Please can someone send Suvidya a new password as he still cant get access. It wazs supposed to be sent to his email account. Blog follows.
Suando and I trip be for taking over the project full time we went New Delhi to Rishi kash we packed warm clothes . and some Buddhist books to read we journeyed thraesh Haridwar Rishi kash and Sayampur I could not help but notice it was all Hindhu no Buddhist Temples any where when we visited Suando cousin brothers in Shyam pur I asked about back…Continue
Last night at our usual service I gave a short Dharma talk on listening. You can listen to it here!
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1. Observe that you are made of the same elements as everything else and are subject to similar conditions. Aging, disease and death are inevitable. The consequences of actions follow relentlessly. Observe that you are not a special case in this respect. Therefore...
2. Develop foresight (prajna). If you develop foresight you will want to
3. Cultivate your mind, because you will understand what a mess an uncultivated mind can get one into. And if you cultivate your mind, then…Continue
This is a recording of the talk I gave at our study morning yesterday in Malvern on the topic of A Buddhist Approach to Dealing with Not Having What You Want.
I outlined several different responses to not having what you want, from short-term strategies, to looking at the underlying causes of why not having what you want is a problem, and what to do about it.
The talk is 46 mins long.…
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A few days ago Satya and I were in Evesham. The weather had been dry for long enough for the floods to recede so that we could get there without too much difficulty.
We walked along the high-street like magpies,…Continue
Some say the heart never lies, others say don’t ever let your heart rule your head.
Either of these suggestions implies an internal confusion of some kind that manifests out of our detachment from our selves. Actually I am inclined to think that what we really need to do is create a happy union between our hearts and minds. Our hearts feel the pain of suffering, while our minds are all too happy to live in ignorant bliss, kidding us that everything is fine when it is…Continue
At the beginning of 2014 I led a special 'walk through' service here in Malvern to remind ourselves of how to behave in and around the shrine room. I was partly inspired by the wonderful ceremony at the Bodhi retreat last December, and partly inspired by noticing the formality of our rituals slipping away over time.
We'd also had some new people joining and I know that, at least for some of them, if they are shown how to enter and leave the shrine room and so on, this can take away…Continue
This is the seventh talk in the series exploring the Larger Pureland Sutra, from our evening services in Malvern. To see…
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Hare I am again .Leting you know what is happning .to our sanga in India as I told you I am taking over leader ship of the project I have many meetings at Laxmi garden . and difrance place and I held Pure land.,servise ai Laxmi garden. Eight pepole attended, six pepole accept Pure land Buddhism and request to leran more about , pure land prectice /and I have many discous with them and they want more practice ,Pure land sarvice .two men did not agreed not Pure lad one is polititions the other…Continue
“For an interest to be rewarding, one must pay in discipline and dedication, especially through the difficult or boring stages which are inevitably encountered.” ~ Mira Komarovsky
This year I have committed to chant the nembutsu one million times.
He lays down ropes on oars
one lashed fast in living light another
trails in open water, shortfall
to land, a raft of firm direction
The waves walk in flatness, full
of him, sure oarsman pulling…Continue
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Some thoughts I had after Satya's dharma talk
“I declare there are two kinds of happiness: the kind to be pursued, and the kind to be avoided. The same applies to unhappiness and equanimity.”
From the Sakkapanha…
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"If work becomes part of your spiritual practice, then your regular, daily problems cease to be only problems and become a source of inspiration. Nothing is rejected as ordinary and nothing is taken as being particularly sacred, but all the substance and material available in life-situations is used."
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I've been asked to expand on the Sange Mon:
This is something that we often recite during Amida meetings. It's also an essential part of Amida ceremonies - before taking refuge, becoming an Amida-shu or Amida Order member or any advancement, it is important to face up to one's nature and one's past behavior, before making any vows. Possibly words such as this may be used:
"First you should make an act of contrition, so that you may commence your life as .............…Continue
What does it mean to practice like your hair is on fire? Buddhism is at heart how we live and much of this is dependent on avidya; wilful ignorance. This is really about what we ignore and from this what we are complicit in.
This presents extraordinary dilemmas for how to live. There is no greater showing of lack of compassion in our world than the exploitation of animals. We all know that for most of the people in…Continue