I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…Continue
I am about to do, or have already done, something wrong,
Which will cause me to be responsible for something terrible.
How can I prevent this from happening, or undo what is already done?
I even feel responsible for others' atrocities I don't even know.
There are accidents,
There are mistakes,
And there is deliberately doing wrong.
Why do I feel responsible for others'…Continue
As I walked up and down the Strand,
I glimpsed Saint Thomas White
On the other side of the street.
Shamefully, I glanced at him.
In shame, I looked away and walked on.
A second time I saw him,
And found my eyes drawn to him-
So pretty, so slight, so masculine.
He winked at me.
In shame I looked away
And walked on.
A third time I saw him.
My eyes moved to…Continue
I've sent this hymn to a person who has been fairly central in the recent storms in my life. It's something of an ending, I hope:
I do not blame you for being you;
I do not blame me for being me;
To Amida, we are both foolish beings,
But we can entrust ourselves to Him
And let him transform
Our foolish, vulnerable selves into Gold.
You carefully appreciate what you…Continue
Here is the hymn I wrote which helped me resign from a job which I have been struggling with for many years:
A culture of bullying is like a tree:
If bullying is in the trunk,
It spreads through every branch and twig,
Until we all become bullies or colluders.
Amitabha reaches out to rescue me;
I stretch out my arm, and take His hand.
He is the trunk of a different…Continue
Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 21, 2016 at 17:41 — No Comments
I came back from my retreat at Amida Mandala in Malvern, knowing that I would have to face my problems at work which are a mirror and continuation of problems I have faced since age five (and probably had karmic forbears as well). I am writing hymns which reflect this but I try to use the Nembutsu to turn the feelings around and come up with new responses, rather than old, counterproductive ones. Here's a hymn:
I have been…Continue