I'll be driving south tomorrow to stay with Rachel and the girls - it's their Easter holiday from school. I'll call in at The Buddhist House on the way down, to pick up copies of the new "Running Tide". Although they are on retreat I can call in without disturbing them. Then off further south. On Tuesday evening I'm going to London to see Simon and to meet Steve, whom I only know through his blog, for the first time.
Let your actions be like clouds going by; the clouds going by are
mindless. Let your stillness be as the valley spirit; the valley spirit
is undying. When action accompanies stillness and stillness combines
with action, then the duality of action and stillness no longer arises.
Yesterday we went up the coast for a day out - as the forecast deteriorates for the rest of the weekend. Coffee in Warkworth, underneath the shadow of one magnificent castle, and lunch in Bamburgh, in sight of another.
As we walked through the village, these rooks were making a tremendous din. Through the trees, you can see the castle.
Here are my lovely new shoes - Well, acually oops - actually, as you've guessed, one of them. This morning I went to the Metro Centre, along with a great number of other people (good test of one's equanimity). In a roundabout way, this was on behalf of my son, whom I'll see in London on Tuesday. I must love him.
And I spied these Dr Martens Mary Janes. Just right for a red person. And practical. I do comfort, not glam.
Terry has posted on Robert Thurman's views on Buddhism without Buddhism. I can see the value in this, for people who wouldn't be interested in Buddhism per se, who need some support re stress or pain relief or who have another faith (and we're not in the conversion business, as Buddhists).
I do run 'Meditation for Relaxation' sessions for University staff. However those who come seem to want to talk about meditation as part of Buddhism anyway, rather than divorced from it. And I'm more than happy about that. Though I wouldn't want to put off anyone who didn't. I do, by the way, run fully Pureland Buddhist sessions as well.
For me, personally, I agree with Terry, who says
I don't think "Buddhist methods without the
Buddhism" is such a useful idea (for me, anyway).
I was previously part of a (non-Buddhist) group that had taken meditation out of its spiritual context and, over the years, the organisation became more materialistic and less spiritual. Which suited many.......... and you can see where it lead me.
Fearlessness is extending ourselves beyond a limited view. In the Heart Sutra, [one of the Buddha's talks to his disciples,] it talks about going beyond. Gone beyond, or ga-te in Sanskrit, is the basic NO.
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