I have spent the past weekend at meetings of the Amida Order in Malvern in UK. Apart from approving the advancement of a number of good people there was not a lot of "business" so we were able to concentrate upon our relationships with each other and with life and upon practising together. The whole thing turned out very well. The temple in Malvern is very comfortable and the location superb. It is difficult to convey the quality of interaction between people to those who were not there -…Continue
I suppose that for many people politics seems something rather remote. For me, it is always close to my heart. Not that I strongly support this or that party, but because the issues are of such consequence. This is perhaps because of my early years having been passed in the Middle East where those consequences are evident in a more raw way. Over my lifetime I have watched as a pivotal region of the world has been systematically wrecked and ruined. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, multi-religious…Continue
I (Geeta) can offer up to 3 people a lift from Surrey to Eleusis, leaving at 5 am on 1st June and/or returning to England about 5 pm on 4th June. I can offer one person (or a couple) accommodation on the night before we travel and the night that we return.
Thank you Geeta - nice offer.
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The Russian Orthodox certainly know how to do pomp and ceremony
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Sangharakshita on Self Power/Other Power: …
I find Elizabeth David's classic book, 'French Provincial Cooking', to be replete with advice for the Pureland Sangha.
"As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own. Reasonably enough; a successful dish is often achieved by quite different methods from those advised in cookery books or by the professional chefs, but over this question of omelette making professional and amateur cooks alike are particularly unyielding. Argument has never…Continue
For once, opinion polls proved reliable as Moon Jae-In, a 64-year-old, left-of-centre human rights lawyer was declared winner of South Korea’s presidential election by a wide margin in the early hours of Wednesday, May 10. He succeeds Park Geun-Hye, daughter of Park Chung-Hee, the military dictator who ruled Korea from 1961 to 1979. Ms Park was removed from office last December by impeachment, following a massive corruption scandal, and is currently in detention and on trial.
My manuscript for a book about Zen Master Dogen based on his seminal work Genjo Koan has been accepted in principle by a UK based publisher. There is always quite a process to go through so it probably won't actually appear in the shops before this time next year, but we shall see.
I am currently working on an article commissioned by Tricycle magazine for their next special issue which is on the theme of Fear.
The book that is being produced based on my Questions in the Sand…Continue
Ben je geïnteresseerd in boeddhistische psychologie? In geëngageerd boeddhisme? In mindfulness? Coaching vanuit boeddhistisch perspectief? Dan heeft dit congres in België waarschijnlijk jouw interesse:
Van 8 tot 10 september 2017 organiseert het Internationaal Instituut voor Zen Therapie van David Brazier haar tweede congres over boeddhistische psychologie. Een congres waar interactie tussen sprekers en deelnemers essentieel is.
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Every now and then…
In case you missed it http://eleusis.ning.com/group/campus/forum/topics/the-land-where-the-may-tree-blooms
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I am about to do, or have already done, something wrong,
Which will cause me to be responsible for something terrible.
How can I prevent this from happening, or undo what is already done?
I even feel responsible for others' atrocities I don't even know.
There are accidents,
There are mistakes,
And there is deliberately doing wrong.
Why do I feel responsible for others'…Continue
The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ''maintenance…
Added by Adam Dunsby on March 29, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments
Once upon a time there was a traveler from the lands below.
Lived in a cottage in the mountains all alone.
The only company he had were the animals and the trees.
Though company they were none the less spoke in language only the soul hears.
Songs of days passed they sang just…Continue
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Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.…
Added by David Brazier on February 22, 2017 at 14:32 — No Comments
It’s funny what goes through your mind when you spend several hours walking round in circles chanting! In my experience it can be as mundane as thinking about the person who laid the carpet, or as profound as contemplating the significance of spiritual practice. Here’s what came up for me in our most recent session:
In a few billion years the sun will burn out and it’s gravitational mass will be reduced to the point where it can no longer maintain it’s influence on the…