Adam

  • 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 1 week, 1 day 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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? 😉 )

      • Adam replied 2 months 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]

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  • Adam posted an update 2 months, 1 week 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 2 months, 1 week 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

    …Namo Amida Bu!

  • Adam started the topic Quarantine. in the forum Reflections 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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]

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