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Monday Nembutsu

On Mondays, chant the nembutsu wherever you are, at whatever time you can, in whatever form you like, alone or with others.....and feel connected to our world-wide Amida sangha.

Notes on the Nembutsu

Why Chant? by Dharmavidya

Many thanks to Rob for inspiring us to join him in chanting

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Latest Activity: Nov 29, 2016

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A video of Nembutsu Practice from the Amida Bodhi Retreat in December 2010

Started by Sujatin. Last reply by John Sterner Aug 30, 2016. 6 Replies

Here's 1 hour and 10 minutes of the 72 hours of continuous nembutsu chanting from the 2010 Bodhi Retreat. This will also be somewhere else on the FOAO site - but you can also access the video from…Continue


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Here it is SpringThere it is WinterEverywhere it is NOWIn life or death with the Buddha the journey continuesGayreContinue

Summary of Faith and Practice

Started by Sujatin. Last reply by Jiko Mar 26, 2014. 15 Replies

This is the AmidaSUMMARY OF FAITH AND PRACTICE(Dharmavidya, inspired by Honen's Ichimai Kishomon)For those having a karmic affinity with Amitabha Buddha wishing to practise a religious life in truly…Continue

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Comment by Valerie E. Nye on August 30, 2016 at 15:52

Thank you, Sujatin! Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets.

Here's to loving the world. Just do the work.

Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Sujatin on August 29, 2016 at 17:09

Namo Amida Bu. Here is a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver, who knows all about taking notice, being amazed and being grateful. She always makes my heart sing:

My Work is Loving the World
by Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - 
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the mouth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

Comment by Valerie E. Nye on August 22, 2016 at 17:10

The slant of light and cooler mornings began with the start of school and the two universities here. Still quite warm, but humidity lower, so I'm very grateful for the easier temps to walk a few miles around the nearby lake in a state park. Several wild turkeys crossed over our path. A doe and two fawns mostly ignored our passing, they are so used to people in their protected woods.Our two dogs much frisky on the cool morning walk as I quietly chant. Good wishes to all around the world.

Namo Amida Bu, Namo Amida Bu, Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on August 22, 2016 at 16:32

The train to therapy was very busy today. I silently chanted Namo Amida Bu to keep focused and not be distracted by the business. Ploughing forward got me no-where; retracing my steps got me no-where; so I climb up the steep slope towards the light.

Comment by Vajrapala on August 22, 2016 at 15:34

Much love to all good Dharma-friends from every where in the world. Thinking about how close we are to each other by the grace off Amida.

What a gift!   Namo Amida Bu   _/\_

Comment by Jnañamati on August 22, 2016 at 15:24

Suando and Suvidya join me this morning to chant nembutsu. We share what each of has been doing this week. Suvidya tells me he has been in touch with a new family and been giving some to help a Bhikkhu suffering dengue. This is poignant because last year when there was something of a small (but still sizeable) epidemic a young temple monk was left uncared for by the people in the local community (not in the same area) and died. I told Suvidya about the week at Amida Mandala. Its holiday time for many people and its being quieter during this period. It was nice to have some help with cleaning the temple yesterday. David Hope, Emma Sneed and Fi Curnow all contributed. We cleaned the windows, the shrine room, the entrance hall and stairs, and Fi and David scrubbed the balcony tiles. Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Robert McCarthy on August 22, 2016 at 2:19

Enjoying very quiet days as I get back into my daily routines here. Restarting my kombucha a priority especially after tasting tom yum kombucha tea on my last day away. Another cycle begins in a few weeks when the sun again touches down on my back yard garden. Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Sujatin on August 18, 2016 at 15:09

No longer Monday, however I am still basking in the Scottish sunshine (while it lasts) and the memory of a very happy Monday - Ojo the pup and I drove to Cramond, Edinburgh, and spent the day with Modgala who is visiting her son. Coffee, walk, lunch, walk...and plenty of conversation. We are such old and close friends that we pick up instantly. What a blessing she is! Namo Amida Bu. (If you're ever in that part of the country, I recommend this cafe)

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on August 16, 2016 at 10:07

I've just got back from Le Chateau de Canon tree-houses. The Rousseau, Voltaire inspired gardens seemed close to the Pure Land. Namu Amida Bu felt very clear and powerful.

Comment by Vajrapala on August 15, 2016 at 20:22

So moving Jnanamati as you describe it.

Thanks for this. I can see the Buddha's smile.

Namo Amida Bu


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