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COOL NOT COLD

THE GOAL Most people have little or no idea about the goal of Buddhism. When I realised this, I published the book “Not Everything is Imper…

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HOMILY TO THE DRAGONS: REFUGE

Dragons also take refuge in Amida Buddha. The dragons are proud of their role as defenders of the Dharma. They roar around on their motorbi…

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HOMILY TO THE DRAGONS: KINDNESS

This morning my homily to the dragons was on kindness. After all, dragons must learn kindness too and they have their special contribution…

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0 Sep 14

THE TRUTH ABOUT CRAVING

Much of what I have learnt as Buddhism over the years appears to be topsy-turvy. Although there is a well established idea of what Buddhis…

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1 Sep 9
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SHUNYATA AS ALONENESS

EMPTINESS Buddhism talks a good deal about shunyata, emptiness. What is this emptiness? The earliest Buddhist texts provide a psychology of…

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0 Aug 27

ON NOT BEING IN CONTROL

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY On the one hand, Buddhism is a broad church or umbrella under which many diverse ideas and methods can cluster. Current…

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2 Aug 18
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AGAINST RACISM

Buddha came from a “yellow” race, Jesus and Mahommet from a “brown” one. Nobody who claims to follow in the footsteps of these great teache…

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0 Aug 14

DHYANA: WHAT IS REAL MEDITATION?

SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT MEDITATIONWe should ask ourselves, what is meditation, really? Meditation is surely not sitting still and silent…

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0 Aug 9

HOW TO CHOOSE A TEACHER

I am often asked how one can select a good teacher. How is one to know if somebody is genuine or not? This seems to be a big worry for some…

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0 Jul 28

ANJIN MAKES THE PATH EASIER

In Buddhism there is a theory of conditioning. All conditioned things are impermanent. Buddhism is a religion that is about transcending im…

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0 Jul 27

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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

Sit

Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…

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