Mat Osmond
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  • Falmouth, Cornwall
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Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion THE WISH TO PRACTISE A RELIGIOUS LIFE
Dec 3
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT THE RIGHT IDEA in the group BUDDHISM
"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…"
Oct 29
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT THE RIGHT IDEA
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Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion THE KEYSTONE IS FRAGMENTING
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Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT in the group BUDDHISM
"He actually said 'it felt like one long sigh of relief, from beginning to end'."
Sep 29
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
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion GENTLE SPIRIT
Sep 29
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
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO EAT GRASS THEY WILL NOT SACRIFICE NATIONAL SECURITY in the group WAR & PEACE
"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…"
Sep 5
Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO EAT GRASS THEY WILL NOT SACRIFICE NATIONAL SECURITY
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Mat Osmond liked David Brazier's discussion OFFER EVERYTHING
Aug 29
Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT CAN WE DO? in the group WAR & PEACE
"Thanks Geeta, you read this man's story much more carefully and deeply than I did, and I'm grateful for this second and fuller take on it. Yes indeed - Arno seems almost like a modern-day Angulimala, doesn't he? Very powerful to think…"
Aug 27

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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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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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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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