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Comment by Gerald Beeck on October 26, 2009 at 19:24
Dear all,
I came across an organic psychology e-course and wonder if anyone of you heard about this and/or maybe is interest to know more this.
The site is
I think it is a very interesting site. I will start reading some books from M. J. Cohen.

Please share.
Comment by Aramati on August 16, 2009 at 10:33
I am thinking of going to some of climate camp which runs from Thurs 27 August to Wed 2 Sept in London this year.

I wonder if you would like to join me so we could some kind of Amida presence at the camp? Would you be interested?

Here is an article about a previous climate camp.

Best wishes
Comment by Emma on March 19, 2009 at 17:33
I love the countryside down by gower, its a real rough and tumble buffer between the city of swansea and the coast, there are lots of wild growing edible plants there, garlic being one of them, unfortunately the bulbs on the garlic plant are buried so deep that you would need an excavator to get them out, but the leaves are fantastic to use when cooking a wild camp supper.
Comment by richard meyers on March 18, 2009 at 9:12
Perhaps the poetry has taken things a bit off course. My own activism in this area has in recent years, been directly linked to my employment. With like minded colleagues attempting to steer local authorities in ways that are conducive to our other residents: those that creep slither and fly and try as much as possible to avoid too close contact with the human tribe - our track record has not been exactly praiseworthy. I am ever more of the view that, whilst global issues are really important it is equally important that we take an interest close to home. I'm sure most people would agree with that. So the move to recycling etc. is a step in the right direction. As I indicate below, I am also passionate about the welfare of the beings that share my garden. Not in an academic way, but out of a 'deeply ecological' sense of relationship. In the work setting, with colleagues, I am able from time to time, to exert a little influence in the outcome of planning applications for development. I think this area is a ball we all need to keep our eye on and be prepared to 'make a (non violent) nuisance of ourselves from time to time.

Back in the garden - I encourage a range of friendly items 'loggeries' or just a small pile of logs, great for fungi and associated invertebrates - stag beetles and the like. Bird feeders and lots of seed producing flowers (Teasels are fantastic for Goldfinches and great to draw!). A big no to slug pellets naturally and I don't like beer traps either; personally I would care to drown in the stuff although I quite like a drink. Put bits of slate balanced on old bricks, this provides luxurious accomodation for both snails and slugs, in which they will snooze during the day. Pick them off and take them to your local park (on the quiet!).
Small unkempt areas are great as buffer zones between us and the neighbours. They don't have to be vast just little corners tucked away with nettles if you can manage it (grow them in containers as they have vigorous underground stems! Cut back for new growth at the end of June and you'll get a new lot of butterflies laying eggs on them.), Garlic mustard, Birds-foot-trefoil etc etc. all great as larval foodplants.

This is a big topic
Namo Amida Bu
Comment by richard meyers on February 18, 2009 at 14:50
Further to the below. Poetry of this sort assists us in not taking for granted the miraculous diversity that surrounds us. Taking the point of view of spiders, snails, woodlice, trees etc. In a way puts us in touch with them. We are led to read about them, to make discoveries and to wonder at this amazing matrix that is life. From this we will want to act on its behalf, in order to defend it. Poetry in itself is, I believe, a form of direct action that puts us in touch with our world.
Comment by richard meyers on February 16, 2009 at 17:13
I don't know if this is an appropriate idea for Green Amida but Haiku with a wildlife theme might be a good way of getting us looking and listening to the sights and sounds that surround us.

Here's a couple:

eight legs running
a typists fingers
bright blue carpet

sliding on slime
one footed
cut grass smell

One more -

across the carpet
my friend the spider

What do people think of the idea?
Just a thought - is there a seperate poetry area to this site?
Comment by richard meyers on February 15, 2009 at 22:21
Just to consider the importance of recognising our interconnectivity with everything else. (I think most Buddhists will already do this!) The fact that as beings we evolved along with everything else that inhabits this world. In many respects we are one being. I find this so incredible and inspiring. When we listen to the dawn chorus, or to the hum of bees in the garden, this is a sound that was with us from the very beginning.
Just imagine a world without this kinship. It is as necessary to our survival as a species as air. Living in London as I do, I am fortunate in that our Victorian forebears placed such an emphasis on the importance of our city parks. Our responsibility and challenge is to ensure that future generations too have a place to breathe in amidst the chaos of an urban setting.
Comment by richard meyers on February 12, 2009 at 21:13
Great to discover Green Amida!
And hello to everyone. Just want to say if you are in the area of Islington (not far from Sukhavati!) pop in and ask for me. I'd be delighted to show you round Gillespie Park Local Nature Reserve. I must dig out a better photo of myself! I don't look anything like that grey bloke in the picture.. Although the reserve has great things to see at anytime - if you like wildflowers come in June. Best wishes.
Comment by Fiona Edwards on January 12, 2009 at 12:04
A big 2009 Hi! to everybody!,
This "blue-green" life form, on which we live..Is making a serious and concerted make "complaints to da' management" (non-verbal, of course). But, are we really, listening? Currently founding a fully (experimental) Eco-Sangha in the Bahmas (Cat Island) I hope. To live, a new and radical 'steady state' virtuous and active ecology. To develop a 'leading edge' Eco-village. Cat Island is said to be the most beatiful island in the Bahamas chain of islands...It has only 1,647 permanent residents. The sixth largest island of the Bahamas, and covers an area of 160 square miles. This island (unlike all others) has topography...Cat Island is, pristine. Now is the time to apply 'Karuna' and make sure it stays this way. If you are interested in some pics see www. Islands of the Bahamas (tourist site). Go to 'Out Islands' (not what we natives call the islands here...we call them 'Family Islands'). Click on Cat Island...this is a really beautiful place, and the only development on line is a massive Hotel and P.G.A. golf resort...Not on the same all.
What's your thoughts?
Prajna paramita Fiona
Comment by Sujatin on May 26, 2008 at 21:43
I see that you are one of the Transition Towns, Leicester!
"This website is a WIKI for use by all the communities that have adopted the Transition Model for responding to the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

This site provides a focal point for all of these towns, villages, cities and localities around the world as they implement their own Transition Initiative."

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