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Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion SUDDEN AWAKENING AND GRADUAL TRANSFORMATION in the group THERAPEUTAE
"Thanks for this - very nicely explained. Namo Amida Bu."
Jun 23
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Kaspalita liked David Brazier's discussion MEDITATION SICKNESS
Mar 28
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion Being Natural is Rather Unusual in the group BUDDHISM
"Very nice reflections. Particularly those about clan. Having spent time with both my own parents and my in-laws this weekend, and of course with my chosen family, I can really feel how it is to be in different spaces. When I think of all the groups…"
Mar 12
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan in the group BUDDHISM
"Palms raised in gassho - deep bow"
Mar 7
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan in the group BUDDHISM
"When the wink landed in the eye of the disciple"
Mar 7
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan in the group BUDDHISM
"eyes are open see the lighteyes are closedthe light remains"
Mar 6
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion The Famous Dialectic of Chan in the group BUDDHISM
"Very nice. Namo Amida Bu :)"
Mar 6
Kaspalita commented on David Brazier's blog post LEAVING SCHOOL AGAIN
"Thank you for sharing some of your experience here. Interesting reflections on the process. My training this year has been a similarly rich experience - although most of us there are already on the edge of society in some way, so not the same kind…"
Mar 2
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion EARLY BUDDHISM IN A NUTSHELL in the group BUDDHISM
"Thank you for this - very nicely put - sometimes a very difficult invitation to accept though! The more I practice the more layers of self-concern I discover :)"
Mar 2
Kaspalita replied to David Brazier's discussion MILTON ERICKSON, ZEN MASTER in the group ITZI
"This is all very good to read, and chimes with my own experience as a therapist. Much of it also fits with the embodied work I have been training in - the amplification, the playfulness, the idea of moving to creative states from dysfunctional…"
Dec 20, 2017
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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
I run the Amida Mandala Buddhist Temple in Malvern (UK), with my wife Satya.

I am a psychotherapist in private practice & I teach mindfulness and mindful writing.
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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 :-))

At 16:48 on November 23, 2012, David Brazier said…

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

Kaspalita's Blog

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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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 0 Comments

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.

Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

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…

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

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…

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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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