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Wendy Haylett
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  • Fairport, NY
  • United States
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Wendy Haylett's Discussions

Sayings of Honen Shonin Broadcast

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susthama Dec 29, 2008. 1 Reply


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Wendy Haylett joined Jnañamati's group

Anshin Retreat Talks 2016

Talks given by Dharmavidya at his home in France, La Ville au Roi (aka Eleusis) during this years Anshin retreat. See More
Jul 10, 2016
Wendy Haylett replied to Sujatin's discussion Finding Balance ~ Sujatin in the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya
"So adorable! Our pets (and especially puppies) are such a help to keep us grounded in everyday life, which is where enlightenment is, right? This reminds me of last week when I was upset about the political situation in our country, I was instant…"
Jul 10, 2016
Wendy Haylett commented on Andrew's blog post Politics and gratitude
"Thank you for this honest assessment. I particularly loved this, especially in light of the current tempestuous American election cycle. The ego is sneaky. Even for those of us voters ... we're quick to judge politicians who become jaded…"
Jul 10, 2016
Wendy Haylett replied to Satyavani Robyn's discussion New recordings of entire Nien Fo Book in the group Liturgy
"Thank you so much for doing this! I am just taking a look at everything in this group, so we can practice at home. _/|\_"
May 7, 2016
Wendy Haylett joined Sumaya's group


Videos of services held at Amida
May 7, 2016
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Buddhism Practice

Discussions and questions about Buddhist practice - what do Buddhists do?See More
Apr 25, 2016
Wendy Haylett joined Dharmavidya's group

Critical Buddhism

This is a group for discussing the ideas and questions raised by the Critical Buddhist movement.
Apr 25, 2016
Wendy Haylett joined Kaspalita's group

Engaged Buddhism

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Apr 25, 2016

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About Me:
I am 59, passionate about Buddhism in particular, and the spiritual - sacred impulse in general. I write resumes and other marketing for a living. I live with my life partner of 32 years and 2 dogs that own us. I honor and live a simple life.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Occupation or Primary Activity
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
An inducted Lay Minister with the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism, facilitated by Rev. Koyo Kubose. Inducted May 2009. Served as President of the Bright Dawn Trailblazers (Lay Ministry advisory and planning committee) from 2012-2013.

Past member, Buddhism Basics teacher, occasional Dharma Talk presenter, and friend of the White Lotus Society in Rochester, New York.

Early association as an American Classics Institute student, studying in a Geshe-studies program in the Gelupga Tibetan tradition.

I currently identify as a Jodo Shinshu "practitioner" using the word practice loosely, since I believe it is Amida doing any practice through me.

Strongly committed to lay based spirituality, practice, and community ... with a strong interest in more active involvement as a spiritual friend and mentor (sometimes referred to as Spiritual Director).
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I have always been drawn to the works of David Brazier / Dharmavidya and Caroline Brazier, starting with finding The Feeling Buddha for the first time.

I am particularly interested in the blend of psychology and Dharma, especially using it to help others as a spiritual friend.

I have enrolled in the Vow 22 program and am excited to begin.
How did you find this web site?
Through Dharmavidya
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.
Rochester, New York
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
Writing, Blogging, Poetry, Music. I love music of all types and play (amateur) keyboards, accordion, and mandolin for relaxation.
Do you have a website:

Blog and Twitter

Wendy Haylett's Blog

Michael Shinyo's Mom

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 14:35 3 Comments

Michael Shinyo's mom had a stroke and she is not doing very well. Unresponsive except for some movement on her right side. Michael is with her now.
Please keep Michael Shinyo, his mom, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. His mom's name is Glenda Johnson. If you do prayer practices, I'm…

Mental Shrines

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 19:00 9 Comments

One of my Dharma friends and teachers said in a Dharma talk, “we create mental shrines to our defilements.”

