On a recent Thursday, the non-profit that I run received a call from an older woman who needed help. She said she was living in a house without power or water, which is not that uncommon where we live. Like many others, she did not have a car. Most distressing, she said she did not have any food. I believe her exact answer, when I asked her if she had any food was, “I have a can of beans.”
There was more to her story and I spent quite a bit of time listening to all the twists and…Continue
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This is from my writing blog - but I think the lessons apply more generally to life, as well
Deeply accepting yourself leads to relaxation, and better writing
A few days ago I helped my brother move house.
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As a retired secondary school teacher with nearly forty years of experience under my belt, I found myself yesterday (on the second hottest day of the year so far) back in the classroom again. I visited a wonderful secondary school not far from Worcester to join colleagues from other faith traditions in a 'Diversity Day' for 13/14 year olds. The idea, of course, was not to 'convert' but to inform and educate the young people about the incredible richness and variety of spiritual life in the…Continue
We're just back from the Buddhafield Festival in Taunton run by Triratna. We ran a couple of workshops and held three listening circles as a part of the Dharma Parlour (where all the best stuff happened).
This is our fourth year and we deepened our friendships with Dharma practitioners from other traditions (like the Triratna teacher Dhivan in the shiny hat and the Tibetan monk Tenzin Shenyen, pictured) and met lots of new people. It feels really good to work…Continue
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On Saturday I performed a blessing for my friend's unborn born baby. Although it is her second child, she is very anxious about the birth and one of her friend's suggested she should have a 'motherhood blessing.' This turned out to be just a party, but I volunteer to give a Buddhist blessing.
Sujatin was extremely helpful and gave me her notes from a baby naming ceremony she had performed some time ago. I have copied the poem I read for you blow.
Sogyal Rinpoche writes:
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Here is a photo from our Interfaith Prayer Vigil held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo Hawaii. The event was attended by sixty or so community members. Pictured are some of the members of the "Interfaith Community in Action."
Namo Amida Bu!
We spend a great deal of time thinking our existence is permanent and the world around us feels quite solid. We are of course fooled in to this behaviour because largely a lot of life can go unchanged for long periods of time until somethings happens that shakes our ground and we realise it is not so solid after all.
Quite recently I have had a good run at feeling like I am on solid ground, slow steps forward have been every increasing but then yesterday that feeling of being grounded…Continue
The coach house renovation project has started. Yesterday, Richard, one of our local Sangha members, and Gordon, the builder, began clearing the site ready for work. Today they have been pulling down lime and horsehair plaster that may have been up for 200 years, removing old timber and generally getting on…Continue
I thought you'd like to see the photo of the first Wesak for local Buddhists from different groups which I organised with my Triratna friend Gunasiddi.
Around 35 people came and we had representatives from 8 Buddhist groups including the Wild Goose Soto Zen Sangha,…
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Seems an apt poem for us Pureland Buddhists:
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I’ve just taken a stroll around the garden, enjoying a burst of sunshine in a day of mixed weather. A couple of hours ago a brief storm completely soaked Angie, who was busy working in the garden. Luckily David, who had also been busy in the garden, was inside during the wild weather.
Angie, who arrived this morning in her short green wellies, had been planting out the seedlings we’ve been growing on the table in front of the big windows in our flat: Foxglove, coreopsis, aquilegia,…Continue
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This morning between 10 & 11.30am we will be chanting here at the temple in Malvern and our voices will be broadcast across the world as a part of a 24 hours of continuous chanting organised by the Zojoji temple in Tokyo.
You can listen to us later - here's the link:…Continue
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Recently, I was asked to give a talk on death and dying. It made me recall a passage in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying where Sogyal Rinpoche describes what faces you after death. From memory, I think he writes about first being faced with a bright white light. This is nirvana. If you can enter the light you can enter nirvana. If you can’t manage this, you are then faced with a soft blue light. This is the gateway to the Purelands. If you can’t face that, you are then presented with…Continue
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