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Namo Amida Bu. I am a Pureland Buddhist in Malvern in the UK (we are famous for our lovely hills and our spring water which the Queen drinks!). With my husband +Kaspalita Thompson we run a small sangha locally. Our teacher is +David Brazier and, since being ordained last year, I am ever more and increasingly aware of what a bombu (foolish) being I am and how wonderful it is to feel loved and accepted by Amida Buddha all the same! Wonderful to meet you all. 
Richard Kollmar's profile photoSatya Robyn's profile photoJoan Halifax's profile photo
please give david my regards. a really fine teacher
Greetings, Satyavani. I've browsed David Brazier's website with enjoyment & edification. My own practice is a combination of P. L. & Zen, with a dash of mikkyo attitude. Namu Amidabu!
Thank you +Joan Halifax - I will - and I'm sure +David Brazier will be along himself soon! Much appreciation for the work you do.
Richard - really? Not many of that hybrid mix around! I had to look up mikkyo - interesting - links with Shinto too I see like Pureland. Very good to meet you, Namu Amidabu /\
Satyavani, the combo of nembutsu & zazen is common in East Asian Buddhism--the norm, actually--except for Japan, which insists upon strict segregation of schools. The mikkyo influence came about during my pilgrimage on foot in Japan. Kukai Shonin, whose life & works are closely associated with many sites on the island of Shikoku as well as Koyasan, is a very powerful fellow still, & I got to know him during the many days of walking. Anyhow, Zen is also for fools!
Yes, just as well that fools are welcome! Sounds like a wonderful pilgrimage Richard, I bet you have some stories to tell...
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