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TALMUDIC DHARMA: Four in the Orchard

This morning as we had a delicious drawn out breakfast here in Petach Tikwa near Tal Aviv, a massive thunder storm developed lashing the building with wind and rain.  Vimala shared with us a story from the Talmud that has provoked many different inte

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NEMBUTSU VERSES: Food for the heart

Feelings 

changeable as the weather.

Namo Amida Bu -

the silver lining

in every cloud.

Working and resting,

like a turning wheel.

Namo Amida Bu,

the hub,

is always reliable.

Life is long

Life is short

Namo Amida Bu.

The Dharma

is indestructible.

G

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THE LOGIC OF SEX AND ITS PITFALLS

WHAT IS IT FOR?

For simplicity, we could say that sex functions at three levels.  The primary function of sex is reproduction.  Here the motive for courting and then having sex is to beget a baby.  If that were all there were to it, then presumably h

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MY MOTHER IRENE

My mother, Irene Brazier (1922-2004), was a lover of gardens. In her life she made many and admired many more. She believed in the harmony that arises when people work in co-operation with natural forces. She was a practical woman. Work was important

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COUNSELLING AND BUDDHISM

This is a piece I wrote in August 2012

Somebody showed me a piece of writing about how counselling and Buddhism relate to one another that suggests that counselling is only really appropriate for people who have not yet discovered the true Dharma pat

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BUDDHISM AND ANIMALS

Based on a talk given at Quaker Concern for Animals, May 2005

by David Brazier (aka Dharmavidya)

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THREE LEVELS

Buddhism offers a religious vision at three levels. At the ultim

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ECO DHARMA EVENT

Reprinted from the Network of Buddhist Organisations circulation:

Dear friends. This is just to let you know about an event planned for February; a day of workshops, dialogue and talks exploring the Buddhist response to climate emergency. Please use

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POST-MAPPO REDISCOVER INNOCENCE


In my Dharma talk today I suggested that we are now in the fourth age of the Dharma. In the first age of the Dharma Buddha Shakyamuni was still in this world or had recently passed away and people became enlightened by direct encounter with him or wi

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CONCEIT

“I’m better than these people” “I’ll never be as good as these people” “They’re all cleverer than me” “I must let everybody know that I know important people” “I’ll include in my little speech all the important books and concepts I have read so that

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AMIDA SAMADHI

INSIGHT 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”. In other words, calm is a basis for the developm

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SINCERITY IN PRACTICE

Shan 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 flinch from the idea of being a “born again Buddhist”, b

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