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Sujatin Johnson commented on Kaspalita's blog post Nembutsu morning
"It was lovely to join you at a distance for part of the chanting"
Mar 18
Sujatin Johnson liked Kaspalita's blog post Nembutsu morning
Mar 18
David Brazier commented on Kaspalita's blog post Nembutsu morning
"Tomorrow is the anniversary of the death in 2004 of Sensei Gisho Saiko. I good time to be chanting."
Mar 18
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Nembutsu morning

Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.See More
Mar 18
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion SECRETLY TAKING ON THE SUFFERINGS OF OTHERS in the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
"Hi everyone - fascinating discussion. Dharmavidya, like Satya I agree with the four points. My sense is that you two are both arriving at the same place, but through different routes. You said that Kennett Roshi wouldn't let people join who had…"
Jan 24
Kaspalita liked David Brazier's discussion HOW IT IS TO BE ALONE
Nov 3, 2016
Kaspalita liked David Brazier's discussion WEDNESDAY 2 November ~ A walk by the lake
Nov 2, 2016
David Brazier replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"Thanks, Juan. The term hierarchy can be understood in different ways. I would say that in a healthy hierarchy every member is equally important."
Mar 11, 2016
Juan de Dios López-Rienda replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"I agree with you, David. I mentioned perversion only under the Taoist point of view, not from my personal point of view. For describing what I figure out about the self-rule, I prefer to refer to P2P philosophy where the value is in the endpoints.…"
Mar 11, 2016
Kaspalita replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"Here's the link to a video of the talk, if anyone's interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_dZVbJFLE ;"
Mar 9, 2016
David Brazier replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"Thanks, Juan. Yes, there is certainly some truth in all that, though, of course, any kind of social grouping naturally produces hierarchies so the only way to avoid them completely is to be a hermit, which, again, many Taoists did. When you said…"
Mar 5, 2016
Juan de Dios López-Rienda replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"Thank you, David, for the creation of this group. When I say perversión is because any spiritual movement once become in any kind of organization generates by itself a hierarchy and consequently one uneven situation. Taoism is the first…"
Mar 4, 2016
David Brazier replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"To the best of my knowledge the Chinese do distinguish between a Taoism as philosophy and a Taoism as religion, but I don't think that the see them as antagonistic to one another, particularly, so I think that using the word…"
Mar 4, 2016
Juan de Dios López-Rienda replied to Kaspalita's discussion The Tao vs Amida in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"The Taoism, as an organized religion, is a perversion of Taoism principles that are not religious ones because, mainly, they are against any hierarchical organization. Moreover, for them God is not required, you are the responsible of your destiny.…"
Mar 4, 2016
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion I CHING: The Book of Change in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"I'll also just received Khigh Alx Dhiegh's The Eleventh Wing in the post, which is an attempt to make the I Ching accessible for modern readers and dilemmas - I've hardly started it yet, but I do like his idea/ritual that one should…"
Mar 4, 2016
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion I CHING: The Book of Change in the group TAO & EASTERN WISDOM
"Yes - we must  be wary of the modern tradition of putting words into the elders mouths... Whincup (with an H, not as I typed above) recognises a pattern and progression in the hexagrams which seems to support his interpretation - of course he…"
Mar 4, 2016

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2012 or earlier
Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
Recently I gave a talk at a local school and one of the children asked if I wasn't a Buddhist what faith would I be? I wasn't sure, I said, but I was sure that whatever faith it was - I would be in the mystical traditions...

I run a Pureland Buddhist group in the beautiful Malvern Hills, and edit the journal of the Amida Order: Running Tide. Along with my wife, Fiona Robyn, I run Mindful Writing courses online, and am involved in various other literary activities.

I'm interested in all of the arts, but particularly the written word and the dramatic arts.

Two years ago at Elsusis Fiona and I ran a week long workshop on using poetry as a springboard to personal exploration, including creating little 'dramas' based on the poems. I have also lead drama workshops at Eleusis.
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At 19:43 on November 23, 2012, David Brazier said…

Deliberate mistakes are often a good advertising strategy :-). Namo Amida Bu.

At 18:55 on November 23, 2012, David Brazier said…

WONDERFUL - except for the grammatical mistake in the last line :-))

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Welcome - Namo Amida Bu - ... and you can give us more of a description than that :-) Lots of love - D.

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Nembutsu morning

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 9:33 2 Comments

Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.…

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Kindnesses

Posted by Andrew on March 23, 2017 at 9:07 1 Comment

The love your neighbour campaign in Birmingham came about after the decision to leave the EU. There was an increase in racist attacks and the Church of England hierarchy felt they should take action. What they did was encourage schools and other community venues to put free of charge bright orange banners on fencing etc with the words love your neighbour on them. At the moment funding has been obtained to make more banners to replace any of the 1000 that have gone up already and to encourage… Continue

The bowl of feathers

Posted by anki on March 22, 2017 at 11:09 0 Comments

Once upon a time there was a traveler from the lands below.

Lived in a cottage in the mountains all alone.

The only company he had were the animals and the trees.

Though company they were none the less spoke in language only the soul hears.

Songs of days passed they sang just…

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Nembutsu morning

Posted by Kaspalita on March 18, 2017 at 9:33 2 Comments

Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.…

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RENCONTRE AVEC LAMA WANGMO EN JUIN

Posted by David Brazier on February 22, 2017 at 14:32 0 Comments

Rencontre entre David Brazier & LN Wangmo

les 10 & 11 juin 2017

à Saint-Martin-Lestra…

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