Friday, 14 April 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
Circle Network Book Review: The Other Buddhism - Amida Comes West by Caroline Brazier Paperback £11.99 Published by Mantra Books 296 pages Author website: www.amidatrust.com
In this book, the Rev. Brazier discusses Pureland Buddhism, weaving her insights from contemporary psychology and psychotherapy, with an analysis of the issues facing the world in the twenty first century, whilst sharing her love of medieval Japanese poetry with its zen-like quality.
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Saturday, 1 April 2017
Jennifer Kavanagh has run a community centre in London’s East End, worked with street homeless people and refugees, set up a microcredit programme in London, and worked as a research associate for the Prison Reform Trust. She currently sets up microcredit programmes in Africa and facilitates conflict resolution workshops for Alternatives to Violence (AVP), both in prison and in the community. Since selling her business, after a year’s travel round the world in 2001/2, Jennifer found that she did not want her flat or most of its furniture, and has felt liberated by letting go of many of her possessions. Although she now lives in central London, her flat is small and quiet: an urban retreat, with an occasional glimpse of the stars. Jennifer finds balancing an active life with a pull towards contemplation provides a continuing and fruitful challenge. As she writes, “Life in the world is about a series of balances: of the life within and the outside world; inner experience and outward witness, plenitude and the void”.