Adam

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Yeah, he was an inspiring guy. Some of the videos on youtube are really interesting. Such a unique style of teaching and a clear sense of something being transmitted.
    Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Excellent Andrew. Add me on your Skype account. adam.dunsby2

    See you soon. Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Adam posted an update 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Great Skype study group last night. Four of us exchanged feelings and ideas about chapters from Dharmavidya’s ‘Not Everything is Impermanent’. We scheduled the next meeting for October 7th 9pm British time. Let me know if you want to join. Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Adam posted an update 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

    The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

    In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the…[Read more]

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Distraction is probably the wrong word. Counteract is probably better(with dharma). I don’t think about it like that either. More like gradual alignment with Amida. I suppose in moments of deep compassion I can be selfless, but even they are usually closely followed by self-aggrandization, which, even though I’m acutely aware of it, seems…[Read more]

    • I think it’s good to notice. To notice the selfelssness if it arises, and the selfishness when it inevitably does, and Amida- bigger than all of that and shining. When I can notice all of that – When I keep one eye one Amida – I live my life in a different context. The rising and falling of karma is illuminated. Perhaps that means that the karma…[Read more]

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Thanks. Yes it’s not really something that I feel much control over. I think that, like you say, distracting myself with the Dharma is about the best chance I’ve got. Good to offer it to the Buddha though(the conceit). It shows willingness and right intention. Namo Amida Bu( :

    • haha I don’t think of it as a distraction – I trust that exposing myself to that light has some effect, that it begins the process of melting away the karma. What I can’t control is how much karma there is to begin with – so the time scale is of letting go is completely out of my hands. And I trust that Amida knows the best time scale for that,…[Read more]

      • Distraction is probably the wrong word. Counteract is probably better(with dharma). I don’t think about it like that either. More like gradual alignment with Amida. I suppose in moments of deep compassion I can be selfless, but even they are usually closely followed by self-aggrandization, which, even though I’m acutely aware of it, seems…[Read more]

        • I think it’s good to notice. To notice the selfelssness if it arises, and the selfishness when it inevitably does, and Amida- bigger than all of that and shining. When I can notice all of that – When I keep one eye one Amida – I live my life in a different context. The rising and falling of karma is illuminated. Perhaps that means that the karma…[Read more]

  • Adam posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Reflections on foolishness…I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.
    It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to…[Read more]

    • Good post 🙂 I think I have seen moments of selflessness, here and there. I don’t think we can create it though. Are we even in control of giving up conceit? Not much, in my experience. Remembering the Buddha seems to help. Namo Amida Bu

      • Thanks. Yes it’s not really something that I feel much control over. I think that, like you say, distracting myself with the Dharma is about the best chance I’ve got. Good to offer it to the Buddha though(the conceit). It shows willingness and right intention. Namo Amida Bu( :

        • haha I don’t think of it as a distraction – I trust that exposing myself to that light has some effect, that it begins the process of melting away the karma. What I can’t control is how much karma there is to begin with – so the time scale is of letting go is completely out of my hands. And I trust that Amida knows the best time scale for that,…[Read more]

          • Distraction is probably the wrong word. Counteract is probably better(with dharma). I don’t think about it like that either. More like gradual alignment with Amida. I suppose in moments of deep compassion I can be selfless, but even they are usually closely followed by self-aggrandization, which, even though I’m acutely aware of it, seems…[Read more]

            • I think it’s good to notice. To notice the selfelssness if it arises, and the selfishness when it inevitably does, and Amida- bigger than all of that and shining. When I can notice all of that – When I keep one eye one Amida – I live my life in a different context. The rising and falling of karma is illuminated. Perhaps that means that the karma…[Read more]

    • nice post & good discussion, thanks!

  • Adam posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    We just had our first skype study group with four members so far. We have arranged to meet again in on Saturday the 9th September, when we will study and discuss a chapter from Dharmavidya’s “Not Everything is Impermanent.”
    If you would like to join send me a skype request at adam.dunsby2 and I will add you to the next
    group. Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Adam posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Feeling held in my wobbliness. It feels like I’m testing Amida’s promise on some level. Is it really ok to be this imperfect!!? A real test of faith for me, falling back on the Buddha and feeling grateful. Namo Amida Bu( :

  • Yes, exactly. I think it comes back to the fact that we don’t know the power of what we do because we don’t see the results, most of which are subtle beyond comprehension.  And as we know, all of our shortfallings can be utilized by Amida so I don’t think ‘failure’ is possible in this sense because the magic is in the love and compassion which i…[Read more]

  • The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly  for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable are sentient beings: We vow to save them all.”. This is no small order, in fact it sounds impossible, but the ve…[Read more]

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    That’s a great quote. Very true for me as well. I personally believe that compulsivity is inherent to our nature, the human condition. And i don’t think that it’s any more so for the west than the east either. It’s just that we’ve got more stuff to get hooked on!! the more i watch my mind the more I notice the brevity and infrequency of the gaps…[Read more]

    • Yes they leave all sorts of quotes in people’s shoes as they wait outside the workshop tents etc for their owners – a Buddhafield tradition! Nice to think of the compulsivity as something that’s trying to do us a favour…

  • Adam posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that…[Read more]

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

    Just to be able to see.

    The black night against the many shades of day.

    Far worlds within reach.

    Space enough to stretch your mind to the stars.

  • Adam started the topic Great Love. in the forum Reflections 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Great Love,

    Buddha Love.

  • I remembered a teaching from Dharmavidya whilst contemplating the complexities of the ‘Self Perfection Project’ recently. The classical spiritual analogy of ‘The Wolves of Desire’ presents an ultimatum of sorts. The wolves represent our primal instincts which have become distorted in the lifelong pursuit of pleasure, and tendency towards that wh…[Read more]

  • I ride the waves of mental noise,

    Which take me into the stillness,

    And then back to the noise.

     

    Incense smoke drifts around,

    with no particular purpose.

    Moved by the currents.

    Like my mind.

    Like my life.

     

    Namo Amida Bu.

  • https://m.soundcloud.com/halfgasho

     

    My latest musical offering to all Buddhas and sentient beings. Namo Amida Bu(   :

     

  • Loving kindness has played a significant part in my spiritual life for the past two months or so. I’ve been practicing this particular form of meditation for some years, but have been using it more intensely for self-healing work recently as part of my body trauma treatment.
    The simple idea of generating positive feelings and directing them…[Read more]

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