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Maitrisimha Kouwenhoven
  • 70, Male
  • The Hague
  • Netherlands
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Maitrisimha Kouwenhoven joined Sujatin's group
Oct 13, 2016
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Garden Shrine

"Oh, man this touches me somehow deeply. Don't know why. Want so much to visit you and feel you heart to heart. Am not very communicative, am aware of that. But being with you all the time in the love of brotherhood. Yours, Maitrisimha  "
Apr 27, 2015
Richard Ollier liked Maitrisimha Kouwenhoven's blog post Trial for a Buddhist icon
Nov 30, 2014
Sujatin commented on Maitrisimha Kouwenhoven's blog post Trial for a Buddhist icon
"Beautiful! _/l\_"
Nov 29, 2014
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Tried a Buddhist icon

Experimented with a picture Satya published some time ago. Traced it to get a line drawing as a base for an traditional Byzantine-like icon. Although the original drawing was colored with watercolour with a beautiful translucent appearance, I was curious how the three figures would appear in a icon-like decor and with much denser coloring.Here it is. As in most religious icons some theology is as it were packed in a symbolic imagery. I will write about that later. Hope you like it.Maitrsimha.…See More
Nov 29, 2014
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About Me:
Hello. Some years ago I lived in the Amida community for some time. Became a member of the Order of Amida Buddha and there I found my spiritual friends. Before that I was a management- and policy consultant, coach, counselor and trainer. I live in a housing-community. Painting, giving lectures and beginning a practice as coach/consultant again from a Buddhist inspiration and vision. My background is in Philosophy and Organization Development. My works gave me a more or less nomadic life: always on the move.
Faith Background & Affiliation
PureLand
Occupation or Primary Activity
Coach & consultant, or must I rather say artist?
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
From very early on I have been involved with Spirituality/Religion. It took almost a live to arrive in a Spiritual home. Or rather an 'Auberge,' half way the mountain, like Dharmavidya once called a Amida community. That means a place where (spiritual) seekers and travelers can find themselves at ease for a while. The encounter with Amida, as Sangha and as Dharma, touched me so deeply, that my life took a definitive turn: At last I am on my way Home!
What is your interest in Amida-shu
Lay member of the Order of Amida Buddha. I want in way to reconnect, and perhaps make new friends. And I would like and am nourished with wisdom and friendship. So Amida succeeded to awaken me time by time to the wonders of Ordinary Life and to my blunderings 'as they are.' I just need the inspiration to give me courage for walking with through the bureaucratic vicissitudes of a modest professional life.
How did you find this web site?
Works smoothly. It realy gives me the opportunity to reconnect.
What country are you living in?
The Netherlands
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
The Hague
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
Leicester, London (South)
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay, Guide, Expertise

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Tried a Buddhist icon

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 15:30 1 Comment

Experimented with a picture Satya published some time ago. Traced it to get a line drawing as a base for an traditional Byzantine-like icon. Although the original drawing was colored with watercolour with a beautiful translucent appearance, I was curious how the three figures would appear in a icon-like decor and with much denser coloring.

Here it is. As in most religious icons some theology is as it were packed in a symbolic imagery. I will write about that later. Hope you like…

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'Soundness,' portable effective practice.

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 1 Comment

I would like to ask your attention for what Ida (my ex) has produced. I would not recommend such a 'product' in my spiritual friends circle, were it not that I happen to know the producer very well and moreover I know her philosophy and spirituality. Very special!

 

Basically Ida offers a special guided meditation/sound practice. In contradistinction however with methods that use sound or music to 'deepen' one's meditation or brings one in a mellow mood, in this practice people…

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Light, sound and movement in Nembutsu

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 0 Comments

Recently I was reading in a book about Honen (one of the founding fathers of PureLand Buddhism) about his unique practice of singing, vocalising the Nembutsu. Before Honen there were practises in which one repeated the name of Amida and other Deities silently for oneself. This can be called: contemplative Nembutsu.

