote. Hope David get wel very soon. Much love and take care!"
Jan 29, 2016
Dick Verstegen replied to David Brazier's discussion WEDNESDAY 27 Jan ~ Medical Report in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"Take care David! Hope you get well very soon!"
Jan 28, 2016
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Jan 6, 2016
Dick Verstegen posted a status
"Hi David! Many congratulations! Have a wonderful day!"
Jan 2, 2016
Elja Stoel left a comment for Dick Verstegen
"Ha Dick nice to see you hear at the website :-)"
Dec 29, 2015
Dick Verstegen and David Brazier are now friends
Dec 29, 2015
Dick Verstegen is now a member of David Brazier at La Ville au Roi (Eleusis)
Dec 29, 2015

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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
zen-teacher,columnist and author on zen-buddhist subjects, labyrinth-worker, background in journalism. Married to Ellen, who is a spiritual singer and director.
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from Elja
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I don't know. I was invited by Elja to sign in. Perhaps I like to give a retreat once in Eleusis

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At 12:48 on December 29, 2015, Elja Stoel said…

Ha Dick nice to see you hear at the website :-)


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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…


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.…


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…



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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