Friends of Amida-shu

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  • Kamuela, HI
  • United States
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Shantikara's Friends

  • Brian Huffman
  • Kusumavarsa Dawn Hart
  • Fernando Silva
  • Barrie Moss
  • David Stupples
  • Kevin Nelson
  • Juline Smit
  • Syamol Barua
  • Adrian Philip Debney (Kalyanaka)
  • Satyavani Robyn
  • Keli Acquaro
  • Diana Feliciano
  • Mat Osmond
  • Sahishnu Joy Marston
  • Michael Martin

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Shantikara joined Satyavani Robyn's group

Questions in the Sand

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Aug 27, 2016
Shantikara joined Sujatin's group
Mar 21, 2016
Shantikara commented on Satyavani Robyn's blog post My old addiction and bringing more life to our sangha's online home
"Namo Amida Bu."
Jul 29, 2015
Shantikara posted a status
"In 2014, Ananda, Keli, Michelle, & Shantikara from Amida Hawaiʻi committed to 1 million nembutsu (we completed 3 million). Namo Amida Bu!"
Dec 31, 2014
Shantikara commented on Dharmavidya's blog post Refuge Buddhism
"Thank-you Dharmavidya. Namo Amida Bu!"
Jul 8, 2014
Satyavani Robyn commented on Shantikara's blog post Amida Hawaiʻiʻs 2014 Million Nembutsu Practice...Please Join Us!
"Aaaah Shanti I have a confession... I've fallen off the nembutsu wagon! It was, ironically, the retreat fortnight to Eleusis which broke my straight run. Having said that I have gained a great deal from the practice, I think it was probably…"
Jul 3, 2014
Shantikara commented on Shantikara's blog post Amida Hawaiʻiʻs 2014 Million Nembutsu Practice...Please Join Us!
"July 2nd marked the end of the first half of the year of chanting one million nembutsu! 500,000 down, 500,000 to go! If you missed joining in the first half of this practice...feel free to join in the second half of the practice! Namo Amida Bu!"
Jul 3, 2014
Shantikara posted a status
"The year of chanting one million nembutsu is half over (July 2)! 500,000 down, 500,000 to go! Do join in the second half! Namo Amida Bu!"
Jul 3, 2014

Profile Information

About Me:
I live in Hawai'i with my wife (Keli) and two children (Kulia & Ka'io).
Faith Background & Affiliation
Pure Land Buddhist - Amida-shu
Occupation or Primary Activity
Clinical Psychologist - Child Maltreatment
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Studied Zen Buddhism with Robert Aitken-roshi. Now practice Pure Land Buddhism with Dharmavidya Brazier.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I am an Amida Order member - Gankonin.
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
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
Psychotherapy, Budo (martial way) Training, Restorative Justice (particularly victim-offender dialogues)
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Amida Hawaiʻiʻs 2014 Million Nembutsu Practice...Please Join Us!

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 6:44 41 Comments

Amida Hawaiʻi Pureland Buddhist Sangha would like to invite one and all to join our sangha in a hyakuman-ben (1 million) nembutsu practice for 2014. As a daily practice, it would be the equivalent of chanting the 108 beaded nenju rosary 26 times each day (actually, that would come to about 9 days over the million mark). Not a practice to accomplish anything in particular...simply a practice to enjoy, strengthen and deepen you affinity with Amida Buddha. Namo Amida Bu! ~ Shantikara

2nd Bodhi Buds Event - Amida Hawai'i

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 16:36 2 Comments

Bodhi Buds is a youth service group on the Big Island of Hawai'i...their motto is "Learn, Serve, Play!"  It is sponsored by Amida USA. We just had our 2nd Bodhi Buds event...and it was awesome! The kids learned hoe the Buddha handled when others were mean to him. Then the kids planted jade plants to give as gifts! They wrote gratitude notes to accompany the jade gift - the gift and notes were given to people who have shown them kindness. Then they topped it off with a romping water squirter…


Amida Hawai'i - December Sangha Potluck & Practice

Posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:25 0 Comments

Just wrapped-up the Amida Hawai'i Monthly Potluck and Practice. Delightful time!!! 12 wonderful people...a mini-vegetarian feast...a talk on the Trikaya...seated/walking/dancing nembutsu...reflection...and time for personal sharing. Thank-you Shakyamuni Buddha! Namo Amida Bu!

