I've started reading Dharmavidya's "Who loves, dies well" and will get on to "Not Everything is Impermanent" and Caroline's "The Other Buddhism".
I'm obviously still a wee bit stuck in 'intellectualism" and have restrained myself within a secular approach to zen... but, without a long ramble, it's feeling liberating (stripping back the skins of the onion of self) to get back to a fundamental sense of faith that there is more.
On a recent trip to Liverpool, my son found in a shop a button badge simply stating "Love and peace are eternal" and thought of me (he bought me that, I bought him a Sponge Bob Square-Pants one) - I wear it with love/humility/well-being/faith. Goes well with my yellow Doctor Marten boots :)
Dear brother Jnanamati, I was looking to see if there was any news about you to see if you are well arived and oké in India, but could not find anything on ning. Did you have a good travel ? Could you already do some good work ? Is your cold better now ? I guess the weather is better in India ? Hoping to get some news and a big hug.
Thanks for the reply. Actually I have been busy with my tea garden so I was not aware about your visit to lakwa. Thanks to the amida trust site through which we are in touch though. I am very glad that you remember us and our “simple request something from England”. My cousin brother Prasun and I often talk about you. Next time when you come to visit lakwa I am sure that we will meet you.
You asked me a question where I work in Hungary. My workplace is an Institute for Misuse Patients in Budapest, I work there as a qualified social worker. I lead drugprevention groups for them. We speak and play scenes about drugdependency, this is the main part of the life of our patients. There I lead an impovisation theatre for them and for other people who like improvisation scenes. We apply buddhist terms in these occassions, we play scenes used buddhist ideas, eg Paramitas, Four Noble Truths, etc. This kind of play called Dharma Stage if you would interested about it, I can inform you. May I ask you what is your favourite job or hobby? best wishes Sandor
Hi Jnanamati - just a reminder, I am booked in for a couple of nights/ days for the Ten Day Chanting : please see your signing in sheet for details. I will bring a sleeping bag, and will not need anywhere posh to sleep : I'm quite happy to take my turn sleeping in the shrine room if that helps !
Also, I will be coming to the Bodhi Retreat, but just for the one day , Thursday 8 Dec.
Can you let me know how much I will need to give you by way of a contribution towards food, accommodation etc ?
Thanks, Jnanamati, and if you could ensure I'm on all the requisite attendance lists I would be very grateful. See you soon,Namo Amida Bu,
Venerable Jnanamati Vandana ! I am very very glad to have a friend like you. Anyway, I hope you might aware about the situation of Buddhist at Chittagong Hill Track This year on Feb 21st the Bangali settlers and Bangladesh armies has burn down more then two hundred buddhist villages and distroies Buddhist Temple in Bangladesh.Our organisation work for the rights of the Buddhist people and other community in CHT. Thanks for you want to know about our mission. Closing with heartiest Vandana !