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A Special Weekend

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 -…

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Added by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 — 1 Comment

COMPASSION FOR OUR WORLD

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…

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Added by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

First Thing's First!

       

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Added by Adam Dunsby on May 28, 2017 at 17:24 — No Comments

Message from Geeta

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.

Added by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

COLOURFUL RITES

The Russian Orthodox certainly know how to do pomp and ceremony

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40002536/russian-faithful-flock-to-st-nicholas-relics

Added by David Brazier on May 22, 2017 at 21:09 — No Comments

Self Power/Other Power

Sangharakshita on Self Power/Other Power: …

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Added by Adam Dunsby on May 21, 2017 at 22:35 — 1 Comment

The Omelette Sutra

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…

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Added by Geeta Chari on May 20, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Restart for democracy in South Korea

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.

Moon…

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Added by David Kilburn on May 11, 2017 at 16:09 — 2 Comments

MY CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS

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…

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Added by David Brazier on May 11, 2017 at 15:36 — 1 Comment

From Mindfulness to Heartfulness; ITZI Congres in Belgie, Kom je ook?

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.

We zijn…

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Added by Elja Stoel on May 5, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Maximum Entropy and Wormholes to Sukhavati.

 

 

Every now and then…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on April 30, 2017 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

MAY FLOWERS

In case you missed it http://eleusis.ning.com/group/campus/forum/topics/the-land-where-the-may-tree-blooms

Added by David Brazier on April 29, 2017 at 11:14 — No Comments

Medicine Buddha

Colleague Buddhists - I'm getting to know Medicine Buddha as I haven't met him before and he's come into my life at just the right time.

Anything you'd be willing to share about your personal relationship with him / stories/ facts / books etc. I'd be very grateful. Deep bow.

Added by Satya Robyn on April 24, 2017 at 13:57 — 4 Comments

Two Songs

Wrong

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.

Lamb

There are accidents,

There are mistakes,

And there is deliberately doing wrong.

Why do I feel responsible for others'…

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Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 12, 2017 at 21:28 — 4 Comments

Continue, Improve, Practice and Try.

 

The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ''maintenance…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on March 29, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments

Kindnesses

The love your neighbour campaign in Birmingham came about after the decision to leave the EU. There was an increase in racist attacks and the Church of England hierarchy felt they should take action. What they did was encourage schools and other community venues to put free of charge bright orange banners on fencing etc with the words love your neighbour on them. At the moment funding has been obtained to make more banners to replace any of the 1000 that have gone up already and to encourage… Continue

Added by Andrew on March 23, 2017 at 9:07 — 1 Comment

The bowl of feathers

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…

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Added by anki on March 22, 2017 at 11:09 — No Comments

Nembutsu morning

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.…

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Added by Kaspalita on March 18, 2017 at 9:33 — 2 Comments

RENCONTRE AVEC LAMA WANGMO EN JUIN

Rencontre entre David Brazier & LN Wangmo

les 10 & 11 juin 2017

à Saint-Martin-Lestra…

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Added by David Brazier on February 22, 2017 at 14:32 — No Comments

Quarantine.

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…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on February 22, 2017 at 13:19 — 2 Comments

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ITZI Conference 2017

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A Special Weekend

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 1 Comment

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

COMPASSION FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

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

First Thing's First!

Posted by Adam Dunsby on May 28, 2017 at 17:24 0 Comments

       

                                                          …

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Message from Geeta

Posted by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

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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