Mat Osmond
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"Wishing a happy and fruitful New Year to you Dharmavyidia, and to all friends here at Eleusis. Remembering our old friend Rich Meyers today."
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"Lovely and helpful reflection - thank you. Whether this is a right idea or a wrong idea (and I'll take this as an encouragement to continue to like it, either way) I have long particularly liked the simple refuge prayer…"
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"He actually said 'it felt like one long sigh of relief, from beginning to end'."
Sep 29, 2017
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT in the group BUDDHISM
"Thankyou. One of the many letters here that read as one sigh of relief. (The phrase comes from my son - his comment on reading Hiroyuki Itsuki's 'Tariki')."
Sep 29, 2017
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Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT CAN WE DO? in the group WAR & PEACE
"We are all vulnerable to the effects of forces greater than ourselves, but the Buddhas have taught us that even if the world were consumed in a great fire, the person of pure heart will be safe in spirit. Let us have faith in that and trust that…"
Sep 12, 2017
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"Grateful for this measured counterpoint to the high excitement the BBC have been indulging in since yesterday - repeating US government talk of 'running out of patience' with - I had to stop, to check I wasn't imagining it - ominous…"
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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
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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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Name Amida Bu - yes, it has been quite a while! Health variable, spirits excellent, thank you - and you?

 
 
 

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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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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.…

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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…

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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

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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