In a previous talk I talked about how our lives are dominated by rupas, by powerful objects, powerful appearances; and a rupa that has come in all ours lives and become very powerful for all of us just recently is the corona virus. The image of the v
This is podcast #108. It will therefore be the last in this series of podcasts, 108 being a very auspicious number in the Buddhist system. There was a previous podcast about the significance of this number (Podcast #76). If this is the last podcast,
We've reached that stage in the corona virus crisis where the lockdown is gradually being eased. Travel is once more, bit by bit, being liberalized. Barriers are being taken up so that people can cross and meet their loved ones.
In a previous podcast I talked about the meaning of the word Nyorai, meaning Tathāgata. Now I'd like to talk about how the word Nyorai appears in the ten syllable nembutsu. In other podcasts I've talked about the nembutsu and in particular about the
The first step in becoming a Buddhist is to take refuge. At least to take refuge in the Buddha and the Dharma. Usually people take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, these are calledThe Three Jewels.Sometimes, additionally they take refuge,in so
In the Lotus Sutra there is the idea of the apparitional city. This is in chapter 7 of the sutra. The chapter provides a parable of going on a journey. People set out on the journey, but they’re soon complaining that they’re tired and frightened and
My grandmother commited suicide. Mother always felt very guilty. I think that she thought that she had not done enough for her mother to make her mother want to stay in this world. However, I think my mother was mistaken in feeling this way. I think
In recent podcasts I've talked about the vows made by Dharmakara bodhisattva, and also about chanting, song and the spirit of rapture in Buddhism.These two themes come together in the 44thVow made by Dharmakara, where he says:
Buddhism in the modern world has stimulated a huge amount of academic scholarship and there are innumerable books. So many things one can study! And then, on the other hand, there is the idea of Buddhism as a way of life, and I have to say often a ra
British politics is currently consumed by a story about a top government advisor who appears, during the period of lockdown, to have broken the government’s own guidelines; and at the time of making this podcast, has neither resigned nor apologized.
The Larger Pureland Sutra is mostly made up of a conversation between the Buddha and his assistant Ananda. In it the Buddha tells the story of how long, long ago a bodhisattva called Dharmakara appeared, inspired by the teachings given by the Buddha
True friendship is a pivotal element in the spiritual life. Spiritual practice is not something that is solitary in essence. It’s about how we relate to others in general but also how we relate to a very small number of people in particular in an int