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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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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 5 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya: QUESTION: What did the Buddha say about obedience? SHORT ANSWER: Pay heed to the Dharma LONG ANSWER: The definition of a Christian monk is a person who lives a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya's teaching at Oasis de Longue Vie Friday, 20th may 2016 recorded & transcribed by Annette Sometimes, we say Buddhism is shila, samadhi and prajna. Shila is the moral precepts,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: As I read the sutras from the Nikayas much of what the Buddha teaches seems to be very self-power - try hard to concentrate, do this, don't do that... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The Importance of Being Disturbed When we look at the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, we see that his early life was consumed in self-indulgence. Then we read the story of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at lotusinthemud
If you are familiar with the koans of Zen you will know at least these two. The first is "What is the sound of one hand clapping" and the other... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at lotusinthemud
When Buddha sat under the tree, he had a series of experiences. 1. He remembers that, as a child, he had entered a state of reverie or rapture while sitting... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Makes: 12 falafels Total cooking and preparing time: 30 mins Ingredients For the spinach falafel: 1 large handful of spinach 1 small handful of flat-leaf/curly parsley 1 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 large garlic clove, chopped 1/4 red onion, chopped finely 1/2 red chilli (optional if you don’t... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Vegan and Vegetarian 5:2
This morning in our Sunday service, i gave a talk about the meaning of the fan that is often carried by a Buddhist teacher. I had with me a fan... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The Buddhist robe is made of patchwork. There are many pieces of clothe sewn together. This i because originally the robes were mad of rags. The monks took cast away... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Education My first thought about the Winter Retreat starting this October is that this is not just 'training'. Many sanghas have adopted the term ‘Dharma training’, but i think that... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Samadhi Many people would take the square one of Buddhism to be meditation, together with mindfulness and awareness which are then taken as being states of immediate attention, but do... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Discovering the Unconscious I suspect that a good deal of the contemporary misunderstanding of Buddhadharma can be laid at the door of the mistranslation or misunderstanding of the words vijnana... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
DEAD OR ALIVE The Buddha strongly recommended four foundations of mindfulness. This means that we establish mindfulness as a fourfold foundation of our existence. Mindfulness means to have your heart... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Eliminate There is a nice piece about the elimination of anger, written by Piyatissa Thera. These kinds of teachings are very important and beautiful. They represent the Hinayana point of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The End of Awareness The first stage of Buddhism coming to the West is about finished now. This first stage is the consciousness stage. It has been all about awareness,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The First Sutra The Majjhima Nikaya is an important collection of Buddha’s teachings. The very first sutta in that collection is, therefore, of some special importance. However one rarely hears... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: A Fierce Flame Anger is hate energy. It is like an acetylene flame. You can use it to cut through steel or to weld things together or to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Dhyana & Chains Buddha says that dhyana releases one from "five fetters" - fetters are chains, as in prison. We are prisoners and dhyana is a kind of freedom. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Buddha Taught Dhyana The Buddha taught “meditation” in a number of ways. I have put the word in quotes because there are several Sanskrit words that get translated as “meditation”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Unnatural Existence The problem of neurosis is this. Why is it so difficult to be natural: to be straight-forward, to be in tune with one's instincts? Why do we worry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Ingredients 140g quinoa 3 corn on the cobs Cooking oil spray 400g tin black beans in water, rinsed and drained ¼ small red cabbage, trimmed and shredded 2 large tomatoes, chopped ½ x 25g bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped Juice 1 lime, plus wedges to serve 1 garlic clove, crushed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Vegan and Vegetarian 5:2