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Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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Today, like a huge number of people, I am reeling from the result of the referendum whereby the UK will leave the EU. This will have huge repercussions far beyond... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at lotusinthemud
Faith evidently plays a significant part in psychotherapy. Whatever school one follows, the 'therapeutic alliance' is important. In some forms of therapy it is virtully the be-al-and-end-all of the work.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at lotusinthemud
We might ask, how is faith to be protected? Another way to ask the same question is to ask, what does faith want? If we want something to be big... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at lotusinthemud
I asked the I Ching to tell me the way to end war and achieve peace. The answer came as hexagram 25. There were no moving lines, so this was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lotusinthemud
:: Dharmavidya: I expect that the following fictitious speculation will prove completely unfounded, but it is interesting to consider how impermanence can play out.... History Regarded from 2050 "Looking back... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
In the teaching yesterday we looked at the emoticon image for peace, being a dove with an olive sprig in its beak. In ancient Greek mythology, the dove and the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at lotusinthemud
Anshin is a Japanese word, often translated as 'settled faith' as I explained in Anshin Part One yesterday. It is a particularly important term in Pureland Buddhism. However, the theme... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at lotusinthemud
Starting on 28th June we have a five day retreat on the topic of Anshin. In preparation, I'd like to say a bit about the topic here. The term anshin... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Continuing on the theme of gratitude and the kindness and care taking we receive from others, I am reflecting further on how much we depend upon these for our very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at lotusinthemud
For your diary - please note that there will not be a meeting in July Our August meeting will be announced at a later date ***** What is Pureland practice all about? Reverend Kaspalita writes: It is simply about remembering that there are Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and a Pureland. What are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Amida Scotland
I would like today to respond to Sujatin's teaching of yesterday on Gratitude. To respond to one another is itself and expression of gratitude and is very important in Buddhism.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at lotusinthemud
It’s quite common, during this ‘entitled’ era, when it’s common practice in our culture to strive for more, to compare oneself with others, to feel generally dissatisfied and lacking. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: Is Buddhism a religion or a psychology? SHORT ANSWER: Both and more, but religion firstly. LONG ANSWER: Buddhism is first and foremost a religion, and as such it has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In the Ekottaragama Sutra it says: Beings who take refuge in Buddha Do not fall into lower rebirth They cease from excess and dwell with humans and gods And will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: I have been at an event this weekend led by a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. The teacher taught about the four immeasurables, loving kindness, compassion and tonglen meditation. Today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Training? The term training is often used in association with Buddhism. My Zen teacher Houn Jiyu used it a lot but was still never totally happy with it. When one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The Pure Realm of Buddha, they say, lies in a land that is far, far away but if you are truly going that way you’ll arrive at the gate in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Something new When there’s something new expected in your life, just around the corner, during those minutes or days or weeks of anticipation, how do you feel - inspired, excited,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In Japan, it is said that the person who heads a spiritual community should have ‘grandmotherly mind’. Here we are not referring to any particular grandmother, but rather to an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
A date for your diary - our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of Tuesday 7 June 2016 Time: 7 - 9 pm Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais', 19 Fairmount Terrace, Barnhill, Perth, PH2 7AS We had planned to spend the evening with Jnanamati, one of the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Amida Scotland
This is the first of a weekly series of teachings about the chants that have guided my path over the last twenty years and which still sustain me as I... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya's Teaching at Oasis de Longue Vie 27 May 2016 recorded & transcribed by Annette Dharmavidya: I was reading a passage of Dogen - Dogen Zenji, the great Zen master.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at lotusinthemud
I prefer not to use the term ‘spiritual journey’. This is more like a book with different chapters, each one building upon those it follows. Looking for a spiritual home... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Dilemmas Dogen Zenji is, perhaps, the most important figure in Zen in the history of Japan. I am working on a translation of Dogen's seminal text Genjo Koan. It is... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at lotusinthemud
My Zen teacher, Kennett Roshi, often talked about the danger of quietism. By this she meant that it is no good thinking that one has arrived at the perfect understanding... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at lotusinthemud