David Brazier's Blog – August 2016 Archive (4)

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

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…

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Added by David Brazier on August 7, 2016 at 22:01 — 2 Comments

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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.

The scene opens in the republic of Kapilavastu, depicted as a green and pleasant land, with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop. (I was…

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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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