Trying to get a grip on life, on faith:
I write in my notebook and transfer what is written to make a blog. Forgive my rambling around in what follows. I attempt to say things effectively. I try to do so by way of discovering a way that I can gain a toe-hold on this thing called my life. “Get a grip!” Like many others I’ve spent a lifetime trying to do… Continue
Added by richard meyers on November 30, 2010 at 18:30 —
Indian weddings are very strange compared to Western weddings.Which just shows how attached I am and how uncomfortable it feels to not truly understand a different culture with very different cultures and customs which can only be glimpsed at not fully understood.We do not even understand our biases and preconceptions until confronted by something totally alien with a strange paralel of our own customs.
Yesterday my grandson by adoption, aspirant, senior volunteer, help mate, Prakash got… Continue
Added by Sahishnu Joy Marston on November 29, 2010 at 12:32 —
Here in Korea we have had much discussion of Buddhism and psychoptherapy and especially of Zen which is the predominant form of Buddhism in this country. Zen is much concerned with a particular kind of sensitivity in how one sees the world: with the Buddha mind. So what is that mind and what is the Zen of psychotherapy? I believe that what we are talking about is a special kind of empathy. Empathy is the mind that enters into the other and does so by cognising the other's other. Mind, in… Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on November 28, 2010 at 0:02 —
I'm in Seoul in South Korea right now, giving lectures on Buddhism and psychotherapy. At the moment my life is a series of travels and teachings and I learn a lot from the many wonderful people that I meet along the way. I am here by invitation. People say, would you like to go to so-and-so, but I say I go where I am invited. People have been very kind to me. The mendicant life is one of accepting… Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on November 27, 2010 at 23:39 —
This week has been a busy one. I spent a couple of days cat-sitting for my friend Ken, looking after Talullah. At first she wasn't sure about me even though I'd looked after her before, however by the second evening she was snuggled up with me on the settee in front of the TV and nestling her head in my neck. Ahhh. In the morning we played hide and seek in the garden, her farourite game, which basically consists of Talullah racing about in the bushes and jumping out at you when you least… Continue
Added by Sally Fisher on November 26, 2010 at 10:54 —
Last night the Amida group at Waimeia gathered. In case you dont know where it is, Waimeia is in the middle of Big Island, Hawaii. A small town, tucked up on the saddle of the island beneath the big volcano, Mauna Kea with its famous observatories. The group has a small shrine room in the centre of town where we gathered. It is wonderful to have our own space - a great resource.
So last night we gathered at 6.00pm for a pot luck meal, followed by the meeting at 7.00. By 7.00… Continue
Added by caroline brazier on November 25, 2010 at 16:30 —
My mother, Daphne had been feeling various little aches and pains for about 3 weeks, and then suddenly had to go to hospital in acute pain, in the middle of Wednesday 10 November night/Thursday morning. The acute pain was just under the lowest rib on the right and turned out to be caused by secondary cancer of the liver. As well as the pain under the rib, she had sometimes had general tummy pains, and a lot of muscular or joint ache in her right shoulder which didn't seem to be… Continue
Added by Aramati on November 25, 2010 at 12:00 —
Talk notes for 'Being in relationship, being alone'
I gave a talk… Continue
Added by caroline brazier on November 24, 2010 at 8:47 —
I have just read this book- sex at dawn- the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality. This is a very powerful book to me. I have in my life dreamt of and looked for a loving community where everything is shared. We have looked in ning in various ways of what is our nature and recently we discussed with Clark Strand his ideas on life before agriculture. Essentially how we didn’t get thrown out of the… Continue
Added by Robert McCarthy on November 22, 2010 at 22:57 —
Hi Richard, i think I need to let things take their course, I will get the book you suggest thats very helpful. Your thoughts help me to know I can take my time and live with these questions and there is no need to try and push things. Thanks again Ann
Added by annie rapstoff on November 22, 2010 at 18:55 —
I arrived yesterday and will be here until the end of the month lecturing on Buddhist psychology and giving Dharma teachings. You can follow my progress on my weblog
. My hotel is just across from Chogye Sa
, which happily means that it is easy for me to join the devotions there.… Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on November 20, 2010 at 8:46 —
People are always coming and going - Amida is a mobile community with members and friends travelling to somewhere or coming back to share their news.
Love is forever going out to others and coming into our lives. At this time of year when the weather turns cold and dark love returns with warmth and laughter. It is the time leading up to the Bodhi Day that love demands and asks us to open our hearts to our friends, family and loved ones. It soothes our pain and comforts us in our… Continue
Added by Susthama on November 19, 2010 at 16:30 —
Hi there to anyone who might be able to talk about this with me, I would be grateful. I am very interested in committing more of my energy to Buddhism, through active engagement and practice. But, I have another part of me that feels I am splitting myself. I am Jewish and very committed to questions concerning my own history and faith, cultural, political, social questions as well as this being an important part of my history. I wonder if I feel somehow torn in taking a next step. I don't want… Continue
Added by annie rapstoff on November 18, 2010 at 20:16 —
What a week it's been. I almost ran 2 people over the other evening. Not just the once, but TWICE! They stepped out in front of me and then later did the same again.
Life on the marina is as daft as ever. Clipboard Roger dropped his clipboard which was subsequently run over. He gets his name due to the fact that he carries a clipboard around with him, making notes on all things that disagree with him (there are many). His main gripe is how much electricity he is using and he… Continue
Added by Sally Fisher on November 18, 2010 at 16:08 —
Wanting to contribute something of worth; wanting to say a few words about what this approach to Buddhism has meant to me over the past couple of years:
For me the beauty is that despite all the burrs, petty jealousy, weakness and neurosis; despite all the self criticism and doubt, what is measureless does not judge us harshly, does not criticise us; what is boundless, yet… Continue
Added by richard meyers on November 18, 2010 at 14:30 —
Just a few words that say something of what Amida comes to mean:
CONVIVIALITY (with… Continue
Added by richard meyers on November 18, 2010 at 13:30 —
While we were doing this practice in the shrine room at Amida Newcastle
last evening, the murmerings of many, fast 'Namo Amida Bu's brought clearly to mind the buzzing of the bees on a hot summer's day in the lavender bed just outside the Shrine Hall at Amida France
. Felt a deep sense of contentedness.
Added by Sujatin on November 17, 2010 at 11:13 —
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Added by Mong Mong Thun Marma on November 16, 2010 at 12:46 —
Volunteer English Teacher Wanted
Added by Mong Mong Thun Marma on November 16, 2010 at 12:24 —
Greeting you from Bangladesh!
You know, "people are afraid to be charity. Why? They feel that charity is nothing but the wise peoples are practice the charity. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing by our greed and attachment.
They can charity when they could rid of his/her greed and attachment. They won
and could donate because they could rid of to his/her greed and attachment".
I am Mong Mong Thun… Continue
Added by Mong Mong Thun Marma on November 16, 2010 at 10:00 —