Mat Osmond

  • 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]

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic Monday 17th April in the forum Monday Nembutsu 4 months ago

    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?

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic Monday 17th April in the forum Monday Nembutsu 4 months ago

    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 4 months ago

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

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 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]

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

    • 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.

      • 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]

  • 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 4 months, 1 week 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]

  • Listening to rain gurgling in the drain outside. Missed a week last week, just realised. Love the idea of Amida’s light not needing matches to be kindled in our lives. My matches are anyway often too damp to strike, this being Cornwall. So, just as well. Namo Amida bu

     

  • Mat Osmond posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thank you Satya, wishing you a restorative time there, sounds lovely. Reading your post the thought came that sometimes we carry hells with us, stowed in our life-stream’s deep pockets, and sometimes we fall of a sudden into one of hell’s deep pockets. The help we rely on is the same, either way.

    Namo Amida bu

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic Monday 20th of March in the forum Monday Nembutsu 5 months ago

    Beautiful, thanks Andrew.

  • Mat Osmond replied to the topic Monday 20th of March in the forum Monday Nembutsu 5 months ago

    Last week I began work as a Union rep for a colleague who’s health has been harmed at work. Shadowing her at meetings – that usually end in tears of frustration.

    Having long felt I was ‘too busy’ to pick up Union stuff, I find myself now very grateful for the chance to do it, as I realise that a kind of quiet depression has settled upon me – and…[Read more]

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