Mat Osmond

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic Monday 25 September in the forum Monday Nembutsu 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful September day here. This evening, I finally found what seemed the right moment to hold a family talk around alcohol. The words came into my mouth as we spoke that heavy drinking had insinuated itself into our home like a sixth member of the family, and that now we are simply saying ‘you are no longer allowed to be here’ to that…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I have Rami’s book here since you put me onto it, Satya (Recovery: the sacred art), and would like to – at last – come to that when I’ve finished reading Albert LaChance’s ‘Cultural Addiction: the Greenspirit Guide to Recovery’). The latter is full of very good things, also many things I find myself less convinced of. Like a friend you find…[Read more]

    • Ah, sounds good – as the 12 steps say, ‘take what you like & leave the rest’ ; ) Great if you do manage to start a discussion. And np about LC, if you want to join the future do drop me a message on Skype and I’ll call you in. It’s one of the things it’s best not to come along late to because of the sensitivity of the space, we don’t let people in…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hello there, sitting here is a rather wild evening storm. Well, looking out at one. Nembutsu for me this week is walking in the middle, the space between grasping and setting down. Knowing I can’t fix my muddled wrong-headedness, and that’s fine. Grateful to be learning about 12 steps, too – finding much of my own life in its approach to healing.…[Read more]

    • Interested to hear of your interest in 12 steps Mat… Rami Shapiro’s book is good, what’s it called again….. if you want to start a discussion here I’d join!

      • I have Rami’s book here since you put me onto it, Satya (Recovery: the sacred art), and would like to – at last – come to that when I’ve finished reading Albert LaChance’s ‘Cultural Addiction: the Greenspirit Guide to Recovery’). The latter is full of very good things, also many things I find myself less convinced of. Like a friend you find…[Read more]

        • Ah, sounds good – as the 12 steps say, ‘take what you like & leave the rest’ ; ) Great if you do manage to start a discussion. And np about LC, if you want to join the future do drop me a message on Skype and I’ll call you in. It’s one of the things it’s best not to come along late to because of the sensitivity of the space, we don’t let people in…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Have enjoyed watching Satya and Kaspa’s trip (and haircut!) on social media.
    Sorry to have been silent for a good while. Grateful for the presence of Amida Shu in my world, from which I often pick up a golden thread from in my day, here or at Eleusis. Namandabu

  • Thank you Satya. I like the whole spirit of your invitation, very much. Carried it around with me today. Felt a bit overwhelmed at first, noisy questions all tripping over each other. Then chanting the Quan Shi Yin Sadhana this evening, the question came:

    How to use the years I have left?

    Sounds a bit melodramatic, but that’s the one. Β Like you…[Read more]

  • That’s right, Satya. Do these look familiar? As you see, I’ve found a few spare, so happy to send up if you don’t have any?

  • Hello there, strolling in late here as usual! Very pleased to hear your feeling better, Sujatin.

    Scrolling through (all) your news, Satya’s new tadpole-protecting Kwan Yin has merged in my mind with a fluffy baby moorhen, an image of Kwan Yin which I like enough to keep forever.

    Am re-reading ‘Blossoms of Amida Buddhism’ , a page with each Dawn…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Ah great, many thanks Satya – have bookmarked it this time.

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks Sujatin, and I do hope you’re feeling better. It sounded like a… well, my sons would call it ‘sketchy’. πŸ™‚

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Many thanks for your tour thoughts, bc1993, and for the link – I look forward to having a look.

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks Satya. Truth be told, I don’t think my friend is looking to a shift from her Awakened Heart Sangha orientation – a ground we can share easily. It was more face to face company and friendship I was thinking of, she being quite isolated I think. She and I are in regular 1:1 by phone, meanwhile I think both internet and travel are not options,…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    You too Jonathan. A beautiful day here in Cornwall – a feast with family, and nembutsu walking in coastal bluebell woods, as the others swam. Feeling very blessed.

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic My Story in the forum Introductions 6 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you for sharing this, Shoyo. I relate to a great deal of what speak of here.

    Raised in the Anglican Church, I had not much sense of connection to spirituality until I met Buddhism, aged 19. I then spent many years drifting between Buddhist schools, until my Dad’s death, some eighteen years ago, jolted me out of the rather mental, cerebral…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted an update 6 months, 1 week ago

    I just spoke with a dear old friend from the Awakened Heart Sangha, living alone in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Her close dharma friends having all recently died, she’s become quite isolated and is looking for other dharma connections where she lives. (Recently had a stroke, and not able to travel far I think.) I wondered if any Amida Shu groups are…[Read more]

    • Hi Mat,

      I may be wrong, but based on what I know, there does not appear to be a Amida Shu presence in Hebden Bridge, the closest I found was in Durham.

      The only Vajra/Mahayana group close enough appears to be the Kagyu Buddhism Hebden Bridge.

      I don’t know them, but they seem like a nice group. So if it comes to either this or nothing, you…[Read more]

    • Hi Mat yes Amida Shu groups are still thin on the ground (something we’re hpping may change with Home Groups) – im the meantime she could come here, attend the Skype circle, or connect with an Order member 1:1 if Amida Shu teachings resonate for her. Sending her blessings from the temple. Namo Amida Bu.

  • We have invisible badgers too, gauging away.

    When they occasionally become visible, they always strike me as walking like muscle-bound weight lifters. We once fed a fox and a badger peanuts, us lying the other side of a glass door as they ate. Watching, as the fox – three feet from our noses – demurred shyly to the badger, its movements seeming…[Read more]

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Great to hear the Skype listening circle is off the ground, look forward to joining you when I can, hopefully in May.

    Curious about how you pass a stone from hand to hand on Skype? πŸ™‚

    Namo Amida Bu

  • I started my week with Dharmavydia’s latest instalment on the Summary of Faith and Practice, ‘Complete Assurance’. This commentary-in-progress is perhaps the most helpful for me, of all his many writings.

    I hope the Skype listening circle goes very well. I look forward to joining you all next time, in May. Have decided to recommence Vow 22 this…[Read more]

  • Sounds like a beautiful day. Have been watching the sun go down after a chilly but lovely April day here. Getting to know our local blackbirds’ dialect well now.

  • That’s a lovely idea.

    Next Tuesday is the birthday of my 19 year old twins, Hugh and Zoe, so I’l miss this one.

    I’ll hope to join you in May.

    Thanks Satya.

     

  • Thank you Satya, this question is so very apposite for me just now.

    Last night, I decided I had found a self-help book that I definitely needed to read. These days, I almost never read this kind of book, if one accepts a distinction between self-help and ‘spiritual’ literature, which obviously is a pretty negotiable boundary.

    The book in…[Read more]

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