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Richard Ollier
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  • Birmingham
  • United Kingdom
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Richard Ollier's Discussions

Birmingham Amida Group - meeting yesterday.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Katrien Sercu May 9, 2012. 3 Replies

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


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Richard Ollier posted a blog post

Heat, passion, teenagers and the Dharma!

As a retired secondary school teacher with nearly forty years of experience under my belt, I found myself yesterday (on the second hottest day of the year so far) back in the classroom again. I visited a wonderful secondary school not far from Worcester to join colleagues from other faith traditions in a 'Diversity Day' for 13/14 year olds. The idea, of course, was not to 'convert' but to inform and educate the young people about the incredible richness and variety of spiritual life in the…See More
Jul 21, 2016
Richard Ollier commented on Jnañamati's group Anshin Retreat Talks 2016
"A deep bow of gratitude, Dharmavidya, for these heartening talks which really 'take us out of ourselves'. Thanks, too, to dear Jnanamati for posting them and hence making them available. Love and Namo Amida Bu."
Jul 19, 2016
Richard Ollier 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 19, 2016
Richard Ollier replied to Sujatin's discussion 'Not something done as a form of meditation' ~ Dharmavidya in the group Pureland Buddhism
"Thank you, Sujatin and Dharmavidya - and yes, I agree with Satya, how fortunate and blessed we are to be receiving these precious teachings as Dharmavidya's recovery proceeds. Gratitude and Namo Amida Bu."
Feb 25, 2016
Richard Ollier joined Dharmavidya's group

Pureland Buddhism

A group for the discussion of the central theory and ideas of Pureland Buddhism
Feb 25, 2016
Richard Ollier commented on Kaspalita's blog post News from the temple: rainy days and duvet days
"Lovely to hear all the news; thanks, Kaspa. There's a lot to be said for a duvet day, now and again! NAB and all best wishes to everyone in Malvern."
Feb 9, 2016
Richard Ollier commented on Adam Dunsby's blog post Home from home
"So pleased to read this, Adam. Take care and much loving kindness to Dharmavidya and you all. Namo Amida Bu, Rich."
Feb 8, 2016
Richard Ollier liked Kaspalita's blog post Latest from Dharmavidya
Feb 6, 2016
Richard Ollier liked Kaspalita's blog post Prayer for Dharmavidya
Jan 31, 2016
Richard Ollier is attending Satyavani Robyn's event

Study Retreat Day: based on Who Loves Die Well at Amida Mandala Buddhist Temple

August 13, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
“READING DHARMAVIDYA’S ‘WHO LOVES DIES WELL’: A PURELAND TEXT IN EVERYDAY LIFE.”This one day workshop (based on materials from a Vow 22 Chaplaincy Training Course Module) will give students the opportunity to read together and discuss material from Dharmavidya’s important and popular book ‘Who Lives Dies Well’. The nature, meaning and significance of the text will be explored, as well as ways of ‘using’ its insights in everyday life and as part of chaplaincy/ministry work.Participants do not…See More
Jan 21, 2016
Richard Ollier liked Sujatin's blog post A message from Jnanamati in Delhi, 15 January '16
Jan 17, 2016
Richard Ollier commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"Yes, joy and peace to one and all. Good to hear from you Rob, Ian etc. Namo Amida Bu."
Dec 22, 2015
Richard Ollier commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"Every kind thought to you and your family, Sujatin. Namo Amida Bu. x"
Dec 18, 2015
Richard Ollier liked Adam Dunsby's event Drop-in Chanting Day in Birmingham.
Dec 18, 2015
Richard Ollier is attending Adam Dunsby's event

Drop-in Chanting Day in Birmingham. at Kings Heath Birmingham.

January 9, 2016 all day
Join us for some happy chanting at our beautiful venue in Kings Heath Birmingham between 10 and 4 on Saturday the 9th of January 2016. Stay all day or just pop in for a look. We'll be alternating between periods of sitting and walking whilst chanting the name of Amitabah Buddha continuously. There will be good food and drink available and people are encouraged to bring and share their vegan food. We do ask for a donation of whatever you can afford towards the cost of room and food. The address…See More
Dec 18, 2015
Richard Ollier liked Satyavani Robyn's blog post Our year anniversary at Amida Mandala
Nov 29, 2015

Profile Information

About Me:
Hi , I'm already in Friends of Amida, but, as I didn't have an e-mail address, I joined using my wife's e-mail address. As I now have my own e-mail address, here I am again! I'm a semi-retired teacher who has recently started the Vow 22 programme, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I'm fifty-eight
(how old?!?) and have two grown-up sons. I love Shakespeare, poetry and the natural world - hope this doesn't sound too highbrow or make me sound too serious!
Lots of loving kindness to all! By the way, I've been involved with Buddhism for over twenty years, but joining Vow 22 seems like coming home.
Faith Background & Affiliation
I was associated with a Theravada monastery for nearly twenty years as a lay member but currently have no affiliation
Occupation or Primary Activity
Semi-retired teacher
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Please see above- I have a long interest in Buddhism - since my teens, and have been particularly pleased to discover the more faith-based emphasis in Amida.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I have very kindly been accepted onto the Vow 22 programme.
How did you find this web site?
I went to the Buddhist House
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.
Solihull B93
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
The Arts, reading, music ,(play basic guitar, trying to teach myself mandolin!), history, the countrside. I want to be
helpful , but not sure what real expertise I have to offer!
I have plenty of good will !

