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Susthama Kim replied to David Brazier's discussion QU'EST-CE QUE LE BOUDDHISME in the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
"Alors, tu apprend italien et ecris en francais.  Et pourquoi pas? J’imagine que c’est facile et vite de penser dans les autres langues que tu connais."
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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
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"Yes, I have a long standing interest in this. Sleep is the best doctor."
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Charlene Diane Jones replied to Susthama Kim's discussion TO SLEEP OR NOT TO SLEEP in the group THERAPEUTAE
"This sounds like an important book, Susthama. thank you for bringing it to this forum..."
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to sleep or not to sleep?

i have been reading a relatively new book about Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and just how important sleep is to all parts of our body. It can reduce the chance of cancer, heart disease, dementia, depression and obesity, and it can help improve memory and general well-being. Personally I love sleep and so I have no trouble sleeping and get the required eight hours most nights, and that never really changed when I had two babies. But I know many people who sleep less than eight hours and who…See More
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WHAT NEXT?

As far as my life goes, it is pretty boring; nothing too exciting or too adventurous. We had a ‘minor scare’ over Christmas, however, but it turned out to be nothing but a change in hormones. Had it come to fruition it would have meant another three years of my life doing nothing but the same thing that I have been doing for the past six years, and boy oh boy, I am so relieved that it was just a scare. You can never be too careful, and at the same time you can’t even plan the perfect time to…See More
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Vajrapala Lut Moerman commented on Susthama Kim's blog post By sheer power of aspiration
"Thank you so share again, I better understand it now.... my english..... Namo Amida Bu"
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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
My name is Susthama and I practice Pureland Buddhism. I have recently been made Deputy Head of the Order and am still Dharmavidya’s Jissha.
Is your primary interest...
Volunteering, Attending courses, Holiday/Recuperation, Course leader, Join Staff Team, Develop the Buildings, Gardening, Group Retreats, Personal Retreat, Personal Therapy, Support in your own part of the world

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WHAT NEXT?

Posted on January 7, 2018 at 22:30 0 Comments

As far as my life goes, it is pretty boring; nothing too exciting or too adventurous. We had a ‘minor scare’ over Christmas, however, but it turned out to be nothing but a change in hormones. Had it come to fruition it would have meant another three years of my life doing nothing but the same thing that I have been doing for the past six years, and boy oh boy, I am so relieved that it was just a scare. You can never be too careful, and at the same time you can’t even plan the perfect time to…

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THE RUBICON

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 1 Comment

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 on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 6 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 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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At 21:14 on December 18, 2017, Ian Summers-Noble said…

Hi again, quick addendum...Dharmavidya has given us a vision/manifesto in 'The New Buddhism' :)

At 20:45 on December 18, 2017, Ian Summers-Noble said…

Thank you Susthama

NAB :)

Obviously by "communism" I don't mean horrendous stalinist dictatorships!  But real communities, self-organising, democratic, caring for all in the community and others etc etc...won't attempt a manifesto! :)

peace, love and light

ian

At 2:42 on December 6, 2017, Amanda Jane Fitton said…
Hi Susthama, Good to be back in touch with people after a traumatic time, Amanda x
At 18:24 on April 23, 2016, Carol English said…
Hi Susthama! Does this mean you are coming up for air after your move? How is everything??
At 9:48 on January 30, 2016, Carol English said…
Your profile photo is wonderful :-)
At 9:47 on January 30, 2016, Carol English said…
Hi Susthama. Elja tells me you and Damian might come to Eleusis. Worrisome situation. Much love, carol
 
 
 

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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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