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  • Dear Andrew,

    Thank you for sharing. I can only imagine what you and your family are feeling. Faith is a strange thing, it does not stop emotions coming up and it does not stop grief or sorrow, and sometimes they come up so strongly the cover everything up – like thick dark clouds in a winter storm – and yet even in the midst of all of that…[Read more]

  • clare replied to the topic Changes in the forum Reflections 1 week, 4 days ago

    Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 1 week, 4 days ago

    A useful quote by Ajahn Jayasaro ” The present moment should be our class room”
    Namo Anida Bu

  • My life at the moment is complicated and confused, my ex wife was diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of this year, she has bravely fought the illness and continues to do so. Watching the woman who had my four children,  and who I shared my adult life with, go through this saddens me. I worry for my children and grandchildren and how they…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Spending a lazy Sunday with my cats after working quite hard last few days. I was going to a Buddhist celebration day in Devon today but my body just wouldn’t allow it and had to concede. Work has to be done but I do find I am more peaceful during my time off, my practice is regular and stable and no rushing from hear to there. I find the…[Read more]

  • Dharmavidya:

    Zen is
    “a special transmission outside the scriptures,
    not founded upon words and letters.
    pointing directly to the heart,
    seeing into one’s own true nature,
    attaining buddhahood.”

    What does this mean? What does it not mean?

    Commonly this is taken to mean that Zen rejects scriptures and even writing. However, Zen pract…[Read more]

  • Hi from Johannesburg where it is a full time job staying present, positive and peaceful. My work as a psychologist helps as I sit and accept and love without judgment or preference. Namo Amida Bu🌹

  • Dharmavidya:

    1. The correct attitude is to be willing to do whatever the Dharma requires, in whatever realm, in whatever aeon. Enlightenment means to see clearly what needs to be done. It is to walk the eightfold path and to know what that means. Yet, as bombu beings, we cannot fully know this. Our ideas are bound to be inadequate and coloured by…[Read more]

  • Another work day, I look forward to the weekend then there is time to relax, reflection on my week and make plans for the week ahead. Is this selfish I often ask myself how I crave for the peacefulness of the weekend, get up later and take much pleasure in spoiling myself one way or another. I work hard all week so deserve this surely. But then I…[Read more]

    • Thanks for sharing Andrew. Namo Amida Bu

    • I think if you use the free weekend to rest, take courage and energy to be able to do your job the next week and to reflect on what you did and shall do, there is no matter of selfishness, as you are just trying to do good and to be able to continue that… letting body and mind relax after work is natural and good. Namo Amida Bu

  • It’s fine campaigning for what you believe in. In fact it’s a necessary action when your not being listened to. Problem for me is how many campaigns can you be involved in before it all becomes too much for us and we burn out. Some of the actions of the recent demonstrations in London and for that matter around the country have inspired me, mad…[Read more]

  • Thanks Tommy, much appreciated.

  • Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed this talk, particularly as you related it to your presence at political actions and your past work in retail. Up until a few months ago I remained active in retail work from the role of a third-party merchandiser and a few years back I was fairly active with the actions/rallies of a then – local organization and…[Read more]

  • For me – taking my Buddhist practice outside and making time for practising in outdoors has become increasingly important. I suggest that it should be important to us all. I am sure the climate crisis has in part come about through our disconnection from the natural world.

    It’s been a while since I read through the Pali cannon but I can’t remem…[Read more]

  • Dayamay started the topic Thoughts! in the forum Reflections 4 weeks ago

    I was reflecting this morning on a documentary that I watched recently about Yoga and Meditation. It struck me whilst watching that there was a pretty negative attitude being projected about thoughts. Like thoughts are a bad thing. As If they are what stand in the way of perfect enlightenment for the spiritual practitioner. My experience is that…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks Kusuma. It was a really good talk. I’d never heard that story before and it really struck a chord for me. I sometimes feel a bit powerless and insignificant and crave the glory of prestigious status. But it has been my experience that there is a subtle power in knowing and accepting your place in the order of…[Read more]

  • My Dharma Talk at our recent gathering in Coleshill focused on Humility and Gratitude:

    When we are stuck in self-centred ways our ego self does not open up to the possibility that another person could have helped us along the way. But unless we can acknowledge the help of others to get by in this life then we open ourselves up to states of…[Read more]

  • Here’s the talk I gave this morning:

  • Thank you for sharing and for your participation in this much needed movement. I’ve been viewing XR articles and media over the past few weeks and have done a little research as to the movements activity here across the pond. Although I used to be active (and for a time employed) by an activist organization I am not overly familiar with XR,…[Read more]

  • Dharmavidya:

    Buddhism praises awareness, especially awareness of presently arisen states. There is a value in being aware of what is arising, being aware of what is persisting, what is fading away. Thus I might notice that a feeling of sadness is arising, or that sadness is persisting, or that the sadness is fading, or that happiness is arising,…[Read more]

  • Dharmavidya:

    October 4th:

    I have just come back from the conference of Buddhist teachers in Europe. While I was there I heard much discussion about secularisation and how it is necessary to secularise the Dharma in order to make it palatable to modern people. Personally, I am resistant to this idea. The Dharma is, in essence, a faith that lodges…[Read more]

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