June 2016 Blog Posts (8)

Dancing Round the Elephant

                                                          

This is a reflection on a one-day forum that I recently attended, on the theme of Spirituality and Ecology. It was hosted by the good people at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, April 22nd 2016. I have been a meandering sort of friend in the three years since I discovered Amida Buddhism here, and not very consistent. Nonetheless, it remains a real watershed in my life, that I'm very…

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Added by Mat Osmond on June 24, 2016 at 11:02 — 6 Comments

How the Cold War was (finally) Won/Lost

I expect that the following fictitious speculation will prove completely unfounded, but it is interesting to consider how impermanence can play out....

History Regarded from 2050

"Looking back on the early part of the 21st century, one can see that it was 2016 that was the turning point that has brought us to the position that we are in now at mid-century, when, rather as happened in the 20th century, everything that was taken for granted about the political order…

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Added by David Brazier on June 18, 2016 at 16:39 — 1 Comment

Yesterday

Yesterday the Labour MP Jo Cox was shot dead while campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union. A sad day. It is horrid to see politics degenerating into violence.

A friend passed on this message from a friend of hers...

"Nothing, recently , has shocked me more than yesterday’s senseless , horrible murder of Jo Cox , a young British MP , mother of two and only just 41 years old ...  Why ?  “ Morte pour l’Europe “ said the front page of our local newspaper .. but I’m am…

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Added by David Brazier on June 17, 2016 at 16:25 — 6 Comments

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

It all started with some password troubles... Wednesday some technical support wil arrive at Eleusis. Till then they will stay without the internet. 

Added by Elja Stoel on June 13, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Buddhist Response to Orlando

May all who are suffering be held in loving arms. “There is endless suffering. There is also endless compassion.” Buddhist response to Orlando 

 Namo Amida Bu

Added by Sujatin Johnson on June 13, 2016 at 18:25 — No Comments

STILL WITHOUT INTERNET

At the moment David and Adam are still without the internet. They bought a new modem but unfortunate this is not working either. I think that soon some help from Oasis (Annette and Patrick) will arrive. So for the moment no daily teachings...  

Added by Elja Stoel on June 12, 2016 at 12:14 — 1 Comment

STILL NO INTERNET

At the moment David and Adam are still without the internet. They bought a new modem but unfortunate this is not working either. I think that soon some help from Oasis (Annette and Patrick) will arrive. So for the moment no daily teachings...  

Added by Elja Stoel on June 12, 2016 at 12:14 — No Comments

SIXTEEN DAYS TO COUNT

Everyday it is going a bit better. I stroll around on my crutches. I am staying in the 'Bartholomeus Gasthuis' in Utrecht. This is quite a unique place, in many ways. It was the second place my insurance company offered. It was not hard to decide to go to this place. Almost exactly a year ago I was here for the first time, because I went to a special retreat-weekend, a weekend with... David Brazier... I met David for the first time, here in this 'guesthouse'. In recent years David has been…

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Added by Elja Stoel on June 7, 2016 at 22:25 — 2 Comments

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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 6 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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Zero Limits

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 0 Comments

 

 

 

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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