A lot of the Amida Friends live on their own, with their family or alone, with a sangha in their country or not, with kindred spirits or not. I think I may say that a lot of us encounter a form of loneliness in their life: in illness, by social problems, in confrontation with the materialistic way of living and thinking, in a lack of soulmates or anything. The Amida-Buddhistic inspiration and lifestyle gives a lot of power, love and wisdom, to encounter life with all his light and darkness, but sometimes.. the source seems lost, with a gap between me, the others and life, without buddhistic friends in the neighbourhood. Despair and loneliness can follow. Do we feel this as emptiness or can we learn to see this as a space? A space for what? Can we here make a choice or does it overwhelmed us? Can we ask for help, by taking refuge in Amida, the Dharma? Can we make our home as a place and space for Amidapower? Can we take refuge in the Sangha? An abstract sangha or can we create a more concrete sangha, even on ning?
This morning, a ningfriend Robert from Australië, with the same need of connection with Amidafriends, without a sangha in his country, suggests to chant on the same time and this was wunderful Maybe other people were also chanting on this time, but the fact that we did it by agreement together, alone in our home, gives a lot of silence and trust. Amida was there.
Or there other people who wants to join us? It will be difficult to look for a good time with all this differences in time over the world, but we can try and feel the effect...we'll see and...trust!
Namo Amida Bu