Mat Osmond
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Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion SLAVES TO APPEARANCE in the group BUDDHISM
"Beautiful, clear reflection on one of my favourite lines in the Summary, especially the final passage, ' a prayer not an injunction... We have to rely upon an other power to wash us clean'. Thank you."
Jun 17
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion SLAVES TO APPEARANCE
Jun 17
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion RECEIVING THE SEED OF BUDDHAHOOD in the group BUDDHISM
"Beautiful, thank you - the latter passage especially speaks of nembutsu in a way that I haven't heard before, and is very affecting. Namo Amida Bu"
Jun 6
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion RECEIVING THE SEED OF BUDDHAHOOD
Jun 6
Mat Osmond liked Cayetano Gea's discussion PERMAFROST IS MELTING
May 3
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion HOLD YOUR BREATH - French Election in the group WAR & PEACE
"I missed that particular twist, thank you. After the tumultuous past year, it feels like one dare rule nothing out."
Apr 27
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion HOLD YOUR BREATH - French Election
Apr 27
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion NIEN FO
Apr 22
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion NO NATURE in the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
"Very helpful, thank you Dharmavydia. As you know I came to Amida Shu via a long-established involvement in Buddha Nature teaching. It's taken me a good while to feel settled on this question, but reading this I notice a sense of easy accord -…"
Apr 21
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion NO NATURE
Apr 21
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion FELICITY & WOE in the group POETRY
"Everything  or, first drag on Norman MacCaig   Everything’s in the sunset glowing as it slips away the day’s always been   ending Everything’s in the sunset and we wouldn’t have it any other way   faces we…"
Apr 18
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion FELICITY & WOE
Apr 18
Mat Osmond commented on Andrew Ralph Cheffings's blog post Two Songs
"Thanks Andrew. I - like you, perhaps? - have found writing & poetry to offer a valuable and healing space for what may run me in circles in other domains. A space where whatever 'problem' I feel oppressed by may begin to real itself to…"
Apr 16
Mat Osmond replied to Susthama Kim's discussion CELEBRATING KIM IL SUNG'S ANNIVERSARY in the group WAR & PEACE
"Our refuge in government is refuge in military bureaucracy - that's an interesting thought, Rob. Thanks. And yes, after the exchanges prompted by Susthama here, much the same thought was on my mind: that what the shadow of war really presents…"
Apr 16
Mat Osmond replied to Susthama Kim's discussion CELEBRATING KIM IL SUNG'S ANNIVERSARY in the group WAR & PEACE
"With so many lives presently overshadowed by a handful of foolish beings and their bombast, this seems trivial, but today has pressed upon me how much conflict flows within my own life. The thought came reading this thread earlier, and as if my life…"
Apr 15
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion SYRIA: DO I SMELL A RAT? in the group WAR & PEACE
"Have not joined this thread, but agree with the whole thrust of it. I feel deeply distrustful of the very stagey recent interventions in Syria and Afghanistan, that seem to be lapped up so uncritically by the BBC and others. Government hypocrisy at…"
Apr 15

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Have you visited Eleusis?
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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
My encounter with Dharmavydia and with the teachings and practice of Amida Shu came about through reading 'Who Loves, Dies Well', which has remained a watershed in my understanding of the spiritual path, one that led me to take the 5-fold refuge with Dharmavyidia in 2013. My active involvement in sangha life has been rather limited; currently, I'm resuming a rather haphazard progression through the Vow 22 chaplaincy programme, and finding myself increasingly grateful for the perspective on life offered here. I work in the field of visual arts education, with an interest in the growing field of 'eco-spirituality', as well as poetry & illustration, and art therapy. My own work and occasional ramblings can be found here: www.strandlinebooks.co.uk
How did you hear about Eleusis?
Dharmavydia
Is your primary interest...
Volunteering, Support in your own part of the world, Other - please tell us below
Other information / things you can offer
Staying in touch with Dharmavydia, with Amida Trust, and with related developments through ITZI.
Volunteering, for the moment, concerns that which I can offer from home - proof reading & editing, perhaps other such roles as the need emerges.

Mat Osmond's Blog

Dancing Round the Elephant

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 11:02 6 Comments

                                                          

This is a reflection on a one-day forum that I recently attended, on the theme of Spirituality and Ecology. It was hosted by the good people at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, April 22nd 2016. I have been a meandering sort of friend in the three years since I discovered Amida Buddhism here, and not very consistent. Nonetheless, it remains a real watershed in my life, that I'm very…

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At 20:54 on February 4, 2016, Sujatin Johnson said…

Name Amida Bu - yes, it has been quite a while! Health variable, spirits excellent, thank you - and you?

 
 
 

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A Special Weekend

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 1 Comment

I have spent the past weekend at meetings of the Amida Order in Malvern in UK. Apart from approving the advancement of a number of good people there was not a lot of "business" so we were able to concentrate upon our relationships with each other and with life and upon practising together. The whole thing turned out very well. The temple in Malvern is very comfortable and the location superb. It is difficult to convey the quality of interaction between people to those who were not there -…

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COMPASSION FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

I suppose that for many people politics seems something rather remote. For me, it is always close to my heart. Not that I strongly support this or that party, but because the issues are of such consequence. This is perhaps because of my early years having been passed in the Middle East where those consequences are evident in a more raw way. Over my lifetime I have watched as a pivotal region of the world has been systematically wrecked and ruined. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, multi-religious…

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First Thing's First!

Posted by Adam Dunsby on May 28, 2017 at 17:24 0 Comments

       

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Message from Geeta

Posted by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

I (Geeta) can offer up to 3 people a lift from Surrey to Eleusis, leaving at 5 am on 1st June and/or returning to England about 5 pm on 4th June. I can offer one person (or a couple) accommodation on the night before we travel and the night that we return.

Thank you Geeta - nice offer.

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