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Ananda's Friends

  • Mel Harkrader Pine
  • Michele P.
  • Brian Huffman
  • Steve Durham
  • Jiko
  • Kevin Nelson
  • Bhodi Anjo Daishin
  • Colin Mitchell
  • Satyavani Robyn
  • Moshe Mandelman
  • Konchog Upasaka
  • Jnañamati
  • Steve Berkoff
  • SaYo
  • Julie


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Satyavani Robyn commented on Ananda's blog post Interfaith Prayer Vigil
"Hi Ananda - lovely photo. Great to hear about the interfaith work going on with you - such important work. We seem to have a good strong thread of it in Amida-Shu around the world. Namo Amida Bu!"
Jun 19, 2016
Ananda posted a blog post

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

Aloha Friends,Here is a photo from our Interfaith Prayer Vigil held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo Hawaii. The event was attended by sixty or so community members. Pictured are some of the members of the "Interfaith Community in Action."Namo Amida Bu!AnandaSee More
Jun 17, 2016
Robert McCarthy left a comment for Ananda
"Thanks for your friends request Ananda, Namo Amida Bu"
May 2, 2016
Ananda 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
Ananda posted a status
"Gave a prevention to our Interfaith Community on Amida, The Pure Land, and homelessness."
May 2, 2016
Ananda posted a status
"Here my latest blog post, "Agape and Christian Charity.""
Apr 23, 2016
Ananda commented on Kaspalita's group AMIDA USA
"The best way to follow what the folks in Hawaii, the home of Amida USA, are doing is to check out our FB page under Amida USA."
Apr 23, 2016
Ananda posted a status
"An iPhone does not work in dream consciousness, as I discovered when I was trying to look up a bus schedule last night in a dream. NAB!"
Apr 18, 2016

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About Me:
Ananda and his wife Judy currently live on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ananda is a long time Buddhist practitioner and ordained member of the Order of Amida Buddha. Ananda is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Place of Puna, a non-profit that provides assistance to families struggling the raise safe and healthy children in East Hawaii.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Buddhist, Ordained member of the Order of Amida Buddha
Occupation or Primary Activity
Executive Director of a non-profit
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
I was raised in a very traditional protestant home but converted to Buddhism when I was 18. In my 20s and early 30s I studied in many lineages and traditions of Buddhism as well as a Shivinanda lineage of Yoga. I have an academic background in Philosophy and Religion with an advanced degree in Religion.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I have a long history with the Amida Trust. Primarily I am interested making the Dharma available.
How did you find this web site?
Invited to Join
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.
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Interfaith Prayer Vigil

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 3:29 1 Comment

Aloha Friends,

Here is a photo from our Interfaith Prayer Vigil held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo Hawaii. The event was attended by sixty or so community members. Pictured are some of the members of the "Interfaith Community in Action."

Namo Amida Bu!



Walking: The Bodhisattva Way

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 22:17 0 Comments

Walking Nembutsu is a good metaphor for the Bodhisattva life. Like many important religious practices, the instructions for walking Nembutsu are quite simple. We walk alone, or in a group, clockwise around an image of the Buddha. While walking, we call out the name of the Buddha. The name is often sung to a simple…


Is Religious Education Important?

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 20:35 1 Comment

Recently I had the very good fortune to have a wonderful vegetarian dinner at a friend's house.  I was in the good company of some very educated people: 2 Ph.D.'s, 1M.A., and 1M.S.


Quickly the discussion worked its way around to religion.  I discover that, in one…


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At 1:37 on May 2, 2016, Robert McCarthy said…

Thanks for your friends request Ananda, Namo Amida Bu

At 5:53 on January 25, 2011, Kevin Nelson said…

Thanks Paul,

          I took my Girlfriend to the Jodo Shinshu temple in Seattle and taught her Nembutsu.I saw a very positive change in her, I see her gloom lifting and a new enthusiasm dawning. The gratitude I feel is overwhelming, and this site is just a small token of my gratitude towards Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

          I attended Sensei Unno's lectures when I lived in New England but fell away from Shin due to lack of association, so this is my sangha, all of you.

                                                                       Namo Amida Butsu,


At 12:08 on April 6, 2010, Bhaktika said…
Hi Paul
Just catching up with this.
Good to see your photos and stuff.
Life as ever hectic for Sundari and myself. Would be lovely to see you and Judy again sometimes.
with love, Bhaktika/Mike
At 0:08 on February 12, 2010, Moshe Mandelman said…
Hi Paul, nice to have you as a friendnd. Namo Amida Bu
At 13:13 on January 28, 2009, Susthama said…
Hi Paul,

Great to see you here!
At 17:28 on January 27, 2009, Niko Byoyo Burkhardt said…
hey! we are in Texas. It is below freezing and raining right now. We can't drive anywhere because of ice on the roads.

Sorry to hear about Krishna. He is a sweet dog.

Miss you guys.
At 9:20 on January 27, 2009, Kaspalita said…
Hi Paul, Great to see you here,

namo amida bu
At 4:50 on January 26, 2009, Dharmavidya said…
Welcome to Ning. Namo Amida Bu.


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