Our small but lovely Birmingham group met at Adrian's house on Saturday afternoon. As always with this group, to meet like this reminded us all what a wonderful thing it is to be able to practise…Continue
I'm currently putting together a 'Reading List' for students on the Vow 22 ministry training course.
I'm obviously including all the key works by Dharmavidya, as well as important 'Foundational Texts' by Ancestors, such as Honen, and material either referred to in the lectures or other matter which people associated with Vow 22 have found helpful.
I want here to reach out to you, the wider Amida community, and ask you to suggest reading material which you may have found…Continue
Our little group met today, and how wonderful it was to see everyone. We try to meet once a month, but this has not been possible recently, as everyone has such full diaries. To meet up again after a bit of a break reminds us, I think, how much we all mean to each other, and of the sense of solidarity and fellowship practising together brings, with a bit of chanting, a bit of meditation and some reading from 'The Feeling Buddha'.Nothing too complicated, but a cup of tea, a piece of cake, and…Continue
This is by way of something of a New Year's Resolution,I suppose. I'm really going to try to stop seeing the Pure Land as 'just' a metaphor, and to view it as absolutely real. In other words,I'm not going to 'soften' the dharma and compromise its integrity to make it acceptable to people to whom the 'scientific' world view is the only mode of perception. I have absolutely no quarrel with science - it has its own, often very effective, approach to the universe, and spirituality has its own…Continue
I've just got back from a couple of wonderful days and nights of chanting at the Buddha House, and would like to thank everyone there for their mind-blowing love, commitment and support.It is hard work, and I've only partaken of a fraction of it:our friends who've been chanting since last week, and who will not finish until tomorrow, have shown, in my view, real nobilty and a rare kind of spiritual courage. The world is fortunate to have them, and I am honoured to know them.