Karma, do you understand it, or is it just a philosophical misunderstanding?

'We have come to a couple of related ideas which are common in Buddhism and they are the ideas of karma and rebirth. These ideas are closely inter-related, but because the subject is a fairly wide one, we will begin to deal with the idea of karma today and rebirth in another lecture. We know … Continue reading Karma, do you understand it, or is it just a philosophical misunderstanding?

My thoughts and reflections today!

‘Conscience works less well collectively. Compared to individuals, a group is less free to self-correct its morality. It follows from this idea that the self-interested righteousness and imperialism of a nation, driven by cabals of power, are even more pronounced than the same tendencies in individuals.’ REINHOLD NIEBUHR REINHOLD NIEBUHR ON POLITICS, RELIGION, AND CHRISTIAN … Continue reading My thoughts and reflections today!

Why is letting go so important and what is the point?

Christian theological themes operate from a deep sense of surrender. Buddhism doctrines and themes operate from a deep sense of letting go. Clearly, both religions are encouraging us to stop trying to control everything. Yes, the Christian religions advice is to let God figure it out. Where, Buddhism teaches your karma has it figured out … Continue reading Why is letting go so important and what is the point?

Anger punishment and illusions of truth!

People attempt to compare religions. For me, with a theological background and my focal point is more about Buddhism these days. I get asked some pretty unusual questions. This is my resolution when I consider the consequences of personal anger with both familiar religions side by side. A Christian might say God does not like … Continue reading Anger punishment and illusions of truth!

My beautiful late nineteenth century Japanese Buddha

I purchased this looking for a present for my mothers birthday. It's was a expensive item, considering I am not wealthy and live a simple life. It was advertised at $1450 Australian dollars and I haggled in down to $1200. Still no small investment for me, however, I have been on the lookout around for … Continue reading My beautiful late nineteenth century Japanese Buddha

Church verse universe, the universe verse church

My context is organised religious places of worship failing to address the issues concerning reality. Our inner growth seems to bump up against this - ’that which we love, to which we are attached, is never the obstacle; the obstacle is only in the false identification of the loved image with reality, the obstacle lies … Continue reading Church verse universe, the universe verse church

Road trip to NSW for an “Introduction to Buddhism” at Nan Tien Institute.

I have plenty of theological studies, mostly practical or commonly knows as pastoral studies. I am a westerner who has not travelled to Buddhist countries and certainly never been on retreats or experienced monasteries. I have jumped in the deep end, considering minimul cultural studies and no Buddhist friends. This is a completely new discipline at a postgraduate level. … Continue reading Road trip to NSW for an “Introduction to Buddhism” at Nan Tien Institute.