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Massimo Tomassini liked David Brazier's discussion LIBERATION
Massimo Tomassini replied to David Brazier's discussion RUSSIA'S NEW WEAPONS: What does it mean? in the group WAR & PEACE
"hi David, thank you. Equanimity is highly difficult, both as an awakening factor and as a Brahamavihara. It's the point from which we can look at how things are going all over the world while (through?) feeling our fears and our regrets. The…"
Mar 26
Massimo Tomassini commented on David Brazier's blog post LEAVING SCHOOL AGAIN
"caro Davide,  congratulations. I suppose you're going to brilliantly pass your finals :). In my view you already got the highest grades in disciplines such as irony, self-confidence, empathy, tolerance, curiosity and challenge. The same…"
Feb 28
Massimo Tomassini replied to David Brazier's discussion REFLECTIONS UPON A LUMP IN THE THROAT in the group THERAPEUTAE
"hi.  It was great to meet you and to attend your workshop in Milan. And your post here is also very inspiring. It happens to me to come across similar experiences. In a way, it seems possible to state that "nothing is created, nothing is…"
Jan 23

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I've attended the ITZI Conference in Madrid
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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…


Shinran and Ippen

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…


Buddhism Day

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on March 28, 2018 at 15:46 1 Comment

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…



Posted by David Brazier on March 19, 2018 at 21:43 1 Comment

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…


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