Steven N Johnson
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I found the Amida Trust as a result of the 2004 DharmaYatra run by the then FWVO. Since then I attended an introductory retreat and have subsequently been to 2 Bodhi retreats. I have also become a Quaker. I have a great interest/curiosity regarding "non-self psychology".
I have a deep dislike of forms that contain questions requiring me to define myself, such as those below, so please forgive frivolous answers.
How did you hear about Tariki?
I consider myself an old friend of the Buddhist House and its inhabitants.
What is your involvement in Tariki?
Limited but evolving
Are you a student or have you studied with us?
Not strictly speaking.
What can you offer?
Are there things you would like to see Tariki doing or want to know more about?
Yes and no. Or do I mean "no and yes"?
When did you first hear about us?
January 1

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At 8:16 on March 26, 2012, caroline brazier said…

Good to see you again this weekend. Welcome to ning

At 7:17 on March 29, 2012, Steven N Johnson said…

You know, the Quakers have a Testamony to Simplicity. And the only time (at the moment) that I feel it bite is when I look at my laptop. I need my life to be simple and I guess Social Networking can only be defined in terms of complexity. I like people but believing in them (ie as part of the simple belief in any external reality) requires an act of faith: believing in them "online" requires a further leap. My Tarot card may be The Fool, but I like to stand on solid ground.

But hey, I'm writing this early morning, and I often have early morning blues. Maybe I need to bin my internet connection. Now there's a radical idea!

At 22:26 on March 29, 2012, caroline brazier said…

In some ways the internet is more complex but in other ways it creates simplicity, or at least continuity. Our family, friends, sangha can travel with us and be with us wherever we are. We are not so buried by paper as we were. At the same time there is a danger of superficiality and it is worth stopping and feeling the heart connection with those to whom we write. 

I have to say, as I write, I have in mind your wonderful smile which I so enjoyed in the gathering at the weekend. Please don't bin your internet. I enjoy keeping in touch..

At 16:26 on May 12, 2013, Debbie Swain said…

Hi Steve - looking forward to hearing from you.

At 17:01 on May 12, 2013, Steven N Johnson said…

Hi Debbie,

my email is If you'd let me have yours I can email you the 4 files that make up the short piece "Jack and Jenny". (I can only attatch a single file through this) Don't worry I'm only wanting you to read the very last part "(Tying up) Loose Ends".

Thanks, Steve

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