Robert McCarthy
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Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion FAITH IN THE DOLLAR in the group WAR & PEACE
"It would be interesting if the US printed off the trillion plus dollars it owes China and delivered it to the Chinese embassy; paid in full. Maybe it hasn't popped into Donald's mind yet."
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Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion SKRIPAL AND DIPLOMATIC POSTURING in the group WAR & PEACE
"thank you David."
Mar 28
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion SKRIPAL AND DIPLOMATIC POSTURING in the group WAR & PEACE
"We have til now assumed there is time for such global political developments to occur. It is possible for instance that Putin believes industrial and even ecological breakdown is happening and unstoppable. That is unknowable by us but I look closely…"
Mar 27
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion SKRIPAL AND DIPLOMATIC POSTURING in the group WAR & PEACE
"There are so many parallels here with the shooting or is it missilling down of the passenger jet over the Ukraine. Immediately Russia was blamed and the 'proof' eventually offered was a truck without a full load of its missiles driving…"
Mar 26
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion RUSSIA'S NEW WEAPONS: What does it mean? in the group WAR & PEACE
"I suppose some readers have noticed the entire national identity of Australia is under attack from cheating in cricket. The outrage from the pm right throughout society is enormous. A huge if only for me, that such passion only seems to exist around…"
Mar 25
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"Hey Dayamay,  nice to hear from you and yes how interesting 'negativity' has been. The most 'out there' of scientific theory I have come across is in the book 'beyond biocentrism'by Robert Lanza. He pioneered stem…"
Mar 20
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"Thank you David. A good day in store visiting my latest grandchild and family. It seems Brett and Peter have gone too long down this terrible path to rebound, given the few options  available now.  Namo Amida Bu."
Mar 19
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"There were extreme circumstances this morning as I wrote to the discussion on negativity.  I answered a knock on the door and a neighbour was there extremely disturbed. He was high on ice and barely able to speak.  He explained that he had…"
Mar 19
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"Very much appreciated thank you David.  Having recently read Robert Lanza's Beyond Biocentrism and considering now reading Ervin Laszlo's the Intelligence of the Cosmos I am rather full of notions of there being only consciousness…"
Mar 19
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"I may have moments of not identifying with body and mind but there is a vast amount of identifying with body and mind in between.  Movements like deep ecology draw us into primarily identifying with the natural elements of our world and even…"
Mar 17
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought in the group BUDDHISM
"I can too easily 'identify' with this process of negativity.  There is another side to what is called negativity or pessimism or even hopelessness and I seem to excel here in regard to dwelling on the multitude of critical problems…"
Mar 17
Robert McCarthy liked David Brazier's discussion Negativity: the importance of secondary thought
Mar 17
Robert McCarthy liked David Brazier's discussion TELL ME AGAIN HOW TO MEDITATE
Mar 14
Robert McCarthy liked David Brazier's discussion Do Numbers Matter? Crazy Logic.
Mar 10
Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion DECLINING STANDARDS IN UK POLITICS in the group WAR & PEACE
"I read an article related to Trump how at the bitter end of the US civil war a new class of politicians appeared who were beyond ruthless, lacked any sense of caring and without any sense of honour or  obligation to convention or legality fully…"
Dec 7, 2017
Robert McCarthy commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"While science and Buddhism have had many places of accord this seems a very new place for science based enquiry to engage with consciousness; let alone the experience of death. I am quite elated to see this as it will open new pathways to those many…"
Nov 13, 2017

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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
I live in Melbourne Australia. Just now I am trying to work out how to live between here, Amida Sanghas and also with family in Thailand.
Is your primary interest...
Attending courses, Join Staff Team, Develop the Buildings, Group Retreats, Support in your own part of the world
Other information / things you can offer
massage,have built a mud brick house,

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At 11:18 on December 5, 2015, David Brazier said…

Hi Rob. Warm wishes from us in Malvern. Namo Amida Bu.

At 10:26 on November 21, 2012, Cécile Le Clercq said…

Dear Rob, how nice to hear from you ! love the picture of the man on the beach... I too hope to see you at Eleusis next summer, take care, cécile

At 8:08 on November 21, 2012, Michael Brazier said…
Hi Robert, that sounds really interesting. Looking forward to swapping skills/experiences down there when the project starts.
 
 
 

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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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