This group is initially intended to support the eventCHANGED WORLD ~ GLOBAL SANGHA8-13 December 2020bringing together nembutsu practitioners from around the planet to practice together and share how global sangha can answer the pressing problems of our world as well as joining us in the much larger Buddhist vision that encompasses innumerable worlds and the whole of space-time.See More
"What a lovely interpretation of the Heart Sutra! But so difficult to realize!
We so easily swift to our ego-constructions, to our own pains and worries and have so much difficulties so face what is happening in the other.
I see that I always…"
I'd like to begin with one or two reflections on the political situation that we’re in at this stage of the unfolding of the pandemic. Right now the big news is, is it possible for society to “open up,” as they call it - the economy to open up - and how and when can that happen? In a lot of the discussion, most of the focus of the discussion, is really on the question of “when.” And this is quite understandable. It has to do with “when it will be safe?” given the prevalence of the virus in our…See More
We are all living under lockdown and sharing stories about what it’s like. I’m here in France where the lockdown is pretty strict. When it was first announced, we were told that we should make no journeys that are not absolutely essential. So about the only shops that are open are supermarkets, pharmacies, that’s about it. And you're expected to go to the nearest one, not travel further than you absolutely have to. So around that time I went to the supermarket and I spent about three times as…See More
We can all see that the coronavirus crisis is entering a new phase. We’ve arrived at a position where the great majority of countries in the world have accepted that a lockdown was necessary, some places more strict than others. Some places were quicker off the mark than others. There’s a lot of controversy around whether it was done in time, whether it wasn't done in time. But there's a general consensus around the planet that some sort of lockdown was needed and that's happened in a great…See More
I hope this isn’t too technical, or abstruse, or complex. I'd like to try and explain here why my understanding of the Heart Sutra is somewhat different to the way that you'll find it in most presentations in books or on the internet, and so on. I want to particularly concentrate on a passage in the center of this very short sutra which reads in Japanese:Ze ko ku chu. Mu shiki mu ju so gyo shiki. Mu gen ni bi zets shin ni. Mu shiki sho ko mi soku ho.Now mu, which occurs a lot - you just heard…See More
In this podcast I want to explain for you the meaning of the Heart Sutra. If you have studied Buddhism I'm sure you've come across the Heart Sutra. I’m sure you've heard a lot about form and emptiness, and about prajna paramita, the ultimate wisdom. Now what does it all mean?The Heart Sutra is a very short text explaining the prajna paramita. It all sounds very abstruse. The key phrase in the heart sutra is shiki fu i kuu, usually translated as “form is not separate from emptiness.”Shiki fu i…See More
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