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Standing Watch

Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on April 5, 2020 at 20:17 — No Comments

Fragile Nature

I found this lovely quote in a book about Jizo bodhisattva:



"We perceive the fragile nature of our human life and it makes us afraid. As protection against the inevitable assaults of a human life - separations, failures, abuse, illness and death - we construct a set of strategies and defences called a self. Each time we perceive danger we fortify the defences until we find ourselves trapped and isolated inside its walls. Like a stone or wooden Jizo, we are frozen and lifeless. We… Continue

Added by Dayamay Dunsby on April 5, 2020 at 11:34 — 1 Comment

Causes and Conditions

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Added by Dayamay Dunsby on April 4, 2020 at 23:31 — No Comments

Storm by Robert Althouse

Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on April 3, 2020 at 1:36 — No Comments

Being Ok In Strange Times.

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Added by Dayamay Dunsby on March 29, 2020 at 15:12 — No Comments

Lighthouse by Robert Althouse

Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 28, 2020 at 21:12 — No Comments

Storm by Robert Althouse

Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 28, 2020 at 20:53 — No Comments

Standing Watch by Robert Althouse

I'm posting on your blog here, but see no one else posting or responding. Is it ok to post here? Is it ok to post some of my art work here? I'm not sure, so please tell me if there is any protocol I should be observing here. I hope all of you are safe with your families and your respective sangha communities. Thank you, Robert.…

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Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 28, 2020 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

The Earth is Breathing So You Can Too

As you read this, your lungs are working - the soft sponge-like pores that give you life moment by moment are expanding and contracting. This breath is not yours. You do not possess it. It is given to you by the generosity of the earth.

And in this extraordinary moment when many of us have sequestered ourselves in our…

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Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 26, 2020 at 14:09 — No Comments

Barn Underwater by Robert Althouse

Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 20, 2020 at 23:39 — No Comments

"Stop" by Kristin Flyntz

Some wise words about listening and learning from the COVID-19 Virus. …

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Added by Robert Joshin Althouse on March 20, 2020 at 22:30 — No Comments

Bombu Quote

Quote from Anthony De Mello:
“…in awareness you will understand that honour doesn’t mean a thing. It’s a social convention, that’s all. That’s why the mystics and the prophets didn’t bother one bit about it. Honour or disgrace meant nothing to them. They were living in another world, in the world of the awakened. Success or failure meant nothing to them. They had the attitude: “I’m an ass, you’re an ass, so where’s the problem?”

Namo Amida Bu( ;

Added by Dayamay Dunsby on January 27, 2020 at 11:25 — No Comments

Dog Shit and the Primeval Waters.

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Added by Dayamay Dunsby on January 19, 2020 at 11:34 — No Comments

Sagesse féline...

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…

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Added by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

WEEP FOR OUR WORLD



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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Added by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 — 3 Comments

MY MEDICAL CONDITION

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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Added by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 — 10 Comments

Grace.

“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

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

Sit

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

Zero Limits

 

 

 

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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Added by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 — No Comments

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Standing Watch

Posted by Robert Joshin Althouse on April 5, 2020 at 20:17 0 Comments

Fragile Nature

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 5, 2020 at 11:34 1 Comment

I found this lovely quote in a book about Jizo bodhisattva:



"We perceive the fragile nature of our human life and it makes us afraid. As protection against the inevitable assaults of a human life - separations, failures, abuse, illness and death - we construct a set of strategies and defences called a self. Each time we perceive danger we fortify the defences until we find ourselves trapped and isolated inside its walls. Like a stone or wooden Jizo, we are frozen and lifeless. We… Continue

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