"Eat when hungry, sleep when tired, see what needs to be done and do it. Mahalo Dharmvidya for reminding me of these wise words to live by. What more is there really? Maybe it's a function of age, but I find myself moving through life in a…"
"Timely ideas. The Hawaii sangha is doing the one million nembutsu this year, but I'm resistant to counting as it seems contrary to the whole concept. I have a daily practice of around an hour as well as going to sleep and middle of the night…"
"What a powerful metaphor for life paths that could have gone one way or another. For me these are times when I thought I was in touch with heart rather than brain to make the decision. Don't know if that was very effective or if I was…"
"Goodness. This sounds very deep and complicated, especially if the parent herself isn't able to separate from the child. My maternal grandmother died when my mom was 8 and I remember her being unable to see me as an individual. Perhaps she…"
"This week I flew to Santiago, Chile. Peter is visiting observatories and I am doing a personal writing retreat amongst the crazy noise and frenzy of this large Latin American city. 8 million people, 4 million cars. Many days the Andes are cloaked…"
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My arm stretched up into the cloud, masking my tenuous stronghold. I'm frozen in the moment of fear. What will happen if I let go? But my body takes over and I do and though I have the sensation of falling, I am also light-hearted with relief.
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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.…
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…
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…
''The lotus does not grow in the solid ground of lofty plateaus, but in the muddy ponds of lowland marshes. This is an analogy meaning that foolish beings, while in the mud of blind passions, put forth the blossoms of the Buddha's perfect enlightenment; This indicates the inconceivable power of the Tathagata's universal Primal Vow.''