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Steven Durham liked David Brazier's discussion HOTEL DU LAC
Jul 11, 2017
Steven Durham liked David Brazier's discussion WHAT IS "TWO TRUTHS"?
May 24, 2017
Steven Durham commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"I am reading "Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian" by Paul Knitter, with mixed results.  I can appreciate his teaching/explanatory forays into Buddhism, and I am learning from those; but his "returns" to Christian…"
May 17, 2017
Steven Durham liked David Brazier's discussion NO NATURE
Apr 21, 2017
Steven Durham replied to David Brazier's discussion SYRIA: DO I SMELL A RAT? in the group WAR & PEACE
"Someone posted a meme on Facebook the morning after the raid. Against a gray background, a question was asked in white letters: "Is this our Reichstag Fire?" More than one of us is suspicious this was intended as a diversion against…"
Apr 8, 2017
Steven Durham liked David Brazier's discussion SIMPLE MIND
Mar 29, 2017
Steven Durham liked Satya Robyn's page * HOW TO START AN AMIDA SHU BUDDHIST PRACTICE AT HOME
Mar 29, 2017
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HELLENICA & ANCIENT WISDOM

This group is to give access to and a space for discussion of spiritual issues in general and from the Western traditions, as distinct from the groups on eastern wisdom (Buddhist, Taoist etc) including the ancient sources of mystery religion, especially but not exclusively Greek mythology, religion, mysteries, oracles and practices.See More
Mar 20, 2017
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WAR & PEACE

On the day that England and Wales voted to leave the European Union, I am starting this group as a place for political comment. The aim is to create a space where all and any issue of current affairs in the world can be discussed from a spiritual perspective.See More
Mar 16, 2017
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POETRY

A place for poemsSee More
Mar 16, 2017
David Brazier commented on Steven Durham's status
"Nice to see you on the site, Steve. Hope you are well and thriving."
Mar 15, 2017
Steven Durham commented on David Brazier's group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
"I'm reading a book titled Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Culture and Family in Crisis byJ. D. Vance.  It tells the story of Vance's growing up in the remoter parts of the Kentucky hills (hence "hillbilly"), part of a…"
Mar 15, 2017
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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

This is a group in which we can share information about what we are currently reading or have read and discuss emerging themes..See More
Mar 15, 2017
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QUESTIONS IN THE SAND

In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a question. This is how the Dharma is given and received. It is not just a matter of getting the right answer. The very act of asking and answering is a practice. Here I will offer answers to the questions that I get asked from time to time and so we shall meet.See More
Mar 15, 2017
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Mar 15, 2017
Steven Durham replied to David Brazier's discussion NOT MONOTHEISM in the group BUDDHISM
"I'm sure you've heard the saying, to the effect that bowing is "horizontalizing the ego."  Interesting to see worship described in this way, too!  It gives me much to think about -- thank you."
Mar 15, 2017

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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
I am a Quaker (and former Presbyterian pastor) who is profoundly interested in, and drawn to, Pure Land Buddhism. I am married (Jan) with 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
How did you hear about Eleusis?
Through promotion of "Questions in the Sand" at Friends of Amida Shu
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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 6 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

Sit

Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…

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Zero Limits

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 0 Comments

 

 

 

I have recently been made aware of a practice known as Ho’ponopono. Ho’ponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice, based on universal forgiveness, that was rediscovered and popularised in the 80s. A man called Joe Vitale(Hawaiian I think)  became enchanted by the practice after his daughter was healed from an…

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