"I have a few friends who resolutely will not own a TV and I expect many of us have such friends. But Mat to have only watched TV twice in your life; that is a very strong statement I notice. And there is much wisdom in not watching the…"
"Building an alternative is in itself a form of protest. My experience of modern times tells me powerfully that people identity with their oppressors who generally are the corporate state. I particularly try to show people that our primary…"
"I have just started reading Just As You Are and I am rereading a book I only read for he first time last month. This is Creating Freedom by Raoul Martinez. I am drawn very powerfully to his authors understanding of our culture. I will copy a…"
"A big question to me is surely national leaders, whether those of traditional totalitarian states like Russia or China or corporate run states such as the USA do understand that economic growth has brought about this ecological collapse and ensuing…"
"And just for a little more pepper all of what you wrote David is placed in a time scale when Trump must be aware of likely impeachment and prison even while he holds the us forces, including all the nukes, in his supposedly tiny hands."
"A bitter man given power by a bitter electorate, that explains so much. It so needs saying that the US leaving the Paris accord is all about hegemony and not ecology. The accord regarding limiting temperature rise to 1.5 Celsius is a…"
"Likely the essence of current global problems goes back to the 70s when greed promotion by corporations and governments went on steroids; the capitalist economies needed very greedy populations to thrive and we bore the onslaught through…"
"Well Donald Trump fresh from a big arms deal with the Saudis is off to Brussels. I suspect he will be getting asked quite a few questions. Yes, economic and military cooperation growing between China, Russia and Europe will massively…"
"There is a substantial blockage in the way of China and Russia cooperating ever more closely and it is Siberia... . Resource rich, population small and neighbours with resource poor and population huge China."
"Machiavellian as a term would have to cede to Trumpian if Trump was planted as a fifth columnist. The greatest act of political skulduggery would have to be that inside Trump is a cool calculating effective soviet agent who knows discretion…"
WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION
In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…
The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…
We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight…
Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…