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Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Minister, Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism
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International Buddhist Psychology Conference 5 - 8 September 2019 International Buddhist Psychology Conference No Pearl without Grit: The psychology of suffering and awakening 5-8 September 2019, Netherlands NO PEARL WITHOUT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: I have recently read an essay about Theravada meditation. Of its type it is an excellent essay. It decribes samatha (calm meditation) and vipassana (insight meditation) and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya: Pure Land practice is simple. It doesn’t require that the practitioner be learned in Buddhist thought or exceptional in moral virtue, meditation, or spiritual discipline. It is suitable for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: There is a form of Zen or Chan meditation that is called silent illumination. It has been said that illumination simply means awareness and that this method is,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: Self is an intervening fantasy that masks reality. What does this mean? Perhaps one eats too much chocolate. One feels a bit sick. One learns not to eat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
From Widower's Grief - a grief traveler: (Baking Soufflés Against the Daleks) If you’re grieving, the holidays are the worst time of the year. You’re expected to be happy, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Kaspa writes: We are moving through the longest nights. What happens at this time of year? In the run up to the longest night we put up our decorations and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at lotusinthemud
John Pavlovitz writes: I’m not writing this to everyone. I’m writing this to you — the person whose heart is heavy today, the one for whom this day is not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at lotusinthemud
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Dec 9, 2018
Dharmavidya writes: The Three Jewels are the heart of Buddhism. The three are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. They are the foundation and core of the Buddhist religion.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: There is a wonderful text that records the saying of the Desert Fathers or Abba. The Abba were hermits who lived in the desert of North Africa in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya: On December 8 we celebrate the anniversary of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. Let us reflect a little upon this. Siddhartha Gotama was somebody who threw himself into things.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: [This piece is work in progress. I may come back to it at a later date. I post it now for anybody who is interested. Feedback welcome ::... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: INTRODUCTION The notion of oneness can mean many things. Here I wish to advance one particular Buddhist significance of the term. Eka means one. Ekagata thus means to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya: Religion as a Vehicle The Sanskrit word yana means vehicle. Buddhism is broadly divided into yanas. A yana may encompass a variety of denominations, orders or sects. Different yanas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: Who Loves Dies Well Buddhism is often called a way of life. However, it can also be called a way of death. Many of the Buddhists I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Sophie Grigson Serves six 1 large red cabbage 1 large onion, halved and sliced 2 eating apples, cored and roughly chopped 100 ml red wine (or orange juice) 4 tablespoons... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Ananda writes: Aloha, Here is piece I wrote for folks in our Sangha who were taking on the One Million Nembutsu practice. It contains suggestions for using a mala. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: Alternating Ages of Greed and Hate: A Little Bit of Buddhist Psychology In Buddhist psychology we talk of delusion having a double valency. It either turns to greed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: We call her Queen Vaidehi. Actually we do not know her name. At the time, twenty-five centuries ago, the word vaidehi probably meant a consort of the king,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: EGO OBSESSION Buddhist psychology can be seen as a cure for addiction or obsession. Addiction is officially defined as a compulsive behaviour pattern in which one develops unpleasant... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at lotusinthemud
We will be celebrating Bodhi Day (The Buddha's Enlightenment Day) on Saturday July December 8th (Note There won't be a sangha evening on the first Tuesday of December) You are most welcome to join us, ideally for the whole day. NB. Booking is essential - via the link in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Amida Scotland
:: Dharmavidya writes: 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at lotusinthemud
A teaching by Dharmavidya David Brazier Shoko-bo Bencho (1162-1238) was a, perhaps the, leading disciple of Honen Shonin (1133-1212), the principal propagator of Pureland Buddhism in Japan. Nowadays it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya: Nir-vana means “no wind” Here’s a poem… Awful wind, east, west, north, south, my little raft, on rock, is in time’s mouth. Where flee? How fight? What pray? What... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at lotusinthemud