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I am a current student of the ITZI Buddhist Psychology course.

I am married and a mum to a beautiful boy. I run a farm and try to balance my family life, studies and work. I also teach meditation classes in my community.

I first discovered Buddhism in 1992 while on holiday in the Far East and it has been a life-long preoccupation since then. I feel very fortunate to be able to spend part of my time studying BP through ITZI and hope to be able to continue with studies once this programme is completed.
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I would like to be able to follow any teachings that are posted on the website - and, who knows!?, perhaps I will be able to attend a retreat one day.

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At 22:34 on May 16, 2016, Maja said…

Thank you, everyone, for the warmth of your welcome. I feel part of the Sangha already! I do not have easy access to a Zen Sangha where I live now, which is about an hour outside Cape Town, so it will be wonderful to follow the teachings and discussions on this site.

At 9:41 on May 14, 2016, Jnanamati said…

A very hearty welcome Maja to the site. Of course whilst never having met in many ways we know each other very well, don't we? It would indeed be something if at some point you could visit us here, perhaps as Dharmavidya says, to come to a retreat. 

At 21:27 on May 13, 2016, Juline Smit said…

A very warm welcome to the group Maja.  I am from Africa - grew up in Namibia and studied and lived in Cape Town for 8 years.  I have lived in England since 2003 and now feel like a true citizen of the world.  I joined the Amida sangha in 2009 and enjoy the experiential learning and the nurturing of creativity that is very much the Amida way.  I found friendship, love, a sense of community and support and wish the same for you. Juline

At 22:07 on May 8, 2016, David Brazier said…

Welcome to our network. Yes, it would be very fine if you could come to a retreat. In the meantime I hope that you will get to know people via this site, enjoy the teachings and contribute to the discussions. I think you are our first member from Africa, so now we have members in every continent (except Antarctica). Welcome.

 
 
 

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…

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