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Meditation is a natural expression of spiritual liberation. When we are swimming in grace, the heart lifts and sings. In following the Dharma one is filled with joy and gratitude that Buddha’s appear in the world. The traditional way to express this is through one or other of the formulas of Refuge, and especially n…[Read more]
Nir-vana means “no wind”
Here’s a poem…
my little raft,
is in time’s mouth.
What pray? What tell?
Your dreadful whine!
I hide my lie
Conceit to be,
to dine, to feast,
You stir the embers,
tinder springs up,
Who knows of peace
QUESTION: In Jodo Shinshu it seems that an experience of shinjin acts as a kind of ‘proof’ or ‘guarantee’ that one has called out to Amida with faith and has been received and will be reborn into the Pureland (do correct me if I’m wrong). What is the position in Amida Shu (and also what was Honen’s position) – is it necessary for us…[Read more]
Dharmavidya answers this question :: link
QUESTION: What is the best way of reading and interpreting a sutra?
SHORT ANSWER: One tries to understand the Dharma contained in it and let the images bring that Dharma to life deep within.
LONGER ANSWER: I think one of the points in the questioners mind is the question of how literally to take such…[Read more]
This is one of the commonest versions of the Vajrasattva Dharani. It is the version used in the Amida Shu Chanting Book…
Om Vajrasattva samaya, manu palaya,
Vajrasattva teno patita, dridho me bhava,
Suto kayo me bhava, supokayo me bhava,
Anurakto me bhava;
Sarva siddhi me prayacha,
Sarva karma sucha me,
Tzitam shriyan kuru…[Read more]
AMIDA PURELAND BUDDHISM IN PERTH
We are holding a sangha evening on
Tuesday July 10th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Venue: ‘Taigh an t-Solais’, 19 Fairmount Terrace
Barnhill, Perth PH2 7AS
Details of where to find us are :: here
Come along and join us – and bring your friends!
Our meetings are held in the shrine room of our ‘home temple’, overlooking the…[Read more]
It’s my birthday today and I want to celebrate it with all of you. The Dutch (and probably some other cultures) celebrate birthdays so differently from the way that Canadians and Americans do. In Canada, the birthday girl has a party and the guests bring her a present. In The Netherlands, the birthday girl would b…[Read more]
It’s a beautiful day here in Perth – sunny, a few clouds, 21C, which is as warm as I like it. I’ve walked in the woodland with my dog – the woods are full of tiny wild violets, which always remind me of Dharmavidya’s late mother, Irene, who loved gardening and gave me a pot when they lived in Newcastle. These have travelled with me and multiplied…[Read more]
In September of 1947 Gandhi undertook a fast to address the violence in Calcutta that had killed thousands. It was only a few months before his assassination.
Ghastly communal violence verging on civil war was sweeping across India. On the heels of independence, India was being partitioned into two States, Pakistan and India.…[Read more]
THE OLDEST DUALISM
There is an idea, common in contemporary Buddhist circles, that unless we believe in fundamental human goodness all is lost. I used to think so myself long ago. It seemed to be a good way of opposing some other notions current in our culture. As time has passed I have given the idea up as too vulnerable to…[Read more]
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