Ian Summers-Noble

  • Thank you Dharmavidya ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ย There’s a blurring between therapy and religion through the Mindfulness industry.ย  Mindfulness is a useful part of therapy – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy being much used in the UK NHS (a trustworthy contact in there who runs a mental health service tells me it…[Read more]

  • All!ย  Definitely mixed up – don’t do Nembutsu with any precise intention…’I’ just do it…but feel that sometimes it happens cos Amida is calling to me…it has replaced my ‘mindfulness’ practice….have woken up from sleep chanting!ย  ‘Background’ thought or out loud joyous singing…just do it?

  • Thank you Dharmavidya…remember you saying that to be a Buddhist is to be in love with Buddha…Nembutsu is the love song…sometimes sung out loud and throughout the day just in the head…Namo Amida Bu ๐Ÿ™‚

     

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Brilliant! Spread the Dharma and love Vajrapala. NAB ๐Ÿ™‚ peace, love and light ian

  • Nembutsu is a great word for 2018! And beyond….:)

    Enthuses and reassures…got my tattoo (previously mentioned the intention here) in Japanese of Namu Amida Butse on my left forearm, above my wrist/mala place up to elbow-bend. Daft/egotistical/bombu….but showing faith? A permanent (for this physical life) expression/reminder of…[Read more]

  • Thank you Ananda

    Buzzing with agreement/affinity with your statement!ย  Feeling a connection/felt sense with Amida, love, compassion, wisdom is excellent – but it needs to be expressed/shared with others in our being-in-the-world.ย  Small steps individually can make a difference…who knows what positive difference might develop?ย  Are you in…[Read more]

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi Satya. Happy the card got there…so-o-o 20th century? ๐Ÿ™‚ Spent a few hours today re-reading an inspiring book called ‘Just As You Are’. (you might be very aware of it?)..full of pearls of wisdom and gems of compassion…Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ NAB peace, love and light

  • NAB – Happy New Year!
    Have spent the “festive season” unfestively….hibernating, ignoring clocks, loving contact with my family, watching humour (laughing vociferously at ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ box-sets) and reading. Re-reading Unno’s ‘River of Fire, River of Water’ . So many pearls of wisdom, but choose this one…
    He quotes Honen: “In the…[Read more]

  • Hi Jen

    Lovely to see you here ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m in Linlithgow.ย  Welcome fellow ‘New Scot’ (I moved from England a few years ago) and friend of Amida Shu. My background is very different to yours…but we’re here!ย  I’ve sought refuge with Amida Shu (after many years of seeking/stumbling/wondering/getting pissed off!).ย  Totally bombu..still stumbling but wit…[Read more]

  • Hi Tristan

    Great to see you here – welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

    We come here from very diverse backgrounds! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Peace, Love and Light

    ian

     

  • Had fun today – have experimented with food and love!

    “Chestnuts!” was the family’s demand….so…onion, leek, chestnut mushrooms, 2 bags of chestnuts, walnuts and herbs (resisted putting chilli in…too experimental and selfish!).ย  Now melding and solidifying…chunky…a 2lb tin worth!ย  ย Sore under my thumbnails…bits of chestnut shell st…[Read more]

  • Love this quote from an article on Tricycle:

    “Spiritual practice ought to be childish. It ought to help us recapture something that gets lost in the process of growing up. It ought to foster a sense of play, a sense of magic, a sense of humor.”

    โ€”Norman Fischer, โ€œSaved From Freezingโ€

  • Thank you Kaspa – love it ๐Ÿ™‚ NAB

  • PSย  Will be chanting and trusting in Amida as I create/have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks Sujatin and Satya for the recipes – look great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have been looking on-line for recipes too…and am now more bewildered!

    Got the ideas…am gonna be radical and creative and not follow a specific recipe (may make 2 or 3)….what my kids refer to as “dad’s experiments”!ย  Some have been “hits” but some (not many) have been tragic (tho I…[Read more]

  • Hi

    Could anybody give me a recipe for a nut-roast?ย  I used to do one years ago (with help from a packet mix from Holland & Barrett and piled in loads of chestnuts)…but gave up doing one for Xmas day when we decided not to have a set meal but have an on-going grazing buffet (kids and presents etc).ย  Now the kids are 18 and 16 I’ve proposed a d…[Read more]

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted an update 2 years ago

    Chanting on ๐Ÿ™‚ Work is hectic but fulfilling…looking forward to 2 weeks off to be with the family. Too cold to sit in my shrine-shed – forecast for -10c this week! Colder for you Sujatin in Perth than down here in central Scotland. Dropped into a tattooist today and showed him Honen’s calligraphy – “Nae problem” he said. You realise I’m…[Read more]

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    To say “dreich” right you need a wet, throaty, gutteral “ccccchhhh” at the end…according to my wife who’s still inducting me into Scots ways (or one of her little ways of keeping me under control? Which I love/need).. Had a brilliant day at work with 1-2-1 chats with 13 year olds talking about subject choices at school and future hopes….

  • Thank you Dharmavidya – have been dancing around my kitchen reading thisย  ๐Ÿ™‚ – really to the heart of the matter!ย  NAB

    (@dharmavidya)

  • Ian Summers-Noble posted an update 2 years ago

    Chanting on (in head, muttering, vocalising, singing…last usually in car to/from work). “Dreich” in Scotland today…misty, wet, gloomy, soggy…but still beautiful nature views. Reading “A Raft from the Other Shore” by Sho-On Hattori. Honen’s calligraphry of Namu Amida Butsu in there. Family hassling me for what they can get me for Xmas…[Read more]

    • Dreich, such a wonderful word. We’ve decided not to do Xmas pressies this year, it feels like a relief! Sending over some Namo Amida Bus from here ๐Ÿ™‚

      • To say “dreich” right you need a wet, throaty, gutteral “ccccchhhh” at the end…according to my wife who’s still inducting me into Scots ways (or one of her little ways of keeping me under control? Which I love/need).. Had a brilliant day at work with 1-2-1 chats with 13 year olds talking about subject choices at school and future hopes….

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