Ian Summers-Noble

  • Feeling gratitude for a great spring solstice break from ‘work’. Plants planted in the garden, new bird boxes up, some interior painting (enjoyable enough but also stuff that was on my wife’s ‘to do’ list for me…win-win!).

    Great afternoon cooking and catching up with music I’ve missed….veggie cottage pie (mash of tatties, sweet tatties and…[Read more]

  • Thank you Dharmavidya

    Anotherย ย ‘Aha!’ from your teaching.ย  I got ‘Zen is Eternal Life’ from OBC in the 90s (and had difficulty really understanding it!) when I had an ego endowed in the mundane, materialism and Marxism – but was obviously looking beyond.ย  I wanted to help end starvation, exploitation, suffering and create a world where all…[Read more]

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    will do – as with me, you and everything my wee sanctuary is in a state of becoming and have been pondering today on decoration/development ๐Ÿ™‚ Just been outside – 5 bats fluttering around – Spring and new life ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank You Dharmavidya

    Hits right on the nail of my overthinking-caused worries that I talked to Sujatin about last night!

    Peace, Love and Light

    ian

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    but we did recite 3 times…if we’d gone to 5 or 6 I would have been worried ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Thanks Satya.. it’s very wee (as we say in Scotland) but bright yellow inside…and as Spring comes on I’ll get in there without shivering!

    • sounds great – if you get a chance to post a photo here sometime please do – I can’t remember if we’ve already got a ‘photos of your shrine’ thread but it’d be good to have one!

      • will do – as with me, you and everything my wee sanctuary is in a state of becoming and have been pondering today on decoration/development ๐Ÿ™‚ Just been outside – 5 bats fluttering around – Spring and new life ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • I get daily email quotes from the Dharmapadda from one of the websites I subscribe to. Todays is:

    Things that are empty make a noise,
    the full is always quiet.
    The fool is like a half-filled pot,
    the wise one is like a deep still pool.”

    I read this and cried. I’m an introvert; I used to be extremely shy as a kid. This worried the family. At…[Read more]

  • Excellent Johnathan!ย  My view is Buddhists should be engaged in the crazy world we’re in – showing compassion – not being the ‘navel-gazers’ we’re accused of being.ย  Was on a Scotland Against Trump demo a few weeks ago in Edinburgh.ย  Beautifully diverse people – particularly liked the self-styled ‘Granarchists’ from Berwickshire, women in their 70…[Read more]

  • Thank you Dharmavidya

  • Hi Wayne

    Have been wondering the same.ย  Although I have issue with Amazon’s exploitative work practices with it’sย employees (or are they ’employees’?!), I’ve been buying books from US through it which are Shin eg Taitetsu Unno’s books, Jeff Wilson’s ‘Buddhism of the Heart’, Suzuki’s ‘Buddha of Infinite Light’, Shigakari’s ‘Heart of the Shin B…[Read more]

  • Driving to work today towards a large pale rising sun; driving home towards a large pale setting sun. The long nights of winter in Scotland are shortening by the day! Brightening up but still cloudy…is that how I’m feeling?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi and NAB Haven’t been here for a few months – glad to be back ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to Amida Scotland meeting next week – my 1 year anniversary of seeking refuge (thanks Sujatin). I prefer to read books rather than on-line and currently reading Taitetsu Unno’s books; but tonight I’ve been on-line reading Dharmavidya – such clarity!

    Will be back…[Read more]

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  • Hi Andrew

    Thank you for your message.ย  Sorry I hadn’t seen it when I just did the last message re Satya and Kaspa’s replies – getting used to this new website!

    I hope your granddaughter thrives at ‘big school’!ย  It’s a big transition over which young people have no choice about – but they can’t stay in primary school forever!ย  Encourage her to…[Read more]

  • Namo Amida Bu

    Thanks Satya and Kaspa for your lovely responses. Was wondering where feeling good about helping someone could run into ego aggrandisation. Feel good..move on?!

    Have already bent Sujatin’s ear about Buddhism and careers work..but I would recommend:

    ‘Zen and the Art of Making a Living’ by Laurence G Boldt (a weighty tome of…[Read more]

  • Recently in my new job as a Career Coach in secondary schools I’ve been delivering groupwork to 11/12 year olds who’ve just started “big school”.ย  Very consciously made the sessions fun – trying to get them think that “career” is not about “jobs” but “future happiness” – what am I like, what am I good at, what do I enjoy, what will I enjoy, what…[Read more]

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  • Hi

    NAB

    I’m not savvy with social media etc…but hope I’m creating an ‘introduction’ in this new online temple? “Howdy”? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great to be a part of this online sangha.ย  I attend Sujatin’s Amida Scotland meetings and with great gratitude to her have sought refuge with Amida Shu – and found how challenging following the precepts can be (when you…[Read more]

  • Hi

    NAB

    I’m not savvy with social media etc…but hope I’m creating an ‘introduction’ in this new online temple? “Howdy”? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great to be a part of this online sangha.ย  I attend Sujatin’s Amida Scotland meetings and with great gratitude to her have sought refuge with Amida Shu – and found how challenging following the precepts can be (when you…[Read more]

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