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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

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Mar 16, 2017
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"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
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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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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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