May 2016 Blog Posts (11)

WHAT DID BUDDHA TEACH ABOUT OBEDIENCE?

A couple of days ago I found some traces of the history of the monastery I am currently staying in, and it is quite interesting! This monastery is build for the order of the Redemptorists.

Some history…

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Added by Elja Stoel on May 22, 2016 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

DILEMMAS ABOUT DOGEN OR DOGEN'S DILEMMAS

Dilemmas

Dogen Zenji is, perhaps, the most important figure in Zen in the history of Japan. I am working on a translation of Dogen's seminal text Genjo Koan. It is about enlightenment. It is written to a layperson. Later on Dogen writes other things that strongly suggest that it is virtually impossible for a lay person to be enlightened. Did Dogen change his mind? If so, why?

Dogen is known for being a dedicated advocate of zazen. It has the highest value in…

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Added by David Brazier on May 22, 2016 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

A dream of groundlessness

My arm stretched up into the cloud, masking my tenuous stronghold. I'm frozen in the moment of fear. What will happen if I let go? But my body takes over and I do and though I have the sensation of falling, I am also light-hearted with relief.

Added by Jan Wizinowich on May 21, 2016 at 20:59 — No Comments

Dewdrops glisten in the morning sun

Saturday 21st May

The dewdrop bejewels the grass in the dazzling early morning sunshine, bringing forth the promise of a sunny day ahead.

Yesterday we were again at Oasis for the weekly service. In his dharma talk Dharmavidya gave a new perspective on the classic teaching of sila, samadhi, prajna sometimes referred to as the “three higher trainings of Mahayana” and traditionally regarded as being a sequential teaching, a teaching that can be mapped onto marga…

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Added by Jnanamati on May 21, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

FIRE AND WATER ON THE DHARMA PATH

Yesterday during breakfast I had a bit of a difficult conversation with Els about religion. In her younger years she had a strong belief in God, but along the way she lost it. One of her questions is “How is it possible that there is a God when there is so much suffering in the world?” All these questions are rising within her, because she wants to come to the autumn retreat at Eleusis. I know why she…

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Added by Elja Stoel on May 15, 2016 at 23:00 — 3 Comments

LEARNING FROM ICELAND

There is a nice little report here worth reflecting on

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160509-the-truth-about-icelandic-happiness

Added by David Brazier on May 11, 2016 at 22:28 — 1 Comment

CHARLENE INTERVIEWING ME

Charlene interviewed me for her network. You can listen to the interview here.

Added by David Brazier on May 9, 2016 at 15:16 — No Comments

Bombing Karma

Apparently, the USA dropped 23,144 bombs in Middle Eastern countries in 2015 - not an exceptional number, even - what is the karma of this?

Added by David Brazier on May 7, 2016 at 12:11 — No Comments

A bit more of the car

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Added by David Brazier on May 5, 2016 at 21:17 — No Comments

Natural Flow

http://www.jeanneripley.wordpress.com

When we know, we speak less and walk into the

glowing, green space of love, the glimmering

reality of this moment. No fear. We are always

directed and safe as long as we are awake. In the here

we feel every breath, hear the intent in every word.

Let's forego analyzing for being, for giving back

without measuring and…

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Added by Jeanne Ripley on May 5, 2016 at 16:29 — 1 Comment

Hymn of Conciliation

I've sent this hymn to a person who has been fairly central in the recent storms in my life. It's something of an ending, I hope:

Foolish Beings

I do not blame you for being you;

I do not blame me for being me;

To Amida, we are both foolish beings,

But we can entrust ourselves to Him

And let him transform

Our foolish, vulnerable selves into Gold.

You carefully appreciate what you…

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Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on May 4, 2016 at 18:36 — 2 Comments

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Sagesse féline...

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

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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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

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