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Adam Dunsby's Blog (11)

Culture Shock.

 

Without meaning to sound too dramatic, it's been more tricky than I imagined coming back to England after having spent most of the year in France at Eleusis. …

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Added by Adam Dunsby on November 28, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Dogen At Breakfast, Tuesday 1st March.

 Thick frost covered the ground this morning and the sun struggled and failed to break through the layers of morning cloud, denying my hopes of a sun filled celebration of the first day of spring. The cold only…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on March 3, 2016 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Home from home

SATURDAY 6 Feb



When I finally got to St Amand today, I was taken straight to the hospital to visit Dharmavidya. I was feeling tired but happy to be back. The sun was shining warmly, apparently for the first time in a while, making me feel welcomed and a sense of being in exactly the right place at the right time.



Resilience



I must admit that I had raised my expectations pretty optimistically about the condition that I expected to find Dharmavidya in when I…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on February 7, 2016 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

A Transmission.

I've been travelling now for the last 23hrs, with about another 4hrs to go. Mostly it's been a dissjointed, frustrating and at times demoralising drag. Confronted by rude sales assistants, hampered by noisy arrogant and aggressive passengers, and kept awake at unholy hours of the morning by snoring and the incessant clicks and clatters of earphone muffled music!

I managed to lose myself in nembutsu for some of it, which most definitely took the edge off the pain. I also had some very sweet… Continue

Added by Adam Dunsby on February 6, 2016 at 12:13 — 3 Comments

The Peace of the City.

There was a pleasing mixture of Buddhism and Christianity apparent at the all day chanting event on Saturday in Kings Heath, Birmingham. We gathered in a multi-faith venue which is part of a Christian church complex in the dead centre of the town. I was very aware of the rich cultural diversity, and how several different faith systems were represented in and around the buildings. This gives a feeling of convergence and union of purpose, as we gravitate towards a central point to carry out…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Among The Living.

This week, myself, my colleagues and close friends, have all experienced more than our fair share of death! Three people who were close to us, or people that we knew well, have left this planet and continued on their respective journeys into the afterlife, leaving a tangible trace of sorrow and shock behind them. This unsettling brush with the inevitable, forced me to revisit and review my perspective on the subject of mortality.

Death plays quite a big part in the philosophy of the…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on November 22, 2015 at 15:17 — 6 Comments

Resistance Lives On...

''The world resists.'' was the opening line of the first ever interactive Buddhist retreat that I attended in the organisation that proved to be a conduit for the spiritual power by which I live my life these days. These three words, spoken in benign authority by my teacher and friend Dharmavidya, seemed to neatly encapsulate the essence of my struggles to come to terms with myself in the first few years of my recovery from compulsive and destructive behaviours. At the same time they…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on October 15, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Knowing Amida.

 

Learning to receive the grace of a higher power has been a tricky part of my spiritual growth. Like any relationship this one requires work and thought. As I learn to interpret the ways in which Amida communicates his Love I realise that it is a two way relationship which requires my conscious participation. I depend on Amida’s grace for hope, faith and courage and to a certain extent I need to remain aware of how those qualities are…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on September 2, 2015 at 15:54 — 14 Comments

New Growth.

                                                                                  

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.…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on August 13, 2015 at 14:20 — 5 Comments

Many Nembutsu in France.

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…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on July 31, 2015 at 14:53 — 4 Comments

Aspiring to Postulancy

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…

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Added by Adam Dunsby on July 30, 2015 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

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