February 2016 Blog Posts (6)

BEGINNER'S MIND

Irritated

My breakfast is still going on when David starts to talk about the Summary of Faith and Practice .

I react a bit irritated because I want to eat my toast and suddenly I have to look for my notebook. I try to make as many notes as possible during David's Dharma talks, not only to…

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Added by Elja Stoel on February 24, 2016 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

TO DEATH ~ A meditation

I did this meditation at the peak of my medical emergency, the day before I was admitted to hospital
You are close
You are a friend
You are darkness…
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Added by David Brazier on February 16, 2016 at 11:53 — No Comments

PROUD FATHER

This is my artist daughter's web site... http://www.lizzydickie.com/

Added by David Brazier on February 15, 2016 at 17:40 — 2 Comments

FIRST NEMBUTSU

On 6 February, when I was still in hospital, a good friend in Spain sent me this lovely mail...

Yesterday I felt very worried and sad when I read the bad news, so today reading your own words and seeing your photo with your laptop and that healthy looking, made me feel a great relief and very happy for you. Besides, having your friends and family with you will be the best pill of all.



I usually go to my bedroom and sit there to do my meditation, As you know I…

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Added by David Brazier on February 13, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Well wishes

Dear Dharmavidya, how is your convalescence coming?I truly hope well. You're in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Namo Amida Bu, Steve

Added by Stephen greenberg on February 10, 2016 at 19:51 — 1 Comment

12 Steps and Pure Land

Our Pure Land Sangha in Meriden, CT.,U.S.A. Is having a Dharma discussion today based on Dharmavidya's essay in Running Tide on the first of the 12 Steps and Pure Land.

Added by Stephen greenberg on February 7, 2016 at 14:25 — No Comments

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



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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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

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

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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Grace.

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

“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

Sit

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

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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