Category Archives: Personal reflection

Life is like a borrowed book, and other thoughts of a 6-year-old – Sarah Kokai Thwaites

While some sangha members have been thinking about ways to introduce children to Buddhism and to answer the very good question of why we sit on cushions doing nothing, my child conversations have been of a more internal nature. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”, […]

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HELL ? NO !

Keizan Sensei has invited us to write about any subject within the Buddhist tradition that, within the realm of our own life, feels meaningful, problematical, puzzling or all three. Here Maurice Shokatsu George reflects on the profound relief and freedom he found in discovering Buddhist ethics.   “I’m going to flashback to the moment when I became a Buddhist. […]

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The Essential Teaching of Buddhist Practice and how it influences my life – Clive Tenryu Lindley-Jones

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness”. – Dalai Lama Kindness? How wimpy is that? isn’t that for your Aunt Matilda rather than a world-changing  philosophy? Surely there is more to all this […]

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