August 2016 Blog Posts (5)

BUDDHISM & CREATIVE WRITING - Part One

You can find my article on Buddhism and Creative Writing published in Buddhist Door magazine here.

Added by David Brazier on August 30, 2016 at 9:44 — No Comments

Lonely or self indulgence

I spentLast week on Holliday with my daughter and granddaughter. We lived together until recently and I have missed them, so a week away with them was lovely.

On the first day I spent an hour alone walking up the beach reflecting on impermanence and tried to make some sence of the loneliness I have been feeling over the past couple of months.

On my third day there I went into the sea with my granddaughter, she floated on her inflatable toy and we talked about lots of things.

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Added by Andrew on August 28, 2016 at 9:40 — 3 Comments

DOGEN & OTHER POWER

Here is an article I find interesting and helpful bridging Zen and Pureland.

http://www.ancientdragon.org/dharma/articles/dogens_zazen_as_other_power_practice

Added by David Brazier on August 12, 2016 at 20:58 — No Comments

SMALL DEGREES

Things happen by small degrees. We set out to do some improvements in the big barn. To do that we had to empty the space. To empty the space we had to build a shed in which to put things - two sheds, in fact. To build sheds is quite a big job, but before you can get started on it you need to lay a base of paving. Before you can lay the paving you have to clear the ground - also quite heavy work. In the meantime the grass is growing, paths in the forest need to be kept open, and a rash of…

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Added by David Brazier on August 11, 2016 at 21:52 — No Comments

MINDFUL AMERICA

Mindful%20America.pdf

This article was sent to me by a friend. It is quite long but definitely interesting and raises many important questions about the ultimate agenda of the mindfulness movement and the values that are inherent in it, suggesting that the leaders of the movement have ambitions to spread a value system that goes far beyond the basic definition of modern…

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Added by David Brazier on August 7, 2016 at 22:01 — 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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