Adam

  • Adam replied to the topic Summers in the forum Reflections 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Thanks for sharing this Andrew. I feel like I know you better. Very true about letting the past be the past, it has a lot to teach us as well. Namo Amida Bu( ;

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 1 day, 5 hours ago

    Thanks Satya. It’s a development of an idea that I heard at a convention about 5 years ago. It really inspired me. Came up in meditation this morning.
    Book might be some time in the making. I’ve started writing one called “There’s no such thing as gravy” but only got about 9 thousand words so far and a lot of work needed on those!
    It’s in mind…[Read more]

  • Adam posted an update 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Continue, Improve, Practice and Try.

    The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ”maintenance steps”.

    Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
    Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with…[Read more]

    • I love this. Step 11 is my favourite step – I sometimes feel if I can get this right the others will all fall into place. Namo Amida Bu (you write so well. What’s the first book going to be about? PL approach to 12 steps? 😉 )

      • Thanks Satya. It’s a development of an idea that I heard at a convention about 5 years ago. It really inspired me. Came up in meditation this morning.
        Book might be some time in the making. I’ve started writing one called “There’s no such thing as gravy” but only got about 9 thousand words so far and a lot of work needed on those!
        It’s in mind…[Read more]

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  • Adam posted an update 1 week, 4 days ago

    Nembutsu lives in the heart! Every manifestation of Namo Amida Bu is an instance of Pure Land. Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Adam posted an update 1 week, 4 days ago

    Nice refuge service this morning guys, thanks and congratulations to Johnathon. Great to see Andrew as well. Looking forward to whatever happens in Birmingham! Hope I can be of service.
    Also, lovely chanting yesterday, just the right amount of time and enough lovely people to make it a powerful and beautiful experience. Was full of emotion from…[Read more]

  • Adam posted an update 1 month ago

    …Subdue your own mind…”about the questions that are raised by the world situation today. I am neither spurred on by excessive optimism nor in love with high ideals, but am merely concerned with the fate of the individual being – that infinitesimal unit on whom a world depends…so much is at stake and so much depends upon the psychological…[Read more]

  • Adam replied to the topic Quarantine. in the forum Reflections 1 month ago

    Thanks Satya, good question. I suppose it seems like the quarantine enables the useful aspects of the “bad stuff” to be utilised without them contaminating the good stuff. Maybe they act as a sort of fertilizer that feeds the spiritual growth process. In 12 step terms the “darkest past is our greatest gift” when our experience provides inspiration…[Read more]

  • Adam replied to the topic Quarantine. in the forum Reflections 1 month ago

    …Namo Amida Bu!

  • Adam started the topic Quarantine. in the forum Reflections 1 month ago

    It’s funny what goes through your mind when you spend several hours walking round in circles chanting! In my experience it can be as mundane as thinking about the person who laid the carpet, or as profound as contemplating the significance of spiritual practice. Here’s what came up for me in our most recent session:
    In a few billion years the sun…[Read more]

  • Adam replied to the topic Inspirational quotes in the forum Favourite quotes 1 month ago

    ”Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you shall learn nothing.”

    Thomas Henry Huxley.

  • Beautiful sky. Dark clouds with a rugged tear, stretching across the horizon. Giving a sense of worlds beyond. A rip in the curtain of delusion forming a peephole through to the Pure Land. The sweet sound of birds echo my breathing, and are not apart from it. Many Buddhas and much rejoicing as the universe celebrates the power of practice, sending…[Read more]

  • Ippen’s hymn came to me at work the other day when I was struggling to find gratitude for the recent, somewhat unforseen circumstances of my life. Although we hate the hell realms, ”we seize them again”. I always take these words as a reference to the continuum that unfolds as karma and delivers us to the conditions in which we find faith and…[Read more]

  • Adam started the topic Noise. in the forum Share your creations 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    A little poem that came to me this morning in the shrine room:
    Noise.

     

    If you had a voice,
    Would it be a whisper that trails into nothing,
    or a shrill cry, desperate to be heard.

    Would your words be blunt and abrupt,
    or would you gently charm the ears of folk.
    Talk, chatter, pass the time of day.

    Sing, scream, break the silence in two.
    No…[Read more]

  • Seems funny that I should end up wandering around Worcester cathedral on my birthday. The first opportunity I’ve had since I’ve been living in the area over the past years. So I thought I’d follow up my recent blog ”Sacred Space” by explaining some of the features, as they appear in these buildings, with my own unique interpretation. Not to be tak…[Read more]

  • Adam posted an update 4 months ago

    Sacred Space.

    I recently completed a lesson on the vow 22 course on the subject of Trikaya nature, the threefold cosmic Buddha principle. For me this is a rich subject, with close correlations to cosmic numerology and deep metaphysics. I felt very stimulated by the teachings about the Buddhist…[Read more]

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Thanks Satya, good to be back after the initial weirdness! I’ll write something about temple life at some point when I’ve centred myself a bit more. Namo Amida Bu( ;

  • Adam posted an update 4 months ago

    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. The journey back was somewhat turbulent, which may have sort of set the tone for a wobbly experience, and I had heard reports of a Brexit related depression, sweeping…[Read more]

    • Interesting how we cling to what we know, but learn the most from when we’re kicked outside of our comfort zone… thanks for sharing. It’s been lovely to have you back!

    • Adam replied 4 months ago

      Thanks Satya, good to be back after the initial weirdness! I’ll write something about temple life at some point when I’ve centred myself a bit more. Namo Amida Bu( ;

  • Adam became a registered member 5 months, 3 weeks ago

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