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Johnathan Robertson
  • Male
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • United States
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Johnathan Robertson posted a status
"Had wonderful Afghan cuisine with my wife on her birthday. Namo Amida Bu"
Aug 15, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Jnañamati's group

Seishi House

Development of the coach house building in the grounds of Amida Mandala. See More
Aug 9, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Jnañamati's group

Anshin Retreat Talks 2016

Talks given by Dharmavidya at his home in France, La Ville au Roi (aka Eleusis) during this years Anshin retreat. See More
Jul 7, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Satyavani Robyn's group

Not Everything Is Impermanent Study Group

A group where I will be posting an extract from Dharmavida's book Not Everything Is Impermanent every week, with a few questions to get us thinking... feel free to join us every week or every so often. Namo Amida Bu. See More
Jul 3, 2016
Johnathan Robertson posted a status
"Today I play a quail in my church's rendition of The Quarrel of the Quails. This is going to be fun!"
Jun 5, 2016
Johnathan Robertson posted a status
"Going to my first Wesak celebration tomorrow at Xa Loi Temple! Namo A Di Da Phat."
May 22, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Dharmavidya's group

The Feeling Buddha

A group in which to discuss the most basic teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.
May 13, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Dharmavidya's group

Pureland Buddhism

A group for the discussion of the central theory and ideas of Pureland Buddhism
May 9, 2016
Johnathan Robertson posted a status
"It's the last day of classes for the semester. Namo Amida Bu."
May 2, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Satyavani Robyn's group

Setting up and running local Amida groups

For anyone who's considering setting up a local Amida group in their area, and for people currently running local groups. A place to share expertise and resources, and for us to support each other.See More
May 2, 2016
Johnathan Robertson commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"Finding apartments in Baltimore. After just four years of home-ownership I'm glad to downsize and move on. Namo Amida Bu"
Apr 19, 2016
Johnathan Robertson commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"Fell in love with the University of Baltimore's School of Law over the weekend. Namo Amida Bu!"
Apr 12, 2016
Johnathan Robertson joined Kaspalita's group

Engaged Buddhism

Let's talk about Engaged Buddhism
Apr 2, 2016
Johnathan Robertson commented on Satyavani Robyn's blog post What's your favourite veggie recipe?
"My favorite veggie dish simple stir fry of cabbage, grated carrot, and a lot of spices. I like to burn it just a bit. My journey toward total vegetarianism has been going on for about two years. Slow and steady seems to be the best strategy for me.…"
Mar 24, 2016
Johnathan Robertson replied to Sujatin's discussion SUMMARY OF FAITH & PRACTICE: Commentary Part Nine ~ Dharmavidya in the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya
""Love and Devotion" reminds many western converts of Christianity. Many Western Buddhists want a "rational" religion with plenty of meditation.This perception often leads to confusion, frustration, and disillusion."
Mar 22, 2016
Johnathan Robertson posted a status
"I just got a grocery bag full of Zen and Pureland books from a fellow UU. Namo Amida Bu!"
Mar 20, 2016

Profile Information

About Me:
I like old scripture, law, Maryland, and really weird comics.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Unitarian Universalist Buddhist
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown. Working toward a law degree and chaplaincy.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
Exploring different approaches to nembutsu.
How did you find this web site?
What country are you living in?
Untied States
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
Hagerstown, MD
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
Would like a group in my area, not at the moment
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
State law and politics.

Johnathan Robertson's Blog

Sharing the Nembutsu

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 10:00 3 Comments

My mother is bed bound in a nursing home. Other than me, she does not get many visitors. Soon my wife and I will be moving farther away so that my wife may attend law school.

I decided to share the Nembutsu with mom. I told her an abridged story of Amida and told her the significance of the name. I told her that I and many others recite the Nembutsu and that through it we are connected. I told her that if she misses me, experiences pain, or even happiness, she can say the Nembutsu and…


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