November 2016 Blog Posts (6)

Sacred Space.

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

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Added by Dayamay 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 Dayamay 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

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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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