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Heat, passion, teenagers and the Dharma!

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 9:10 1 Comment

As a retired secondary school teacher with nearly forty years of experience under my belt, I found myself yesterday (on the second hottest day of the year so far) back in the classroom again. I visited a wonderful secondary school not far from Worcester to join colleagues from other faith traditions in a 'Diversity Day' for 13/14 year olds. The idea, of course, was not to 'convert' but to inform and educate the young people about the incredible richness and variety of spiritual life in the…


Last Saturday at Amida Birmingham.

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 9:49 5 Comments

Nine people turned up for our monthly service, chanting and discussion session! Our largest congregation so far: Namo Amida Bu! 

It was a lovely morning - and very 'sonically enriching', I think one might say. We meet in a church centre, which has lots of meeting rooms, a kitchen, cafe etc. In the gaps in our chanting the sound of hymns drifted in from the Evangelical meeting in the room next door, and,on the other side, in the main church, a group of Eritrean Christians (many of…


Amida Birmingham: second meeting in our lovely new venue!

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 9:06 0 Comments

Early rain and damp greyness soon gave way to lovely spring sunshine here in Birmingham as our local group met here in Birmingham under the leadership of our dear Sanghamitra. Our new venue (at the All Saints' Centre, Vicarage Rd, King's Heath - where we normally meet at 10 am on the second Saturday of each month) has a light and airy room with real stained glass windows and an excellent 'vibe' to it. There we set out our altar and mats and enjoyed a couple of hours of joyful worship,…


New Venue for Amida Birmingham!

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 19:41 0 Comments

Amida Birmingham's monthly meetings are moving to a new venue:

Marjorie Allen Room, All Saints' Centre, 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 7RA.

The first meeting will be Saturday 14th March 2015, 10.00 am until noon.

If you live in the area, do join us for a couple of hours of Pureland worship and discussion - we'd love to see you!

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At 16:42 on November 16, 2014, Michael Shinyo said…

Namo Amida Bu
At 12:43 on October 5, 2014, John Croxon said…

Thanks Richard, great to be here 

At 13:34 on April 4, 2014, Steve Durham said…

Thanks, Richard.  I just wanted to make sure my memory wasn't faulty and the credit actually existed.  I'll look forward to reconnecting with Vow22!

At 23:26 on May 8, 2013, Liam Meekins said…

Thanks Richard. Good to connect here. I enjoy the discussions. Hope all is well with you too.

At 15:15 on April 13, 2012, Satyavani Robyn said…

Lovely to see you both Richard! The mortgage app seems to be going through ok so far, so fingers crossed... Hope to see you again soon, keep in touch, & thank you both for the beautiful double daffs. NAB x

At 19:41 on November 11, 2011, Jnañamati said…

Hello Richard

Accommodation is £13.50 a night (Student basic) - I was aware that you had completed the online form which incidentally Aramati is managing so will let her know. I am looking forward to having you join us. Hoping all is well with you. Kind wishes, Namo Amida Bu

At 16:09 on February 10, 2011, Jnañamati said…

Hello Richard

Its good to hear from you, seems like it has been a while. Yes the work is progressing here in India. I hope all is well with you and that with Kaspa's assistance a group can begin to develop in the area. Do stay in touch and let me know how things are going.

kind wishes


At 7:19 on December 9, 2010, Kuvalaya said…
Dear Richard, it was so wonderful to share in the chanting with you this year! I realised that I didn't get a chance to say good bye to you and just wanted to say that it was lovely being able to spend time with you at this Bodhi retreat. A very warm welcome to the Shu and I'm looking forward to many more chats and cups of tea to come....
Warm wishes. Namo Amida Bu!
At 22:20 on December 8, 2010, Padmaghosa Tony Danford said…
It was lovely meeting you again as well, Richard. No need to have concern for my health; the combined might of the Royal Free are doing their bit (a wonderful sense of being very well supported) and it's nothing serious - something hormonal maybe, just not diagnosed yet. How we like things named. Namo Amida Bu!
At 21:07 on December 8, 2010, Jnañamati said…
Thank you for your comments Richard, I'm glad that the Bodhi retreat turned out to be such a powerful experience. I look forward to remaining in correspondence and hope to see you sometime towards the end of February. Namo Amida Bu


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