I recently created something resembling the size and grandeur of the Taj Mahal, dedicated to my own judgment. While building it, I thought I was glorifying compassion, oneness, and the peace that comes with resting in suchness—in contrast to a “friend’s” judgment, idiot compassion, and divisiveness. But it was, in fact, my mind doing the construction and, as Rev. Gyomay Kubose… Continue

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At 13:35 on April 17, 2011, Konchog Upasaka said…
I am very pleased to add you to the circle of wonderful person found here. Thank you
At 16:07 on September 29, 2010, Prajnatara said…
Hi Wendy,

I want to let you know that Dharmavidya will be in London Ontario Oct 28-Nov. 7, 2010. Please go to for details or feel free to contact me. I do hope you will consider joining us! namo amida bu,
At 16:05 on January 11, 2010, Sujatin said…
Wishing you a very happy birthday and a wonderful year
At 2:35 on January 11, 2010, SaYo said…
Happy Birthday my Bright Dawn friend!! May you have many more!!!
Oneness, Sayo
At 6:52 on May 5, 2009, sigrid said…
Dear Wendy,
thank you for responding to me. I hope you did not think me rude for not responding back immediately. My computer went on the fritz right after I connected to Dharmavidya's social network...
But I am finally back and am slowly catching up. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect to seeking minds and hearts across our planet.

Namo Amida Bu. sigrid
At 0:08 on April 14, 2009, sigrid said…
Hi, Wendy, surprise, surprise. I joined this string of people and then my computer was overtaken by a virus so it's at the doctor's right now. Don't know when it will be fixed. I am not religious in the sense of following a religion or prescribed rituals. But I have been connected all my life, studied much, practiced much, and today I'm simply learning with a higher perspective in mind.
I appreciate exchanges with a more enlightened perspective of why were are here and what we are doing about it.
Bottom line: I teach high school at a time when my country (U.S.A.) is paying the price of raising dishonest and confused generations.

Will keep in touch when I get my computer back.

Aloha, sigrid
At 17:10 on February 2, 2009, Jason Ranek said…
Hello, Wendy.

Thanks for the comments. Nice to meet you. I'd love to be able to play all the instruments that you do. I used to be able to hold my own on an alto sax, but that was a long time ago!

How's the winter in New York this year?
At 21:09 on January 15, 2009, Fiona Edwards said…
Dear Wendy,
Upon my return from London, it is my intention to start a weekly Sangha..I wondered, as you had already travelled this path...Would you be will to share some of your experiances and impressions. I write as a British immigrant to the Bahamas. I have lived in Nassau for almost eleven years and have become very accepted within this community. This Wendy, is a very unusual country...not so much a country, more a community of 'the related'. Our entire population is only 330,000 folks!. In the ten + years I have lived here I see much needed changes...not in fact, but at least we are now considering...change!. Wendy, there has never been group of people who need the reality of engaged Dharma practice more. As I always say; "The pirates of the Bahamas...have never left!, they just all live on land now. And the worst of them wear authority in this country". Corruption is the norm. here.
I see a lot of people opening up now, one of the greatest challenges to (virtuous) transformation is the pervasive institution of fudamentalist Christianity. This tradition manifests within the 78% (black) majority population as a very controlling influence...imbued with a great deal of superstition (similar to obea/vodoo). I realise that this journey will not be easy, I also think that an exposure to international influences will assist in 'opening hearts and minds'. Wendy, what moves me to attempt the (seemingly) the terrible consequenses on these people and thier little children. To offer a Dharma door...for those that are willing to 'try' is so necessary. Prajna paramita Fiona
At 4:31 on December 13, 2008, Jiyo Agacki said…
So many Bright Dawns -
Ah, so few ... but each unique!
I'll not see them all ...

Just that one Bright Dawn
Was enough to awaken
All of existence.
At 3:55 on November 23, 2008, Lisa McCann said…
I would like that. It's so nice to hear from others on the path, and especially good to have this on-line fellowship with new people!


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