Monthly Amida Hawai'i Gathering - September

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 17:38 3 Comments

We had our Monthly Amida Hawai'i gathering (potluck and service) Wendesday night.  Installed the Ancestor's Shrine...discussed how to bear the great grief of the world...looked at the ways we try to build little Pure Lands in our daily lives...spent time preparing for Dharmavidya's visit next month. 


We placed the first two photos on the Ancestor's Shrine...a picture of my late Zen Buddhist teacher - Robert Aitken Roshi and a picture of my wife's grandfather - William Costa.…


Introduction to Buddhism Presentation - Big Island

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:29 3 Comments

I just had the opportunity to speak to the full student body and staff at a college preparatory High School in Waimea.  There were 380 people in attendance...and it took place in a wonderful rustic Chapel.  It was part of their on-going Chapel series entitled "Awakenings." It is a school where there are about 100 students from Asia attending. I was more nervous than usual...having never spoken to a large group of people about Buddhism before. It went okay...can't say I have "acquired the… Continue

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At 10:56 on April 6, 2012, Mat Osmond said…

Hi Shantikara,

Many thanks for the friend invitation. I've been admiring and enjoying what you've been putting out from Hawaii, it looks like a great community you're building there.

It feels good to have come into the Shu, to name something as a real and central part of my life now.

Speak soon, and all the best to you way over there.

Namo Amida Bu


At 10:49 on January 31, 2012, Barrie Moss said…

E komo mai! Our hellos circle the globe and come back round again to the same place!


At 20:50 on May 19, 2011, Sujatin said…
Wonderful news about the registration - Namo Amida Bu!
At 20:13 on May 19, 2011, Dharmavidya said…
Great news about registration. Hope you had a good trip back. Am now in France. Namo Amida Bu.
At 9:59 on September 12, 2010, Satyavani Robyn said…
Hello Franco - very glad to meet you! Kaspa is next to me right now and sends his love. We're having a lazy Sunday today... hope to maybe meet you one day, Namo Amida Bu.
At 0:36 on February 5, 2010, Diane Frederick said…
Hello Franco, I'm looking forward to the mentoring process. Thank you for agreeing to undertake this supportive role. When I read Michael's comments below, you must have the Canadian group. I live in Kitchener, Ontario , Canada. Kitchener is 120 km. from London, Ontario so I was able to spend some wonderful individual time with Caroline during her visit. At the end of a group process, I took refuge as Amida-Shu. In a blog after Caoline's visit I wrote about my experience. I have been a long time Tibetan vajrayana practitioner. Looking forward to having a "spiritual friend" mentor not sure how to name this relationship just yet. Namo Amida Bu
At 4:27 on February 4, 2010, Michael Martin said…
Hi Franco, thank you for agreeing to be my mentor. One thing I should ley you know is that I am not a computer wiz and some times have difficulty with the finding my way around the Amida Trust website.etc. I attend the Shin Buddhist temple in Kelowna B.C. Canada. Last weekend I officially took refuge in a confirmation ceremony together with my wife Genevra. At present I am involved with sutra chanting in Englishe at the temple three mornings per week. I look forward to our relationship. Namo Amida Butsu

At 6:25 on May 5, 2009, sigrid said…
Hello, Franco, thank you for adding me to your friends' list. My computer has been down and end of the schoolyear is coming, or should I say hopping? Will have more time to enter some of the discussions. I hope your counseling business has taken off well!
Which Starbucks are you meeting at? Is there one in Waimea?

Namo Amida Bu. sigrid
At 18:29 on April 4, 2009, Mike Talbot said…
Hi Franco,
Thanks for your note regarding Amida USA. No, in the most recent list that I saw, I am not a Board Member in the new entity. I'm glad that the status of Amida West has finally been brought up to date.
Best wishes to you and to the Amida community on Big Island.
At 14:46 on February 15, 2009, Mary Gove said…
Hi Franco,

Yes I am interested in your work in Hawaii!


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