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 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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GROUP

Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 3 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

Now,…

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