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enlightened or bombu?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert McCarthy May 7, 2012. 9 Replies

Zen is clear that we are essentially enlightened beings. Pureland insists that we are hopelessly deluded. Both seem to me to be true. On the one hand the mind with all it's contradictions,…Continue

What should we do about the evictions at Parliament square?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr Param Anand Feb 2, 2012. 1 Reply

I think it is time that socially engaged Buddhists did something to support the protesters in Parliament square.Perhaps we should go and bow. Perhaps we could do this individually but also maybe have…Continue

Is Bombu a view of self?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Myojo Radcliffe Apr 15, 2012. 14 Replies

On the one hand there is our conditioning or whatever one might call the irresistible personality traits which seem to cause so much trouble - on the other there is that eternal transcendent…Continue

Beliefs, not a good thing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Myojo Radcliffe Apr 13, 2012. 64 Replies

I have been a buddhist now for 20 years. I used to hold the standard buddhist beliefs. Karma, enlightenment, the path etc... I felt very clever compared to 'ordinary' people or even what I thought of…Continue

 

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Thomas Myojo Radcliffe posted a status
"Have been living in a caravan in the Jungle in Calais for the last 6 months. I and my brothers n' sisters are about to be evicted on Tuesday"
Feb 21, 2016
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Satyavani Robyn's discussion BUDDHAS EXIST - January 19th 2016 in the group Questions in the Sand
"When I first became interested in self inquiry all I was looking for was an enlightened teacher. I was lucky enough to find one and he was a Buddhist - so I became a Buddhist. It was always about enlightenment for me and I have always believed in…"
Feb 21, 2016
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Questions in the Sand

Dharmavidya answers questions about issues in psychology, spirituality, philosophy and personal life, copied from his La Ville au Roi site - http://eleusis.ning.com/group/questions-in-the-sand/. If you have any questions for Dharmavidya do email him to dharmavidya@fastmail.fm with the heading "Questions in the Sand".See More
Feb 21, 2016
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Yes. It seems to me that there is a natural interplay between duality and non duality, Bonbu and Buddha. We are not in control but when we are Bonbu we think we are!"
Jun 8, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Yes, all our discussion here since January which is about thinking is part of journey; any silly corners very much included. Perhaps it is as simple as if it feels like we are choosing, say giving someone food or eating it ourselves, then an action…"
Jun 8, 2013
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Trying to figure life out by thinking is exhausting. _()_"
Jun 7, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"abandoning self power is a bit of an oxymoron; yes we can only see if for what it is. Resolve, commitment, firm intention; aren't these words of self power and of consciousness of needing to act? Maybe they can also be used to describe a…"
Jun 7, 2013
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"As a very old friend of Bill I agree absolutely about dropping out of self power through exhaustion. It continues like that too. Have you checked out 'Beyond Recovery' by Fred Davis and 'The way of Powerlesness' by Wayne…"
Jun 7, 2013
Mat Osmond replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"That goes for me too Rob, Myojo. Thanks all. Time to post has been eluding me this week, but I look forward to continuing. This discussion has brought me back around to what first drew me so strongly to Shinran, in particular.  With…"
Jun 7, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"So good to share friendship, challenge and understandings; its wonderful!  "
Jun 5, 2013
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Yes Robert, I think it is all about seeing things as they are rather than trying to change anything. Action coming out of clear seeing is pure. What has to be seen through is our ego building. Rock star ego. Victim ego. Spiritual ego. All ego. The…"
Jun 5, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"and thanks Myojo,    and when I say bureaucratic responsibility of course I am doing exactly what I entered this discussion with; saying there should be no judging, no blaming. It is how we understand the darkness of self . This…"
Jun 5, 2013
Thomas Myojo Radcliffe replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Thank you Robert, I think we have no choice in our responsibility for what this mind and body do. Yes, when I have seen the pain i visit upon beings(myself included) through pride, selfishness, dishonesty, fear and the like it produces further…"
Jun 4, 2013
Satyavani Robyn replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
""No knowledge, a pile of faith and I don't even know what in." Laughing at this. Isn't it wonderful? Good to meet you Ant, don't think I've seen you here before. And don't think I've said an…"
Jun 4, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Sorry Myojo; I see when you say the games up, you talk of the self game; yes the games up! We may be blessed with consciousness of what need to be done... but also of what needs to be undone!"
Jun 4, 2013
Robert McCarthy replied to Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's discussion To awaken or not to awaken that is the question in the group Vow 22
"Hi Mat and Myojo, I missed these last three threads before I made my comment below. its certainly not self power powering me here. I travelled from Bangkok to London via Paris yesterday and wrote my last comment after just four hours sleep here in…"
Jun 4, 2013

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About Me:
I am interested in widening my interaction with other Buddhists. I am making great friends with Shin Buddhists in Japan and am very interested in how Zen and Shin might intermingle.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Soto Zen Priest
Occupation or Primary Activity
Teacher
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Running dojo, retreats, personal practice.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I remember David Brazier very well from when I worked at Watkins books. We held a very successful public talk there at the time of the publication of his book on the New Buddhism. I was more of a traditionalist then and inspite of liking David's ideas very much we didn't keep in touch. My views have changed over the years due principally to losing someone very close to me as a result of the war in Iraq. My Buddhism finally wants to engage.
How did you find this web site?
I looked for it
What country are you living in?
Mainly UK but also at a Shin Temple in Japan
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
London SE14
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay, Guide, Expertise
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
cooking, gardening, chanting, cleaning, listening to people, trying to see what never changes as opposed to what does, Zazen, seeing what i can do for people, learning Japanese.
I also work at an acting school.
I have also worked in mental health in the past and am an experienced martial artist.

Thomas Myojo Radcliffe's Blog

Zazen group south east london

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 23:40 3 Comments

Does anyone want to start a Zazen group in south east london? I live in New Cross Gate. I have been running Zen groups for years but would like to have one closer to home. 

Bowing in parliament square.

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 23:30 2 Comments

I don't know what to do about the evictions from Parliament square but I do know how to bow. I shall be bowing there from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. tomorrow. Join me if you wish.

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Urban retreat with Claude Anshin Thomas

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 22:14 1 Comment

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Myojo radcliffe. I am a Soto Zen priest living and working in London.

I am organizing a two day retreat in central london 23rd-24th July, led by Claude Anshin Thomas, author of At Hell's Gate - a record of his experience as a teenage soldier in Vietnam and his gradual emergence from hell to become a Buddhist priest.

Claude travels almost permanently talking, running retreats and campaigning for peace. He lives the life of a mendicant accepting…

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