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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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A date for your diary - our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of Tuesday 4 October 2016 Time: 7 - 9 pm Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais' 19 Fairmount Terrace Barnhill Perth PH2 7AS Details of where to find us are :: here Note: Meetings are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Amida Scotland
A very common idea about Buddhism is the notion that what is required is for one to come to see things as they truly are. We all know that different... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lotusinthemud
When I told friends earlier this month that I’d planned a trip to go visit my friend who is sick, I started to see it as a way to spread... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
It is quite common in Buddhist circles these days to hear the following assertions: 1. everything affects everything else, at least minimally, in one way or another therefore 2. everything... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
Commentary on Summary of Faith and Practice Part 27 "Delineated by the Precepts" from the sentence "The Buddha Body is delineated by the precepts" To delineate is to loosely define.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Garrison Keillor writes: I saw Hillary once working a rope line for more than an hour, a Secret Service man holding her firmly by the hips as she leaned over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Commentary on Summary of Faith... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my Principles Against Common Fallacies 7. Spiritual maturity requires a sense of separation. These days there is a great emphasis in spiritual teachings upon interconnectedness. These ideas have some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Kaspa, 'The Buddhist Therapist', writes: Autumn Colors by Paulo Valdivieso As autumn approaches we start to feel the first trace of autumn in the air. The nights draw in and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at lotusinthemud
UK Faith Leaders Write In Support Of Refugees Over 200 leaders of the UK's major faiths met yesterday morning in London to call on the Prime Minister to do more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies I wrote... 6. Nothing is indivisibly singular. This is an interesting philosophical issue to consider. There are philosophies centres on the notion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at lotusinthemud
“Sometimes you get to see just how little you’re actually in charge of." ~ Anne Lamott Modern mankind, particularly urban dwellers, can be under the illusion that they have cheated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies... 5. 'Oneness' and 'interdependency' are mutually contradictory ideas and neither is central to Buddhism. Interdependency exists, but is a special case, not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies... 4. The idea of 'interbeing' was not taught by Buddha. This item is close to that of yesterday. However, we can address... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies... 3. It is not true that believing that all people are part of one another will necessarily make somebody a better person.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies... 2. It is not necessary to create a 'self' before you abandon it. The attempt to square Western psychology with Buddhist psychology... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my post: Principles Against Some Common Fallacies... 1. Buddhism only values 'self-awareness' insofar as it cultivates humility and compassion. The point here is that 'self-awareness' is not, in Buddhism,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at lotusinthemud
:: Satya, of Amida Mandala, writes: Meet Poppet, our newly three-legged bunny. Kaspa and I enjoyed our two week break and at the end of our first day back, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
There is a passage... 銀碗盛雪 明月藏... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Saigyo and Dogen were both independent Buddhist monks. Saigyo was, perhaps, even more independent than Dogen in that he seems never to have been strongly identified with one sect, although... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Nangaku & Baso There is a story about two monks, Nangaku and Baso. Baso has been practising meditation for ten years. Nangaku comes along. Nangaku: What is the use of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: After a good few years of working hard towards personal improvement and continually tripping over myself, I'm struggling to see any real change in my propensity for being foolish.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Here are another two poems by Saigyo. During his lifetime, the political situation gradually deteriorated until the most awful civil war broke out between the Taira and the Minamoto factions.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Here is a poem by Saigyo (1118-1190), one of Japan's greatest poets, also reckoned a saint. He was an independent Buddhist practitioner who spent much time travelling or in retreat,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at lotusinthemud