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Andrew's Friends

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  • Michael
  • Acharya Modgala Louise Duguid
  • ven sumangal shramon
  • Richard Ollier
  • Satyavani Robyn
  • Jnañamati
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  • Robert McCarthy
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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
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?
What country are you living in?
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
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,
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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


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


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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