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Forthcoming Ten Directions Training in Environmental Therapies Course blocks, April, August & October 2012 at Amida France.

Green Therapy weekend May 19/20 (part of summer course block but can be attended separately) in Narborough

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More events with eco-psychology network

Sorry for any cross postings. Please forward to anyone who might be interested: Meeting at the Edge of the Wild: Ecopsychology Gathering at Green and Away, July 2012. See attached (where there is a…Continue

Started by caroline brazier Mar 17, 2012.

Playing with Fire (article for Green Spirit winter 2011) 2 Replies

In the early Buddhist community, the practice of meditating on the elements was one of the foremost ways in which the Buddha’s followers, particularly the women, discovered their spiritual nature.…Continue

Started by caroline brazier. Last reply by caroline brazier Jan 29, 2012.


This talk was given at Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, Copenhagen January 2012 on…Continue

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Comment by Richard Meyers on January 26, 2012 at 19:47

This is an oldish account touching on how I feel about my involvement with Amida  -  I wrote this just following my Going for Refuge, hopefully, relevant to this group,  

Taking Refuge in Amida

Again the question comes up for me - What does taking Refuge in Amida mean? I went for refuge a few months back and at the time it felt right and the appropriate thing for me to do. It still feels right and I feel only gratitude that I was able to take this step.

Who or what is Amida? What do I mean when I refer all too glibly to ‘the measureless’? I will offer what follows as what serves to answer the question for me.

The personification of Life in abundance, ‘creative generativity‘, and that which informs our sense of beauty and quest for meaning and justice.

There is an inner will to express gratitude and to allow free movement of the spirit in response to the gift of life. This life with all its setbacks and suffering, is also the place where we can witness something new each day. No matter how often encountered the iridescent sheen on beetles and dragonflies borders on the miraculous.

It was my birthday recently and Ruth and I went for a picnic to Monken Hadley Wood near Enfield in London. Down at the large fishing lake we were graced by the presence of a Common Tern. The beautiful flight and fishing exploits of this expression of the divine muse moved us both on a deep level. It was as though we were seeing the flight of an angel. Moments such as these are what inform my sense of the spiritual more than anything else.

No doubt each person has their own individual take on the Buddha and what Going for Refuge implies and no doubt there are orthodoxies here that have been passed down to us. When in my best, most alive moments, I reflect upon Life and The Buddha, it becomes impossible to pass a hair between the two terms.

Informed by such moments I have no doubt that Amida will ultimately take care of all, because He/She is All and how could it be otherwise?

Namo Amida Bu.

Comment by Richard Meyers on January 26, 2012 at 19:56

Rereading the above now - it feels so neat and tidy.  If only life were like that all the time!  Having said that it's very likely that the messy stuff is there to keep my feet on the ground - no room for hubris whatsoever.  But no doubt about it being in a Sangha helps immensely, as does the open wild outdoors.

All best to everyone.

Comment by caroline brazier on January 26, 2012 at 20:02

Thank you for both these Richard. Your first piece is beautiful - very inspiring - and your second comment grounds it all. How I recognise that feeling. You write something eloquent and then think 'Oh yes, that's all very well, but life just isnt that sweet'. But of course sometimes it is, and thats what affects us. Other ties it isnt and that affects us too.

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Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland - paper presented at European Shin Conference 2012

Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland

Since the time of the Buddha people have looked to Buddhism as a source of salvation from their unhappiness and confusion. In the modern age, psychotherapy has become a route which many people choose to help them face and move beyond their personal suffering. Not surprisingly many Western therapists tend to gravitate towards Buddhist ideas and, conversely, Buddhists are often interested in exploring how their faith…


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Running Tide Article

I wrote this article for Running Tide back in January but it didnt get published and as Running Tide has only just come out, things had obviously moved on. I'm putting it up here because it seems like a pity to waste a good article - or even a mediocre one!


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