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THERE IS NO ONE

In Principles Against Common Fallacies I wrote...

6. Nothing is indivisibly singular.

This is an interesting philosophical issue to consider. There are philosophies centres on the notion of zero - that all is 'emptiness' and there are philosophies centred on the notion of 'oneness'. These two 'numbers', one and zero are oddities. They are almost as odd as…

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Added by David Brazier on September 12, 2016 at 14:32 — 5 Comments

On Not Knowing What We Know

Thinking

Here is an interesting quote: "Philosophy, like speaking prose, is something we have to do all our lives, well or badly, whether we notice it or not.  What usually forces us to notice it is conflict." - Mary Midgeley.

Philosophy can be taken in two ways - as ideas or as method. I'm sure we all use both without, for the most part, giving it much thought. We do not know what we know. We all take a huge range of ideas for granted and only think about them…

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Added by David Brazier on September 7, 2016 at 12:18 — 1 Comment

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

CURRENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE

With some variations our current pattern is as follows. there is a snack lunch and at 6.30 or 7pm an evening meal and...

Monday: 8.30 Breakfast with Dharma class. Snack lunch. Work period.

Tuesday: 8.30 Morning service with short Dharma talk followed by breakfast and, sometimes, Dharma class. Then work/other activities.

Wednesday: 8.30 Breakfast. Shopping - often Sancoins market.

Thursday: Rest…

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Added by David Brazier on July 16, 2016 at 22:00 — No 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

DILEMMAS ABOUT DOGEN OR DOGEN'S DILEMMAS

Dilemmas

Dogen Zenji is, perhaps, the most important figure in Zen in the history of Japan. I am working on a translation of Dogen's seminal text Genjo Koan. It is about enlightenment. It is written to a layperson. Later on Dogen writes other things that strongly suggest that it is virtually impossible for a lay person to be enlightened. Did Dogen change his mind? If so, why?

Dogen is known for being a dedicated advocate of zazen. It has the highest value in…

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Added by David Brazier on May 22, 2016 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

LEARNING FROM ICELAND

There is a nice little report here worth reflecting on

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160509-the-truth-about-icelandic-happiness

Added by David Brazier on May 11, 2016 at 22:28 — 1 Comment

CHARLENE INTERVIEWING ME

Charlene interviewed me for her network. You can listen to the interview here.

Added by David Brazier on May 9, 2016 at 15:16 — No Comments

Bombing Karma

Apparently, the USA dropped 23,144 bombs in Middle Eastern countries in 2015 - not an exceptional number, even - what is the karma of this?

Added by David Brazier on May 7, 2016 at 12:11 — No Comments

A bit more of the car

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Added by David Brazier on May 5, 2016 at 21:17 — No Comments

Braziers to Celebrate Queen's Ninetieth Birthday

The BBC site has the following (my emphasis)

In the evening the Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as she lights the first of more than 900 beacons across the UK and the world to mark her birthday.

Members of the Army cadet force will take beacons to the top of the highest peaks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Some of the beacons will be specially-built gas-fuelled structures, while…

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Added by David Brazier on April 21, 2016 at 11:26 — 2 Comments

Amitarya Community?

Here at La Ville au Roi recently we have been a group of three or four all of whom are amitaryas in the Amida sangha or people interested in pursuing this possibility. This raises the question whether we can, in fact, develop a training programme here as one of the dimensions of what we do, so that the sense of this being a place where one can pursue and develop a vocation in the bodhisattva spirit could become a recognised element of the life here. In practice, this is already the case, but…

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Added by David Brazier on April 20, 2016 at 16:21 — No Comments

Pondering about Politics

Reading the news these days one cannot be unaware of the American election. On the one hand it is quite entertaining with several larger than life characters. On the other hand, I have a sense that something of a tragedy is also unfolding as neither of the two political parties seems that happy in itself. This is especially true of the Republicans who seem to be tearing themselves apart. Beyond all the rhetoric and histrionics, one tries to discern deeper trends. Is it really America itself…

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Added by David Brazier on April 14, 2016 at 12:28 — No Comments

TO DEATH ~ A meditation

I did this meditation at the peak of my medical emergency, the day before I was admitted to hospital
You are close
You are a friend
You are darkness…
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Added by David Brazier on February 16, 2016 at 11:53 — No Comments

PROUD FATHER

This is my artist daughter's web site... http://www.lizzydickie.com/

Added by David Brazier on February 15, 2016 at 17:40 — 2 Comments

FIRST NEMBUTSU

On 6 February, when I was still in hospital, a good friend in Spain sent me this lovely mail...

Yesterday I felt very worried and sad when I read the bad news, so today reading your own words and seeing your photo with your laptop and that healthy looking, made me feel a great relief and very happy for you. Besides, having your friends and family with you will be the best pill of all.



I usually go to my bedroom and sit there to do my meditation, As you know I…

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Added by David Brazier on February 13, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

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Sagesse féline...

Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…

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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

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