Adam

  • Adam posted a new activity comment 4 days, 2 hours 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 4 days, 2 hours 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 1 week, 3 days 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 1 week, 3 days 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]

  • Adam posted an update 2 months ago

    Sangharakshita on Self Power/Other Power:
    My remark about the path of dependence upon self-power being for the spiritually less advanced and the path of dependence on other-power being for the spiritually more advanced is deliberately provocative and intended to invite reflection. In the ordinary activities of life we are accustomed to making an…[Read more]

  • …I never heard that. Sounds like it might be some sort of evolutionary function. Very interesting to think how it might turn out. I guess the expansion of the universe would be a feature of entropy as well. NAB

  • Every now and then I feel drawn to the subject of quantum physics. Having studied some of the more readable material in popular science books, I feel as though I’ve got a pretty good feel for the somewhat counter-intuitive nature of the subject matter. I think what I love about it is that it requires a particular type of thinking in order for any…[Read more]

  • Thanks Satya. I had a little experience as well. I sat with my question, “what would you like me to do?” which was more focussed on my work predicament than anything else, and found myself offering prompts for the answer. In other words, trying to project my desires onto the meditation in order to get the result that I wanted to hear. I quickly…[Read more]

  • Most of mine seem to be appearing quite powerfully at the moment. I’m at a pivotal point in recovery from one particular compulsion at the moment and am, shall we say, quite preoccupied with the opposite sex. Especially with the summer clothes coming out and the legs on show! Probably a bit inappropriate for me to share but it’s my truth today.…[Read more]

  • Adam replied to the topic Summers in the forum Reflections 3 months, 3 weeks 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 3 months, 3 weeks 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 3 months, 3 weeks 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 4 months 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 4 months 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]

    • Was great to have your steady presence there. I was surprised at how much of a support it was to have silence outside the room. I think I’m still processing today! Nabx

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