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
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…Continue
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!
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.…Continue