The Buddha is a light in our lives. Each must walk his own path, but that path is illumined by the light shed by the example of all the Buddhas. The merit which they bestow upon us brings courage and light-heartedness such that walking the path is in no way a burden, but rather the experience of the most complete joy and ease that can be found in this and all possible worlds.
Life is full of challenges and difficulties and there are innumerable books of wisdom that can come to our…Continue
I noticed the first leaves of Autumn had fallen on and around my tent on the last day of my retreat. It was, for me, the first sign of the end of Summer. A pretty hot Summer which had been very present in four of the five days that I spent chanting Nembutsu in the grounds of Elusis, France. The 38 degrees of heat seemed to deny the fact of the changing season and the golden leaves looked out of place.…Continue
Today I showed a potential new volunteer around the temple gardens. When I finished showing him all the work that needs doing he didn't run away screaming, but said: "I've always loved digging".…Continue
Towards the end of last week I had a call from BBC Hereford and Worcester our local public radio (which has about 111 000 listeners) - would I be available to speak for three or four minutes about the bombing of Nagasaki, as it was the 70th anniversary.
We had a chat about what kind of thing they would be interested in hearing, and it turns out they were interested in how we live in a world which has nuclear weapons in it today, as much as a reflection on…Continue
This is a recording of a talk I gave on Saturday evening, the first in our series of events called Saturday Night Dharma. The talk is around 45 mins long.
We're delighted that our next event will be a talk on Satruday 5th September, by Acharya Modgala.
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Recently at Amida Mandala I've committed to starting the day in the shrine room from Tues - Thurs (Mon is our sacred day off and Fri is our public morning service) - silent prostrations followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by 10 minutes of chanting - in the pattern that Jnanamati set up when he was…Continue
On Monday I will start a five day, continuous Nembutsu retreat at Elusis in France. It is the first time that I've tried this particular practice and am sort of wondering how it's going to be. I love saying the Nembutsu and usually incorporate some chanting into my meditation in the mornings and attend as many services as possible where it is recited almost constantly. After speaking to some other people who have done this before, it seems to be quite a serious business and I'm hoping to…Continue
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I have just completed running a five day course on Zen Therapy in Seoul, S Korea with a wonderful group of enthusiastic students. You can see the complete script of the course here
Namo Amida Bu.
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As a Human being my default setting is one of attachment. Attachment to things, attachment to pleasure, status, prestige and so on. My Buddhist learning and training awoke me to the depth and significance of this fundamental Human characteristic, which basically keeps me imprisoned within the complexities of Samsara. It is a pervasive principle that somehow affects every aspect of my existence and is directly related to the degree to which I experience discomfort and dis-ease. My…Continue
Here's a post from Paul (Reverend Ananda):
"Taking refuge is a lot like getting married. It is a commitment to a single tradition...." Continued here
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dear my friends Today my teaching class in Laxmi garden very nice class 2 new children English class lovly and sing very interesting and after Buddhist class chanting service with children,s parents and I told Jatak story liked talk to Ashoka life story I told Ashoka lots work in Buddhism daughter Sangh mitra Ans son Mahendra went Sri Lanka Buddha publish good teaching in Sri Lanka Ashoka is great samrat and eat food for me and after went Laxmi Boddh vihar there 4 people in temple and talk…Continue
I'm starting this morning contemplating my old addiction to Facebook and email - and wondering why it holds me so powerfully. There are so many bright pictures there, and so much gossip... it's the ideal place to distract myself, as I scroll down endlessly listening to people chatter - mostly about things that are…Continue
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Today I did my weekly visit to the hospice where I am a volunteer Chaplain. I had a meeting with my supervisor and we talked about how we are with the people we encounter in our lives, whether it be a friend or patient, who are we? what are we? what is our role in their lives and what is…Continue
Namo Amida Bu
I'd hoped to contribute more to the sangha...but I've been living busy everyday life and doing my best to nurture!
Nurture....my new garden - mature, took a lot of cutting back and looking forward to the blossoming of 70+ sunflowers.
Nurture....my 16 and 14 year old children. Brilliant and beautiful but not without their challenges.
Nurture....the 16/17/18 year olds I work with as a Career Adviser, some of whom face massive obstacles to moving on in…Continue
This is a film of the first panel at the Mangalam Convivium on Buddhism & Modernity
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