Honen succeeded in establishing a practice that one could call a shamanic one: circumambulating a Buddha statue and singing "Namo Amida Bu": I call upon Amida Buddha.…

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MY LOVING WISHES FOR ALL MY FRIENDS

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 13:18 6 Comments

Below this I want accompany my BEST WISHES for each of you by a photo of a little shrine I made in the woods near Amida France. It's under one of the majestic old oaks along the Medieval Road.

This Icon marks a definitive change in my life.

So I thought it appropriate to show you what I made.

I meant it a symbol of change, or rather a blessing for the passing by pilgrim. literary embodying my deepest wish for every traveller and…

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Adventures in painting

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 12:57 6 Comments

NEMBUTSU PAINTING

 

Just before my 65th birthday this painting was finished.

It’s an attempt to express the experience of continuous Nembutsu  in an abstract ‘western’ way.

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At 19:39 on December 3, 2011, Mike Talbot said…

Good to hear from Maitrisimha and to learn from Dharmavidya and Caroline about your current life circumstances.  It seems that the sun is shining for you!   Mike. 

At 14:11 on July 21, 2011, Katrien Sercu said…

Dag Maitrisimha!

Ik wil je expliciet bedanken voor je duidelijke woorden op de morgen voor Karin en ik vertrokken: 'kies je een man (daar ging het niet om!) en die trekt je uit dat gezeur (daar ging het om!)...ik kan inderdaad verdrinken in de wanhoop van de hooggevoeligheid, maar...dat wordt dan ook gezeik en gezeur! Je woorden  hielpen me, naast andere zaken, om daarmee te stoppen! Het is zo en ik moet de condities creëeren, waarin daar valt mee ge leven en...ik heb dat ook gedaan, door minder te gaan werken.

Ik hoop dat je geniet, nu Annetta weer bij jou is en ik wens jullie nog een fijne tijd toe. Mijn kinderen zijn al te groot om samen met mama op verlof te gaan, vandaar dat ik er niet ben in de familieweek. Enjiy it! Namo Amida Bu en een dikke knuffel voor jullie beiden. Katrien

At 12:56 on June 28, 2010, Satyavani Robyn said…
Hello Leo - I listened to your dharma talk this morning after Kaspa recommended it and was very moved by it - just wanted to say thank you. And I love your paintings - the one of the beach and birds is my favourite, that light is amazing! Good to 'meet' you, Fiona
At 13:57 on May 19, 2009, Gerald Beeck said…
Beste Leo,

ALvast een happy birthday to you. Wish you wisdom, compassion and love. Good Health we can always use that.
have a nice day.
Tot ziens,
Gerald
At 11:54 on March 27, 2009, Modgala Duguid said…
Hi Leo,
thanks, I'll phone you before I come to Brussels. I have a eurostar arriving 16.03 in Brussels on thurs 16 april and have a free night before going to Huy - near Namen/Namur by 6pm on the Friday, so we could have a 24 hour catch up. Much love
modgala
At 13:10 on March 17, 2009, Modgala Duguid said…
Hi Leo,It was lovely to see you at the order meeting.
I need to book tickets for Brussels. I can't find your phone number or eaddress could you email it to me. also is it OK to come for 15 and 16 April
Much love
modgala
At 21:32 on March 11, 2009, Sujatin said…
I was *so* pleased to see you at the weekend!
At 21:17 on March 11, 2009, Padmaghosa Tony Danford said…
Hi Leo
Looking forward to seeing your art posted on this site. Have you posted any already?
At 7:51 on January 13, 2009, Gerald Beeck said…
Hi Leo,
Yes in English is ok. It is nice to hear that you are so positive with the Benelux sangha idea. We can start sharing some ideas. Feb 7th I will be at the Belgium Sangha weekend retreat and start with the discussion overthere.
Gerald
At 16:29 on January 12, 2009, Gerald Beeck said…
Hoi Leo,
Volgens mij hebben we elkaar net gemist afgelopen zomer bij Amida France.
Hoop je nog eens te onmoeten. Kom je ook wel eens bij de Belgische Sangha?

Groetjes, Gerald
 
 
 

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