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COMING HOME IN THE EVENING LIGHT

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Added by David Brazier on February 18, 2017 at 21:24 — 4 Comments

COURSES PLANNED FOR KOREA THIS YEAR

These are the courses that I am planning to offer in Seoul, S. Korea this summer.

THREE FIVE DAY PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING WORKSHOPS WORKSHOP

7-11 August 2017 ~ Workshop 1

SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION

In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind,…

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Added by David Brazier on February 8, 2017 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Communication? Quelle communication?

J'ai toujours pensé que la véritable communication  ne pouvait se faire qu'en face-à-face et que les communications virtuelles - si communes aujourd'hui sur les réseaux sociaux - ne sont que de déplorables pis-aller. Pourtant, à la réflexion, il me semble qu'il convient de corriger ce point de vue par trop simpliste. Certes, rien ne vaut la richesse d'une rencontre réelle où les paroles ne sont qu'un élément d'un ensemble où tout peut devenir signifiant. Les mots s'accompagnent de toute une…

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Added by Tamuly Annette on February 6, 2017 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS

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Added by David Brazier on January 31, 2017 at 15:13 — 4 Comments

Seizing the Hell Realms

Ippen's hymn came to me at work the other day when I was struggling to find gratitude for the recent, somewhat un-forseen circumstances of my life. Although we hate the hell realms, ''we seize them again''. I always take these words as a reference to the continuum that unfolds as karma and delivers us to the conditions in which we find faith and then continue to unpick the knot of our bondage to Samsara. Whilst psychological growth is key to the process, equally as important is to…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on January 29, 2017 at 14:35 — No Comments

Humility.

I found these in a book that Satya lent me recently. They're helping me to identify my spiritual pride and my resistance to reality. Thanks Satya. Namo Amida Bu(   :

St. Benedict's 12 steps to cultivating humility:

   

  1. Be aware of God's presence always. Remind yourself that if God is everywhere, God is present as everyone. Each encounter is an encounter with God, demanding your…
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Added by Adam Dunsby on January 29, 2017 at 9:43 — 4 Comments

Libertad

Y tambien la libertad interior, de alguna manera somos esclav@s en el sistema capitalista, dependemos del capital, del trabajo para sobrevivir, y siendo mujer se añade el lugar que nos adjudica el patriarcado...lo que está en mis manos es afrontarlo desde un lugar más grande y ponerlo a mi favor, para practicar la consciencia, aprender, ver más allá de las apariencias...creo que estoy intentando saborear la libertad interior. Me doy cuenta de que los condicionamientos, la personalidad…

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Added by Sol García on January 23, 2017 at 22:30 — 7 Comments

FIRE OFFERING TO EIRENE GODDESS OF PEACE

May all beings be blessed…

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Added by David Brazier on January 1, 2017 at 16:26 — 1 Comment

Seasonal Message from the Head of the Amida Order

The years 2016 and 2017 may well be seen from the future as a turning point in world politics. There is certainly a sense that the current order is fragmenting in Europe and North America, and that the balance of power in the Far East is shifting. In the Middle East there is still no sight of the end of war, but we can pray that some new arrangement can be found that will bring the killing to an end and start what will be a long process of reconciliation. We can sense what may be…

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Added by David Brazier on December 25, 2016 at 20:23 — 5 Comments

Winter

So cold in the UK at the moment. You really can see it's winter. I find as I get older I'm less able to cope with the cold weather. I enjoy looking at the pattern of the ice on my window, but having to get it off the windscreen of my car is very difficult. My hands feel like they have frozen and I long for the warmth of summertime.

As it's the Holliday period with Christmas upon us I have taken two whole weeks off work. Saved my leave this year and really will appreciate the break. All… Continue

Added by Andrew on December 24, 2016 at 0:59 — No Comments

Tetragrammaton.

Seems funny that I should end up wandering around Worcester cathedral on my birthday. The first opportunity I’ve had since I’ve been living in the area over the past years. So I thought I’d follow up my recent blog ”Sacred Space” by explaining some of the features, as they appear in these buildings, with my own unique interpretation. Not to be taken as religious or spiritual fact, by the way.



