AMIDA SAMADHIINZICHT EN KALMTE
In de aanpak die nu bekend staat als Inzicht Meditatie, bestaat de praktijk uit twee fasen. De eerste is om de geest te kalmeren en de tweede is "het onderzoeken van de ware aard…DiscussionAMIDA SAMADHI1 LikeAMIDA SAMADHIINSIGHT AND CALM
In the approach known now as Insight Meditation, there are two phases to practise. The first is to calm the mind and the second is “looking into the true nature of things as they are…DiscussionAMIDA SAMADHI3 LikesPARAVRITTI (Part 6): The bodhisattva[ <- Part 5}
The bodhisattva, having turned back, lives life as a gift, not a trade, in mercy rather than justice.
We have seen how turning back from involvement in the conditioned life o…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (Part 6): The bodhisattva1 LikeSINCERITY IN PRACTICEShan Tao talks about The Three Minds - Sincere mind, Deep Mind and Mind that Transfers Merit for Ojo. Ojo means birth in the presence of Buddha. Because of the Christian association, one might flinc…DiscussionSINCERITY IN PRACTICE3 LikesEXTENDING THE GARDEN PATHToday I did some weeding and also extended the garden path as far as the buried wood mound.DiscussionEXTENDING THE GARDEN PATH1 LikeITZI Newsletter November 2019Please click on ITZI Newsletter November 2019 for the latest news.DiscussionITZI Newsletter November 20192 LikesPARAVRITTI (Part 5): SHAKYAMUNI[ <- Part 4]
In the life of Sidhartha Gotama who became Shakyamuni Buddha, there are two great turning points. Both are instances of paravritti, of turning back.
THE FIRST GOING FORTH
The first o…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (Part 5): SHAKYAMUNI2 LikesFridge HaikuWe had a little Haiku challenge on the fridge notice board at the Temple recently. Here are mine.
Black and golden sky.
Night conceals the clouds for now.
No trace of Summer.
If birth causes death…DiscussionFridge Haiku1 LikeBooks for SaleGroupBooks for Sale2 LikesTAO TE CHING 42: Yi WeiTEXT
Tao give rise to one, one gives rise to two, two gives rise to three, three gives ris…DiscussionTAO TE CHING 42: Yi Wei1 LikeZEN ISZen is “a special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded upon words and letters. pointing directly to the heart, seeing true nature, become buddha”
教外別傳 jiào wài bié zhuàn不立文字 bú lì wén…DiscussionZEN IS2 LikesPARAVRITTI (Part 3): REVULSION[<- Part 2]
The term paravritti often gets translated by something that sounds rather grand such as a turning around in the seat of consciousness. This kind of translation is not wrong and I have…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (Part 3): REVULSION3 LikesPARAVRITTI (deel 1): KEER TERUGNIET AFGLIJDEN NAAR ONHEIL...
Dit is de eerste van een reeks korte essays waarin ik zal ingaan op het begrip paravritti, dat een belangrijke rol speelt in veel boeddhistische teksten. Het woord benad…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (deel 1): KEER TERUG1 LikePARAVRITTI (part 1): TURN BACKDON'T DRIFT INTO DISASTER
This is the first of a series of short essays in which I shall comment on the term paravritti which plays an important role in many Buddhist texts. The word is very close in…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (part 1): TURN BACK2 LikesPARAVRITTI (Part 2): FAITH AND CONFIDENCE[<-Part 1]
Faith (shraddha) arises in the condition of dukkha, says Buddha in the Nidana Vagga in the Samyuta Nikaya. Dukkha is the circumstance of our being sensitive to living in a world of suff…DiscussionPARAVRITTI (Part 2): FAITH AND CONFIDENCE3 Likes
POINT MIND AND THREE LOKASSIX VIJÑANA MIND MODELOne of the ways to understand how conceptions of psychology have changed since the time of the Buddha is by looking at how the model of the mind has elaborated. In the earliest…DiscussionPOINT MIND AND THREE LOKAS3 LikesSOME DISTINCTIVE AMIDA SHU POINTS1. The correct attitude is to be willing to do whatever the Dharma requires, in whatever realm, in whatever aeon. Enlightenment means to see clearly what needs to be done. It is to walk the eightfold…DiscussionSOME DISTINCTIVE AMIDA SHU POINTS3 LikesHERE & THERE WITH SAIGYOHere is a poem by Saigyo (1118-1190), one of Japan's greatest poets, also reckoned a saint. He was an independent Buddhist practitioner who spent much time travelling or in retreat, often at Mount Ko…DiscussionHERE & THERE WITH SAIGYO3 LikesTHE SECULAR AND THE PSYCHOLOGICALI have just come back from the conference of Buddhist teachers in Europe. While I was there I heard much discussion about secularisation and how it is necessary to secularise the Dharma in order to m…DiscussionTHE SECULAR AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL6 LikesSagesse féline...
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.…
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…
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…
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…
“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