"I am finding these exchanges very rewarding. Thank you. what hass happened to me is that I had absolute faith in path, teacher, Buddha etc. Nothing provisional about it. That has collapsed - not through any fault on the part of the teacher, path…"
"Thanks Dharmavydia, and all above, for the recent posts. This last post sums up very well what drew me (in Amida Shu's teaching, and others') to nembutsu, and what sustains my sense of gratitude for it.
Thomas, your last few posts have…"
"Thank you David,
I do not mean to suggest that there is any deliberate attempt at elimination. It is seen that the reliance on either self or other power diminishes. Something else takes it's place gradually.
"One of the problems is that when one talks about the ultimate or absolute whatever one says fails. To say, "The Truth is in the silence before the words" for instance, might well be true but if one really really believed it would one say…"
"Thank you very much Robert,
I think your points are very profound and correct. Zazen is a way of eliminating self power or other power by noticing every time it arises in practice. The repeated attempts to free oneself from bondage end in surrender.…"
"we cant stop with the second noble truth, no matter how convenient it is to have an excuse for our weaknesses.
the third noble truth teaches us that Nirvana (the cessation of suffering), is possible right here and right now and the fourth noble…"
"My faith feels more about being supported by some mystery, maybe another word for that is my enlightenment Thomas, words are a constant problem and blessing. I have through most of my life dislked the word enlightenment and the…"
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa where I work as a psychologist. I enjoy hearing about the thoughts and experiences of other Buddhists . I dont really belong to any group or sect, but attend them from time to time. I am more oriented towards thought than action.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Occupation or Primary Activity
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
through my work,my books and my meditation. I am wary of organized religion and (like the Buddha) reject hierarchies, seeing all beings as equal.
What is your interest in Amida Trust
curiosity and identification
How did you find this web site?
surfing the net
What country are you living in?
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
Have you visited
None of these
What can you offer to other members of this network?
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
psychology, theosophy, Buddhism, reading, walking in nature, meditating.
Hi there thanks so much for responding, I am not sure my background is about an external God, I think you are right thse two faiths are not mutually exclusive. I feel my own rich culture, family history, complex politics of Israel, literature, is an identity in my heart which I have an ongoing dialogue with and a not necessarily easy one at that. So taking on more questions and committment to an other way of being in the world feels like a major step, can I hold this lightly or get bogged down and conflicted, I want to flow into this I suppose? Anyway thanks for responding Di and its helpful to know people understand Annx
I hope this finds you happy and well
Thank you for the insight to your methods of practice.
I also practice from a Buddhist perspective as a psychologist in
the U.S.A.and it is always great to hear from others both in and out of the
I find that my Buddhist meditations help me keep myself from relying too much on the theories and metaphors I learned in my university studies.
I am much more able to be centered in the moment for being with the
people I see.
Thank you again for your comments.
Please be well and peace to you.
Hello, Doc ! Nice to notice you on Amida net work. I think you are very close to Buddhistic Philosophy, better to study it deeply, then you will be able to feel it by heart. ~~~ With Metta ~~~ Dr. Arbind
Nice to meet you on line . . . . - your interest in Spirituality sounds similar to mine - no sect / religion - you might be interested to hear /see the satsang messages of Shri Maharaj Ji and family in English at www.greatsatsang.org
Hello, Diane, nice to meet you. I hope you make a lot of good friends here in the Amida network. This Ning thing is just getting going for us, but it looks as though it can be a lot of fun. We are currently in the middle of the Fifth Living Buddhism Conference here in UK and various new discussion groups are coming into being on Ning as a reflection of the discussions going on at the conference - do check them out and get involved as suits you. We do have one South African delegate here at the conference and I hope she will join this network in due course. Being here at the conference not everybody has immediate access to their computers! Warm wishes - Namo Buddhaya.
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