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Kevin Nelson
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  • Bremerton, WA
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Buddhism After the Tsunami, The Souls of Zen

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Cundiff May 6, 2014. 1 Reply

 Kojo Kakihara  of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple is promoting. "Buddhism After the Tsunami, The Souls of Zen" April 15, 20146- 8 pmCarwein AuditoriumUniversity of Washington Tacoma …Continue

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Myoshin Anthony Leibow replied to Kevin Nelson's discussion Moon Over Cedars in the group Amidist Poetry
"Kevin,   You inspired me to write....Here is one of my firsts   i   there….    in the wind….     now in the falling                       rain….    calling         calling us home…                    …"
Jul 31, 2014
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pradeep fulzele commented on Kevin Nelson's blog post Random Acts of be continued..
"Very true"
Jul 29, 2014
Greg Cundiff replied to Kevin Nelson's discussion Buddhism After the Tsunami, The Souls of Zen
"Just curious, Keven, how did the screening go? I watched the film on Tricycle and it was quite moving and informative."
May 6, 2014
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Buddhism After the Tsunami, The Souls of Zen

 Kojo Kakihara  of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple is promoting. "Buddhism After the Tsunami, The Souls of Zen" April 15, 20146- 8 pmCarwein AuditoriumUniversity of Washington Tacoma More
Apr 6, 2014
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Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Nelson replied to Satyavani Robyn's discussion Introductions in the group Setting up and running local Amida groups
"My name is Kevin Nelson and I live near Seattle, Washington in the USA. As far a starting new groups in the area, we have a very big Jodo Shinshu Buddhist presence in our area with three very well established temples in Seattle, Auburn and Tacoma,…"
Apr 6, 2014
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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
Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Nelson replied to Kaspalita's discussion What does Other Power mean to you? How does it work in your life?
"For me it is simple. Amida for me is NOT a noun, Amida for me is a VERB. Amida is that aspect in the universe that moves me to become my ever better self/not self. Amida is the manifestation and culmination of the Buddha's vast compassion,…"
Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Nelson replied to Sujatin's discussion IS THERE A GOD? A BUDDHIST ANSWER by Rev Taitetsu Unno
"I have had the fortune of meeting and speaking with Sensei Unno in his Sangha in North Hampton MA, US. in 2004 while I was still serving in the U.S. Navy. He has left a huge impression on me and steered me towards Pure Land Buddhism, I've made…"
Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Nelson replied to Sujatin's discussion IS THERE A GOD? A BUDDHIST ANSWER by Rev Taitetsu Unno
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About Me:
I've been a practicing Buddhist for over 30 yrs. I spent 7 yrs as a monk in another sect (rather not say which) but saw that dogma, doctrine and ritual were seen as more important than cultivating peoples inner that point it becomes a dog and pony show. I'm looking for a grassroots Buddhist movement that can take root in the West and grow. I started my Dharma search at 16 and was even thrown out of my home and disowned for practicing Buddhism but I still endeavour to understand this wonderful way of life...I hope to meet you all on the journey..
Faith Background & Affiliation
Occupation or Primary Activity
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
I've been a Buddhist for 30 yrs and have studied Chogye Zen, Rinzai Zen, and Nichiren Shu well as other sects.
I operated a preaching program in New Hampshire and assisted with activities at University of Florida, M.I.T. in Boston,
U Cal at Northridge and UCLA. I also attempted to start a Miltary Buddhist Sangha while serving in the Navy but I ran into interdenominational conflicts....SGI and The BCA have several programs in the military. By U.S. law the military can not deny service members their right to attend the religious service of their choosing.I am currently the Admin for an online group called the Nembutsu Buddhist Fellowship, we are in the plannig stages of creating a Pan-Pure Land Website to bring Pure Landers together in order better facilitate the propagation and dissemination of Pure Land Buddhism world wide. Our FB page is at:
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I like the work and grass roots that they are doing I think you are doing important work and I would like to see those efforts to spread to North America. I have many years experience as a former monk specifically in Food Relief and University Preaching Programs. I would also like to network with other like minded people.
How did you find this web site?
ByThe Buddha's good grace
What country are you living in?
The U.S.
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, not at the moment
What can you offer to other members of this network?
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
music, philosophy,Buddhism, history, my family,interacting with people of a similar mindset.
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Random Acts of be continued..

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 17:00 3 Comments

1.     Send or buy someone a Buddhist book.

2.     Make a contribution to a Buddhist organization.

3.     Start a Buddhist Blog or website.

4.     Support a Buddhist organization or mission.

5.     Teach a meditation or Dharma class.

6.     Share your favourite Dharma story with someone.

7.     Send a Buddhist link to a friend or stranger.

8.     Write an article on a Buddhist issue.

9.     Create a Buddhist inspired work of art.

10.   Teach…


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At 11:50 on August 14, 2011, jayanthalal jayasuriya said…
Dear friend
I am from sri lanka- I am the secretary of a Buddhist association here in the
Village called Tangalla – We have formed this organization in a great temple here. A lot of foreigners come here annually and get the knowledge of this
Grate doctrine. Especially meditation. We have a lot of friends around the world.
We share our experiences and help them to solve their questions. People who like to come here are always welcome. We supply all facilities during your stay here including meal (vegetarian) and lodgings. So you too can join with us
And exchange your feelings- so if you like to be with us- please write me
we are happy to here from you
sri Lanka-Ennapitiya Buddhist temple
and meditation centre
At 6:01 on February 8, 2011, Seiyo said…

Kevin:  What happened to the Nembutsu page on facebook?



At 20:11 on January 25, 2011, Ananda said…

Aloha Kevin,


It is wonderful that the Nembutsu has been such a positive force for your girlfriend. Depression can be so debilitating. I do not have words to express my sympathy. I hope that she is able to find a little bit more light each day, and that sooner than later she will be able to escape the suffocating darkness that is depression.


What great good fortune you had to be able to hear one of Sensei Unno's lectures. I would imagine that there are some pureland practitioners in Seattle.  But if not most of our groups just start with one or two people organizing informal Nembutsu practice in their homes.


I glad the you have joined our little Sangha, and hope that our paths cross in the near future.  


Namo Amida Bu!





At 21:56 on January 24, 2011, Ananda said…

Aloha Kevin,


It looks like you are doing great work.  I enjoyed your blog and have linked to your FB page.


Namo Amida Bu!

At 9:17 on January 20, 2011, Kuvalaya said…

Hola Kevin, bienvenido a Friends of Amida!  (Vi que te pusiste en el grupo El Mundo Amida Español)  Espero que encuentres algo que te interesa aquí y puedes participar en las discusiones.


Namo Amida Bu


At 20:23 on January 9, 2011, richard meyers said…

Hi Kevin,

Really happy to be your friend.

All very best,


At 15:39 on January 9, 2011, richard meyers said…

Hi Kevin,

Great to say welcome to you.  We are a diverse group with many affiliations; however we view Amida, the overall sense it seems to me, is that we inhabit a benign universe essentially and that we are cared for by life.  We don't really have to do anything!

Namo Amida Bu


At 20:45 on January 8, 2011, Satyavani Robyn said…
Hi Kevin - what Kaspa said : ) good to see you here. There are some wonderful people and conversations here. Namo Amida Bu.
At 20:44 on January 8, 2011, Kaspalita said…
Hi Kevin, welcome to Friends of Amida


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