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It’s got to Wednesday this week before I got to my computer to post my Monday Nembutsu contribution. Yesterday was too hectic. I received my first social media Buddhist hate-message yesterday. There was a picture of the Buddha next to a word I have never read in any sutra and the person writing it had a Buddhist inspired name. Maybe he or she is a…[Read more]
From having to motivate myself to fill acres of time, this week I’ve so much scheduled I have to motivate myself to stop and take a break. This is really important. I really feel the importance of offering myself loving kindness at the moment, and I’m trying to make this the focus of my practice right now. It helps if I keep coming back to…[Read more]
Thank you, Satya.
Our windows are being cleaned by a window cleaner and our chimney is being swept by a chimney sweep as I type this, so my first gratitude is for all the people who make this life possible.
My second is for this little piece of time to connect, pause and heal a little.
My third is for the mysterious processes and presences…[Read more]
February Dharma Talk for Leicester Home Group –
Here are a few lines from the poem ‘Hokusai Says’ by Roger Keyes:
‘Everything lives inside us.’
‘It matters that you care.’
‘It matters that you feel.’
‘It matters that life lives through you.’
Containing all things; caring about all things; feeling for all things; noticing all things; all of…[Read more]
Namo Amida Bu. I was at work yesterday but managed a mindfulness exercise while I packed some rolled oats. Today I did a provisional plan for a mindfulness session on Friday then made a dharma talk for the Leicester Home Group on Thursday on the theme of Metta, which came to mind partly because of leading a metta bhavna meditation last week and…[Read more]
Namo Amida Bu! I really enjoyed the Malvern Temple Community Choir on Saturday, then Ian and me had a walk together on the hills, getting back down just in time before the rain got heavier. This morning I had to do some unexpected planning for a practice client for my hypnotherapy course, so I missed out on my usual puja, but as part of the…[Read more]
Yesterday I started week six of the mindfulness course I’m following at the moment and began a week of Metta Bhavna. It’s ages since I’ve done any and the version I am following is new to me. I found it really moving. I really don’t wish myself well very much, so it was a powerful experience. It reminded me of the first time I did it on a week…[Read more]
This sacred text – Namo Amida Butsu.
After the teaching, serene, silent contemplation.
No words distract me or separate this temporary linguistic self
From my myriad lower selves –
Amida’s Light, unbounded, permeates me.
Listening deeply…[Read more]
Transmigration in Samsara. There is something very beautiful about an orchard in January. I wasn’t intending to prune this morning but there was a mouse in the humane mouse trap which needed releasing on the allotment. Then there was no mouse, the trap was empty, but I was on the allotment. The air was damp, then it rained. I pruned in the rain…[Read more]
I think taking refuge is between ourselves and the Buddha. No-one else can see what happens between us, I think. Otherwise the world would be cluttered with thought pictures and words floating above our heads, and there’s too much clutter already without that, I think. Or, taking refuge might be waking up to what is there already from a more…[Read more]
Andrew Cheffings (temple host) replied to the topic Word of the year (Intentions and prayers NOT resolutions) in the forum General chit chat 1 month, 1 week ago
My word of the year I’ve stumbled on, at least for now, is, ironically, ‘wordless’. This is to remind me that wordy teachings point to the wordless and when I feel stuck because words are in the way, there is something wordless behind the words which I could approach maybe by going around the words sometimes. So I’ve pinned it up on my pinboard…[Read more]
When I started studying mindfulness as part of my hypnotherapy course, as a Buddhist I felt it was all a bit ‘nothing’ but now I have been doing the practice daily for a few weeks I have come to really like and appreciate it. Whether or not it is a misinterpretation of Buddhism I don’t really want to pursue as it has some real therapeutic benefits…[Read more]
On a still, sunny day, like today, this is my favourite time of the year. I love working among the trees on our allotment. Today I pruned the upper part of the quince tree. I like to keep it to a height where I can reach all the fruit without a ladder. There are lots more trees and bushes to prune up there, which makes me feel quite happy. Namo Amida Bu.
Leicester Home Group, January 2019, Dharma Talk
It’s just been the New Year, so I’ve been thinking quite a bit about New Years in general. This New Year has had more ceremonies than usual for me. It started in December with the Bodhi Retreat at Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern, then the Solstice Ceremony at Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple in Lei…[Read more]
It was the new year ceremony at the Turning Wheel Temple in Leicester and this year we went to it for the first time. It started with some sitting, then some bowing, then the Heart Sutra while the priest fanned out the Heart Sutra in all directions. After this we chanted the mantra for the protection of Sojiji with drum and bells. Then, after a…[Read more]
Enjoyed reading about your Christmas, Ken. I went over to Collingham with Ian to spend Christmas day with Dad. We had a lovely walk around the village. Ian and me both played a couple of carols on Mum’s piano. We opened presents under the reusable tree. Dad ate turkey, Ian and me ate vegan sausage stew with rice dumplings. We all ate a…[Read more]
Yesterday on the train I took a Shinran book with me and 11 new hymns emerged. Singing them through this morning as my daily nembutsu puja, this was my favourite:
Homage to unbounded Life and Light;
God is Love;
Hands around hands, together in prayer;
Geese calling, in formation;
All these and many more are the Buddhas’ Calls,
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