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Andrew
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  • Birmingham
  • United Kingdom
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Andrew posted a status
"I'm finding it difficult to access the new sight. Just keep Gera maths question then told my password is wrong."
Sep 22, 2016
Andrew commented on Kaspalita's blog post Guilt and morning meditation
"Interesting though when I think about it i probably do more of the things I feel I ought rather than the things I want. With this in mind I will probably only spend a small percentage of my life doing the things I really want to do. What strange…"
Sep 9, 2016
Andrew commented on Kaspalita's blog post Guilt and morning meditation
"So we do all suffer as a result of emotions. So refreshing to hear of others complexities. Namo Amida Bu"
Sep 8, 2016
Kaspalita commented on Andrew's blog post I
"There's a saying I heard once, from a friend in the 12 steps movement, "I never let go of anything that didn't have my claw marks all over it." This is how it is to be human. We love, and we hold on to the things and people we…"
Sep 7, 2016
Andrew posted a blog post

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Thinking about the onset of the colder darker months always depresses me a little. I love the spring and summer the light nights and walks in the warmth of the sun.It made me wonder about my ability to let go, in a number of the Buddhas teachings he talks of suffering due to our inability to let go of the things that we get pleasure from.I'm afraid I'm guilty of this, I find letting go one of my biggest flaws. I cling to the things I enjoy, and sure enough when they go or change as inevitably…See More
Sep 6, 2016
Andrew replied to Sujatin's discussion To Err Is Human...& We Do Not Stop Being So in the group Questions in the Sand
"I often feel like one step forward then two back. I'm not sure I've improved with age but I am different."
Sep 4, 2016
Andrew commented on Sujatin's blog post Reverend Ananda: "Do Good Anyway"
"If everyone waits for others to do good or fails to help someone who says they are in need it wouldn't be a very nice world. I'm grateful that there are people that do good for the sake of it and expect no reward it makes the world a much…"
Aug 28, 2016
Andrew replied to Sujatin's discussion Three Short Teachings: Number Three ~ Dharmavidya in the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya
"I like this story so short and yet makes me think as well as smile.thank you for this."
Aug 19, 2016
Andrew posted a blog post

Empathy

Working in the care sector with people who have or have had experience of mental distress shows me that people can be genuine and love one another for who they are.The empathy that is shown never fails to warm me and often makes me very aware of my own failings.There is never talk of are you from this or that country or faith or background. They accept that they have common experiences and feel happy to share in the hope that they will be able to give hope or receive support.In the groups I…See More
Aug 13, 2016
Andrew posted a blog post

Temple

Last night I visited a Theravada temple. The monks and all of the sangha were very welcoming. It was a nice atmosphere and meditation was simple, it was very natural due to the environment.I have visited some where it's not as welcoming and I have been made to feel like an intruder, not really what one wants or expect amongst any religious community let alone Buddhist.The evening started with a short sermon followed by somerecitation of the precepts. We then spent about thirty minutes…See More
Aug 2, 2016
Andrew joined Jnañamati's group
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Aug 2, 2016
Andrew commented on Andrew's blog post Kind and caring people
"It was a great day. People were so friendly and welcomed us into thier community. They listened to what we had to say and spoke about thier own expuerience of mental distress."
Jul 30, 2016
Satyavani Robyn commented on Andrew's blog post Kind and caring people
"Great to hear Andrew, glad you could be a part of such an important event. "
Jul 30, 2016
Sujatin commented on Andrew's blog post Kind and caring people
"It's so heart-warming to hear this news. There are so many good people around and we don't hear of them enough - the newspapers don't find these stories as newsworthy as the atrocities, unfortunately. Thank you for telling us - Namo…"
Jul 29, 2016
Andrew posted a blog post

Kind and caring people

Two weeks ago I was partly responsible for organising a mental health awareness day in Handsworth park Birmingham. The event was named mellow and the intention was to have conversations with people and explain a little about the issues with stigma and perceptions of mental distress in black and minority ethnic communities. My job and role was volunteer coordination. To my surprise we had thirty volunteers in total, some of them worked the whole day talking and listening to strangers they met In…See More
Jul 28, 2016
Andrew commented on Andrew's blog post Time
"Thank you"
Jul 24, 2016

Profile Information

About Me:
I'm a 55 year old male and work for a mental health charity. I live alone in Birmingham and have four grown up children and five grandchildren.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Buddhist
Occupation or Primary Activity
Charity volunteer coordinator
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Pure land Buddhist
Baptised Protestant
What is your interest in Amida-shu
To seek spiritual guidance
How did you find this web site?
magazine
What country are you living in?
England
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
B73
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
Would like a group in my area
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay, Travelling companion
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
Reading, meditation,cycling,
Email address (to be viewed by others - optional)
andreww60@yahoo.co.uk

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Posted on September 6, 2016 at 22:54 1 Comment

Thinking about the onset of the colder darker months always depresses me a little. I love the spring and summer the light nights and walks in the warmth of the sun.

It made me wonder about my ability to let go, in a number of the Buddhas teachings he talks of suffering due to our inability to let go of the things that we get pleasure from.

I'm afraid I'm guilty of this, I find letting go one of my biggest flaws. I cling to the things I enjoy, and sure enough when they go or change as… Continue

Empathy

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 0:24 0 Comments

Working in the care sector with people who have or have had experience of mental distress shows me that people can be genuine and love one another for who they are.

The empathy that is shown never fails to warm me and often makes me very aware of my own failings.

There is never talk of are you from this or that country or faith or background. They accept that they have common experiences and feel happy to share in the hope that they will be able to give hope or receive… Continue

Temple

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 23:01 0 Comments

Last night I visited a Theravada temple. The monks and all of the sangha were very welcoming. It was a nice atmosphere and meditation was simple, it was very natural due to the environment.

I have visited some where it's not as welcoming and I have been made to feel like an intruder, not really what one wants or expect amongst any religious community let alone Buddhist.

The evening started with a short sermon followed by some

recitation of the precepts. We then spent about thirty… Continue

Kind and caring people

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 22:13 3 Comments

Two weeks ago I was partly responsible for organising a mental health awareness day in Handsworth park Birmingham. The event was named mellow and the intention was to have conversations with people and explain a little about the issues with stigma and perceptions of mental distress in black and minority ethnic communities. My job and role was volunteer coordination. To my surprise we had thirty volunteers in total, some of them worked the whole day talking and listening to strangers they met In… Continue

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At 11:08 on May 26, 2016, Satyavani Robyn said…

Hi Andrew glad you got to visit the temple. How are things with you? Namo Amida Bu.

At 20:56 on May 23, 2016, Andrew said…
Went to a local Theravada temple yesterday, very welcoming people mainly from Myanmar.
At 16:14 on April 9, 2016, Sujatin said…

Lovely - Namo Amida Bu!

At 14:40 on April 9, 2016, Andrew said…
Went to Kings Heath today for the service. So pleased I went such nice people and a lovely atmosphere
At 19:48 on February 16, 2016, Satyavani Robyn said…

Hi Andrew - welcome to our community - good to hear that you're in Birmingham, not too far away from the temple and close to our lovely Birmingham group! I hope you enjoy your first meeting with them, do get in touch with Sanghamitra who runs the group. Namo Amida Bu. 

 
 
 

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