"I have been doing deep background reading in China history and have been thinking about the interplay of Buddhism and Taoism. Because of my Hawaiian spiritual connection, humans relationship to nature is central to any spiritual practice and belief.…"
"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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Welcome to David Brazier at La Ville au Roi (Eleusis)
I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…
I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.
The scene opens in the republic of Kapilavastu, depicted as a green and pleasant land, with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop. (I was…
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…