There is Dukkha - the unsatisfactory - and with Dukkha comes Samudaya - that which arises when we experience the unsatisfactory.
I have a garage. I have a double garage. When we moved here, with the contents of three houses, I unpacked nearly everything. But there were these boxes left in the garage. Obviously not containing anything vital. But containing something, for sure. I knew that my garden tools were somewhere in there, for a start, though I had a trowel and spade to hand and made do with those. The spade has dug graves for three cats, sad to say. This sounds as though I'm careless with cats, though that's not the case - Ming was over 18, Satya 16 1/2 and Jiva ,who died young, developed kidney failure.
My first Activist Week - indeed, my first visit to Amida France - was such a transformative experience for me. 2000, I think. I never expected I'd be doing what I'm doing now.....intention seems to have been very little to do with it. Other Power indeed. Namo Amida Bu.
Just a reminder that the Amida Activist Week will
be taking place in France at the end of May. Once again, it looks as if this
will be a formative event in the life of Amida Trust and a valuable experience
for anyone interest in practical Engaged Buddhism.
Modgala will be back from our Delhi project so
there will no doubt be discussion of our volunteer programme and its
development. We will also have friends from Vancouver and from Florida with us
(all involved with Buddhist Peace Fellowship).
Putting down all barriers, let your mind be full of love. Let it
pervade all the quarters of the world so that the whole wide world,
above, below, and around, is pervaded with love. Let it be sublime and
beyond measure so that it abounds everywhere.
Eight children die every second due to water-borne disease!
this week when we think of making poverty history here is a resource which is encouraging positve action.
College for International Co-operation and Development which is based
in many areas of the world and trains people to be development
instructors for projects throughout the world is an institution which
is seeking to combat the problems which cause poverty through direct
Of course, we'll have to wait and see. He may have changed his mind.....
Buddhists have reacted in various ways as well, but the tone of the
reception seems to have largely been displeasure. Ratzinger made
overtures to Jews but was widely perceived as a staunch enemy of
non-Catholic religions. Buddhism in particular came in for criticism by
the man who is now pope. On October 15, 1989, Ratzinger sent a letter
to bishops of the Church warning against mixing non-Christian methods
of meditation with Catholic prayer. His concern in particular was
against “eastern methods” (with an emphasis on Zen, yoga,
and TM), and his discussion of Buddhism falls under the heading
Erroneous Ways of Praying, where he characterizes Buddhism as a
Tashi is sitting on the windowsill of my study. It's early evening and the setting sun is reflected bright upon the upper walls of the houses across the back alley. Birds are singing before bedtime. There's a blackbird on the roof opposite. Tashi, tantalised, cries quietly. Poor puss - temptation, but safely out of reach.
I'm typing up notes for Dharmavidya's third talk from last summer's retreat at our French Retreat Centre: Essence and Existence. This morning Colin came over and we spent a companionable few hours copying the tape of that talk, cutting and inserting tape covers, wrapping tapes, along with the other two that are going out, in bubble wrap. Tomorrow they'll go into recycled brown A4 envelopes from Peter's office - and into the mail.
Here's the timetable for the Uni MakePovertyHistory activities: Hunger Banquet- 5:30 PM, Saturday April 30th at Castle Leazes.
Come view world food distribution and inequalities of wealth
through a meal and learn about the major issues surrounding world
I'm a Minister with Amida Shu, a Pureland Buddhist Order. Now semi-retired, I teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. This site is mainly Buddhist in content. I share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier