Friends, one should cultivate the Good Friend,
who has the Seven Qualifications.
He gives what is hard to give.
He does what is hard to do.
He bears what is hard to bear.
He lays open his own secrets.
He keeps other's secrets safe.
When anything is needed, he never fails.
When one is ruined, he never despises.
Even though he may drive you away, keep on following him,
since such a Noble One is always motivated by the welfare of all,
is genial, pleasant, refined, a revealer of profound speech,
a listener who never - at any occasion - guides you wrongly!
I read on Newcastle University website that Mark Vasey-Saunders has been appointed to this position. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with him. He's going to be thrown in at the deep end - he takes up his new job during August and Freshers Week is at the beginning of September!
I've been on my travels and will finally be returning to Newcastle tomorrow, after a month away. Most of that time I was at Amida France, our retreat centre in the very middle of France. However, I had an unexpected journey --- The sister of a young member of our order died in her home city of Ottawa, so I travelled with her to Canada to offer support to the family and to attend her sister's funeral.
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier