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It is good to pray ~ Dharmavidya

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Sujatin added 2 discussions to the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya
Oct 4, 2016
Sujatin commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"I’m so grateful for the box of local vegetables from Blairgowrie, that appears on the bench beside my front door....: : link"
Oct 3, 2016
Sujatin added a discussion to the group Larger Pureland Sutra Dharma Talks
Sep 30, 2016
Sujatin added a discussion to the group Amida Scotland

Amida Scotland on the new site

Dear all - you will find our new home here :: linkSee More
Sep 30, 2016
Sujatin added a discussion to the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya

The Means of Training are Thousandfold ~ Dharmavidya

What is Buddhist ‘training’? I have written on the dangers of misunderstanding this term before. Here I would like to try to say a little more, since this is an important issue for all of us and especially for those who have made a full time commitment to the Dharma life.Essentially ‘training’ refers to the transformation that goes on in one through the medium of the relationship that one has with a Dharma teacher. It is the relationship that provides the motive and power. The term ‘training’…See More
Sep 29, 2016
Sujatin commented on Sujatin's group Monday Nembutsu
"I'm putting all my comments here now as this site will close soon. Please come and join the new Virtual Temple. I just wrote about…"
Sep 27, 2016
Sujatin added a discussion to the group Buddhist Teaching by Dharmavidya

Faith and Grace ~ Sujatin

I was asked a question about faith 10 years ago and this was my reply. It still stands:For me faith has grown out of the feeling of confidence that the Buddha’s teachings have truly been a source of refuge. They have made such a difference to my life, for which I am immeasurably grateful. And filled with awe, as what I receive I cannot feel is due, in any way,  to my own deserving. So, for me, Pureland is the form of Buddhism that works particularly, although I appreciate all other schools.…See More
Sep 23, 2016
Sujatin added a discussion to the group Amida Newsletter

Whispers from the Bamboo Grove, Amida Newsletter #40: Introducing our new Virtual Temple

As you know - we are on the move and this site will shortly be no more. Read about the move in the newsletter below. An exciting new development - and an invitation.Come and join us!Not all of you live near an Amida temple or centre. And so Kaspa and Satya have been very busy on your behalf, building a brand new virtual temple to help you feel connected…See More
Sep 21, 2016

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About Me:
I was born in Edinburgh in 1946 and raised, from the age of 3, in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have also lived in London, on a Victorian yacht off the Essex coast, other parts of the S.E. N.W. and N.E. of England. I'm a wife, mother of two and grandmother of four teenagers. I have a Maine Coon cat. For over twenty years I was a schoolteacher, mainly teaching Reception Class pupils but also Secondary pupils with Special Needs. I have also worked as a radiographer, a knitwear designer, a waitress, a cleaner, a shop assistant and a clerk and I have run a yacht chandlery.

I retired from school teaching in 1996 on health grounds - I have M.E. However this allowed me the opportunity to train with Dharmavidya and to ordain as an Amida Minister, for which I am extremely grateful.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Pureland Buddhist
Occupation or Primary Activity
Acharya, Senior Buddhist Minister
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Amida Scotland will start meeting on August 4th 2015. Before my move I led the Amida Newcastle group and was Buddhist Chaplain at Newcastle University from 2003 - 2014
What is your interest in Amida-shu
I met Dharmavidya in 1998, took Refuge at the beginning of 1999 and, since then, continue studying and practicing with Amida. I was part of the first Ministry Training cohort.
How did you find this web site?
Invited to join by Dharmavidya
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.
Perth, Scotland PH2
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
What can you offer to other members of this network?
Guide, Expertise
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
Reading, cinema, knitting, photography, music. I used to sail and climb and love to spend time in the Lake District or at the beach. I knit and sew - when there's time - and hope to learn to play my mandolin, ukulele and harmonium one day!
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Posted on September 12, 2016 at 14:45 1 Comment

Over 200 leaders of the UK's major faiths met this morning in London to call on the Prime Minister to do more to help refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict. The Amida Order's Acharya Modgala, who does sterling and important work as the …

Reverend Ananda: "Do Good Anyway"

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 6:36 2 Comments

On a recent Thursday, the non-profit that I run received a call from an older woman who needed help. She said she was living in a house without power or water, which is not that uncommon where we live. Like many others, she did not have a car. Most distressing, she said she did not have any food. I believe her exact answer, when I asked her if she had any food was, “I have a can of beans.”

There was more to her story and I spent quite a bit of time listening to all the twists and…


Sogyal Rinpoche talks about Brexit

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 9:18 0 Comments

Sogyal Rinpoche writes:

I have a special connection with the United Kingdom —it's a country I love very much. It’s a place where I’ve spent so much of my time and grown over the years. Many of my oldest and closest friends are British, and much of my education was influenced by the British model. So if there is one place in the West that I associate myself with most of all, it is Great Britain, which is why I am genuinely concerned by…

Mary Oliver: "I Worried"

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 14:28 0 Comments

Seems an apt poem for us Pureland Buddhists:

Mary Oliver: "I Worried"

I worried a lot. Will the garden…

Thursday 28 April - update on Dharmavidya's health

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 11:07 0 Comments

Dharmavidya writes:

28th Apr ~ Consultation at the Big Hospital

Today I went to the hospital in Cleremont Ferrand. Adam drove me there and back. It was nice to have a chauffeur. We stopped quite a number of times. I found the journey tiring but manageable. The journey back was greatly helped by some strong…


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At 17:15 on September 4, 2016, NAMGYAL said…

Dear Dharma Jewel,

thanks for your kindness,I'm 'lay' and just an absolute begginer so please forgive the lack of awareness as I try to deepen my understanding of Lord Buddha and his Great Teachings! Sincerely N.

At 9:02 on November 4, 2015, Jnañamati said…

Pablo, welcome. 

At 17:25 on November 2, 2015, Pablo Hernández said…


Thanks for sharing. Now I am abboard.


At 7:11 on September 15, 2015, Vasilis Kyriakis said…

Efcharisto poly kalimera!

At 21:34 on September 10, 2015, Beckie Phillips said…

Thank you for your warm welcome,with the love and guidence from the Amida trust, on my spiritual journey I know I will be in good company. Namo Amida Bu 

At 10:33 on July 13, 2015, Lesley Eastman said…

Thank you for your warm welcome to me. I don't spend a great deal of time online and I'm not a member of Facebook or Twitter so I may need some help in joining chat rooms and discussions on this site.

Since becoming aware of Amida Buddhism I have experienced a gentleness and softness entering my soul and the beginnings of a faith in something outside but yet part of me which is giving me refuge in troubled times. I am learning about the Pureland and Nyorai (whose name I love saying because it fills me with a love I have not experienced before.

I have been working full time with homeless people for nearly 7 years now and I have found both comfort and nurture in Amida which is allowing me to continue with this emotionally affecting work and is preventing my burn out.

Looking forward to becoming more involved and I am looking into the Retreat Dec 8th in Malvern a place I visited many times as a child.

Namo Amida Bu

At 22:30 on November 30, 2014, David Masters said…
Thank you for your prompt and helpful welcome. I look forward to exploring, learning from and participating in the Amida community.
Namo Amida Bu
At 20:00 on November 21, 2014, Acharya Modgala Louise Duguid said…

Hi sis, could not get into my old account so started anew.

Hope you are settling in well in bonnie scotland

lots of love xxxxx

At 7:27 on October 15, 2014, ALVARO TOBIAS SUSANO said…

Thank you very much !! It's satisfactory.

Namo Amida Bu

At 17:11 on September 8, 2014, Andrew Furst said…

Appreciate the help and the welcome.  I look forward to more discussions after I spend some time on the site.  A short term goal for me is to determine if I should affiliate my current Sangha with Amida Trust.  A few years ago my teacher retired and I've been searching for a new Sangha.  I watched a video by Dharmavidya on Tricycle recently and was thrilled to hear him teaching the Pure Land.  He also provided a review of my new book, for which I am very grateful. 

When I've made the determination if this might be worth exploring, who would I talk to?

Namo Amitofo, 

Andrew Furst



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