This week, myself, my colleagues and close friends, have all experienced more than our fair share of death! Three people who were close to us, or people that we knew well, have left this planet and continued on their respective journeys into the afterlife, leaving a tangible trace of sorrow and shock behind them. This unsettling brush with the inevitable, forced me to revisit and review my perspective on the subject of mortality.
Death plays quite a big part in the philosophy of the…Continue
I thought I'd share the reflection written by the team who organised the day - some lovely sentiment. Namo Amida Bu.
At the launch of the inaugural Interfaith week in 2009, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan…Continue
Added by Satyavani Robyn on November 19, 2015 at 17:30 — No 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…Continue
Hi all - for those of you on Facebook our sangha member Steve is creating images using Amida-shu and other Buddhist phrases - here's one and you can look at the others here. Do share. Namo Amida…Continue
Added by Satyavani Robyn on November 10, 2015 at 12:23 — No Comments
There has recently been an upsurge of activity on the web site for La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) - poetry, discussions, blog posts. Do have a look http://eleusis.ning.com/ and join if you want to keep up to date or contribute.
La Ville au Roi is my home in France.
Added by Dharmavidya on November 9, 2015 at 18:45 — No Comments
Flowers of Happiness
There are a lot of unhappy people in the world. Why? Could it be different? Is happiness a matter of personal responsibility? Do we have a duty to be happy? If so, should we feel guilty when we are not happy, a guiltiness that will, presumably, make us even more miserable?
The word happy is related to words like perhaps and happen. The word hap has disappeared from the English language, but you can find it in Shakespeare. This suggests a…Continue
Added by Sujatin on November 9, 2015 at 11:28 — No Comments
The problem with our lives is that we become too comfortable in our own skin. Our feet ground us to the floor from the moment we begin to walk. Our steps feel secure and purposeful, they take us in the direction we want them to go in. Life generally stays like that for quite sometime until some disaster strikes. Our body might physically fail us, causing disease or impairment, or we might encounter some emotional suffering, the loss of a partner or child for example. It doesn't really matter…Continue
Added by Sujatin on November 4, 2015 at 12:27 — No Comments
Since moving into the temple last October we've recently had a burgeoning energy for socially engaged work - now…Continue
I have had a little time to write some more of my book about my own journey. However the horrible scenes of the refugees trying to find a refuge after their experiences in war torn Syria awoke memories of my journey to Sarajevo in 2003 and seeing the aftermath of war.
Please wherever possible do say prayers and if possible help the suffering people who make it to our shores as I see Kaspa and Satya have been doing in Amida…Continue
Pureland Coming West
Bringing Pureland to the West one runs into a mesh of ideas that have developed in our very different Western context. A crucial ideological element in our Western outlook derives from Adam Smith and the idea that if each looks after his own (economic) interest it will bring (by means of a "hidden hand") the greatest good for all. This is a corner stone of our Western type of "individualism". At the same time, we also have a monotheistic…Continue
We all know that dukkha is the first of the Four Truths. These are often called the Four Noble Truths, though a more accurate translation is Four Truths for Noble Ones. This change of translation is significant. It is not that affliction and the dark patches in life are themselves noble, nor is it that they are things to get rid of. Rather, it is that they play a crucially important role in the spiritual paths of noble people.…Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on October 16, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments
''The world resists.'' was the opening line of the first ever interactive Buddhist retreat that I attended in the organisation that proved to be a conduit for the spiritual power by which I live my life these days. These three words, spoken in benign authority by my teacher and friend Dharmavidya, seemed to neatly encapsulate the essence of my struggles to come to terms with myself in the first few years of my recovery from compulsive and destructive behaviours. At the same time they…Continue
Added by Adam Dunsby on October 15, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments
I'd like to try to explain a point of Pureland teaching. Sometimes we may think that the teaching about being bombu is a kind of self-help remedy. Certainly, it does have its practical uses. It helps us to stay modest, to accept our and other people's failings and mistakes and generally to maintain a more balanced outlook and stay calm in difficult situations. However, there is an altogether deeper level.
Sometimes we might think that if I recognise my bombu nature then it will help…Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on October 13, 2015 at 21:05 — No Comments
Chitta is the mind or “heart”. In Buddhism, this chitta is conditioned by its object. We should ask ourselves, therefore, what is my heart set upon? What is it that comes glowingly to mind? What inspires the best in me and when do I turn toward it? When do I call it by name? And do i hear it calling me?
The practice of nembutsu is such a calling. In English, the word “calling” has two levels of meaning. It is an act, a single act that can be repetitive: “Namo Amida Bu… Namo Amida…Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on October 13, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments
Hi all - Kaspa & Sam (our new templemate) have set up a live stream for the continuous nembutsu we'll be doing here in the Malvern temple between 10am & 4pm tomorrow.
Save it to your computer or phone now: …
Hi all - new Dharma talks here, taking refuge by me and also a couple of shorter talks from our recent retreat day on making friends with yourself.
Also we're hoping to livestream our chanting day this Saturday - keep an eye on our Facebook page if you'd like to listen along (will try and post the link here too).
Added by Satyavani Robyn on October 8, 2015 at 16:58 — No Comments
Added by Venerable Ruksen on October 7, 2015 at 11:42 — No Comments
Hello all - I'm grateful that as last year Amida Trust supported me to travel to the beautiful Rigpa temple in Berlin where I represented Amida-Shu at the European Buddhist Union annual meeting. This was attended by forty Buddhist teachers and head of Buddhists Unions from…Continue
Added by Satyavani Robyn on September 29, 2015 at 14:25 — No Comments