An immense sense of space and a dense matrix of symbolism blows me away as it presents…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on December 11, 2016 at 14:52 — 2 Comments

CHILDREN TALKING ABOUT REFUGEES

Kids talking about refugees. My grand daughter is one of the children asking questions.

Added by David Brazier on December 9, 2016 at 18:49 — No Comments

Buddha Quote

My heart, thus knowing, thus seeing, was released from the fermentation of sensuality, released from the fermentation of becoming, released from the fermentation of ignorance. With release, there was the knowledge, 'Released.' I discerned that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.
The Buddha.

Added by Andrew on December 9, 2016 at 0:11 — No Comments

Sacred Space.

I recently completed a lesson on the vow 22 course on the subject of Trikaya…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on November 30, 2016 at 12:05 — No Comments

Culture Shock.

 

Without meaning to sound too dramatic, it's been more tricky than I imagined coming back to England after having spent most of the year in France at Eleusis. …

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Added by Adam Dunsby on November 28, 2016 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Hope

This evening I watched the story of Damilola Taylor. He was the ten year old child that lost his life after being stabbed in London.



It was shocking to think of a child loosing his life this way. I hope that he has been reborn in Amidas pure land where he now resides.



The father of Damilola, Richard Taylor has started to work with disadvantaged youth, trying to show them how to live wholesome lives that are free from drugs violence and hatred.



This reminded me… Continue

Added by Andrew on November 22, 2016 at 0:43 — 1 Comment

A ceremony for Reverend Ananda in Hawai'i

It is with great joy that I can tell you that Reverend Shantikara and I (via the wonders of Skype) have just concluded a ceremony in Hawai'i,  whereby Ananda has confirmed his vocation and is now a Minister.
 
Wonderful to have been able to participate, to be introduced to this lovely sangha on the…
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Added by Sujatin Johnson on November 12, 2016 at 8:43 — No Comments

IT TAKES SPIRIT

The following is the text of a message I sent out within the Amida sangha earlier today...

This morning we awake to find out what the majority of Americans really think, just as we woke to the news of the vote of Brexit a little while ago. Realism is better than sweet illusion. The new American president-to-be won by realising that this was the case and that by expressing the fears and concerns of the people he would garner greater support than by repeating conventional…

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Added by David Brazier on November 9, 2016 at 19:38 — 2 Comments

STRANGER IN YOUR OWN LAND

The BBC have run a couple of articles recently about the problem of being a long term expat. I can identify with much of what is written - not feeling 'at home' anywhere; finding it better not to talk about one's past or where one has been as it is taken as pretentious or rouses envy; not being able to talk about things embedded in the culture of one's own country as one was not there; having picked up 'international' attitudes; having language and phraseology that is slightly out of kilter…

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Added by David Brazier on November 6, 2016 at 10:27 — No Comments

Company

Yesterday my daughter and granddaughter stayed at my flat until quite late. School holidays so they didn't have to get up early. They stayed over this evening and again I enjoyed the company.
Then I remembered how lonely I felt when I first came here to live alone nearly five months ago now.
It's odd how quickly one adapts to ones surroundings. I'm not sure if it's due to my faith or if that's how I have always been. Growing and changing and trying to adapt.

Added by Andrew on October 29, 2016 at 1:39 — 1 Comment

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COURSES PLANNED FOR KOREA THIS YEAR

Posted by David Brazier on February 8, 2017 at 11:55 1 Comment

These are the courses that I am planning to offer in Seoul, S. Korea this summer.

THREE FIVE DAY PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING WORKSHOPS WORKSHOP

7-11 August 2017 ~ Workshop 1

SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION

In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind,…

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Communication? Quelle communication?

Posted by Tamuly Annette on February 6, 2017 at 19:00 3 Comments

J'ai toujours pensé que la véritable communication  ne pouvait se faire qu'en face-à-face et que les communications virtuelles - si communes aujourd'hui sur les réseaux sociaux - ne sont que de déplorables pis-aller. Pourtant, à la réflexion, il me semble qu'il convient de corriger ce point de vue par trop simpliste. Certes, rien ne vaut la richesse d'une rencontre réelle où les paroles ne sont qu'un élément d'un ensemble où tout peut devenir signifiant. Les mots s'accompagnent de toute une…

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SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS

Posted by David Brazier on January 31, 2017 at 15:13 4 Comments

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