"Yes indeed. Levinas calls compassion 'The nexus of human subjectivity.' Meaning that in compassion the other becomes a subectivity totally in his own right but my nexus, somebody I cannot deny. And 'The supreme ethical…"
"Thank for this poem. Happy New Year and still congratulations with your birthday.
My thoughts are with you. Can't help seeing you in your room/library (or cave?) at Eleusis. Amidst all the books.
As long as I know you, you were almost never…"
In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a question. This is how the Dharma is given and received. It is not just a matter of getting the right answer. The very act of asking and answering is a practice. Here I will offer answers to the questions that I get asked from time to time and so we shall meet.See More
Here I will gradually add papers I have written, mostly ones written rather a long time ago but which still have some use or relevance. The papers are loaded here as "pages" and so the links to them are in the right hand column below. There is also a themed listing in the text box below. If you wish to discuss matters arising, please do so by using the Discussion facility. Thank you.See More
"What then do we mean by saying: The Blessed ONE?' What is the meaning of 'Hear Israel, the Lord Jehova your God, ...,he is One. (Deuteronomy). There is an anecdote about Leibnitz (17th century).He was the inventor…"
Thank you for this article. Astonishing and puzzling. Of course if living in the USA I would have sympathy for most of a progressive/liberal polical movement and have no objection against calling this mindful. Mindful here meaning:…"
Lay member of Order of Amida Buddha since 2002.
Background in philosophy and organisational sciences. Lived in Amida France, like it was called before named Eleusis from 2004 till 2007. Was member of the Amida training community. 35 years self employed management consultant, trainer, counsellor and coach. Off and on painting and making art. Since 2 years my dream of of living an artist life was fulfilled thanks to my teacher and brothers/sisters of Amida school and order, my daughters and my beloved friends. Now painting full time besides living a spiritual life. Live in a housing community in Den Haag, where my girl-friend and Dharma sister Annetta lives too. Have 3 daughters and 7 grand children. Visit Eleusis regularly.
How did you hear about Eleusis?
Via Dharmavidya my teacher.
Is your primary interest...
Attending courses, Holiday/Recuperation, Join Staff Team, Develop the Buildings, Group Retreats, Personal Retreat
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''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…
In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…
I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice. It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…
WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION
In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…
The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…