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Thursday 28 April - update on Dharmavidya's health

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…


Added by Sujatin on April 29, 2016 at 11:07 — No Comments

Psychologists Reveal One Of The Best Ways To Boost Your Mood

This article begins, 'It's not what you may think' - but I think it probably *is* what Buddhists may think!


Added by Sujatin on April 26, 2016 at 13:03 — 1 Comment

News from Amida Mandala

We've just had a short burst of hail. As the hail came down, drumming against the windows and covering the garden in white, I could see the edge of the cloud moving away from us. Within a few moments peace returned, blue sky and sunshine appearing again.

Ten or so days ago, we spent Saturday chanting nembutsu for six hours, and in the evening had a sangha meal, cooked by a wonderful team in the kitchen. It's great to see people working together, offering help and accepting…


Added by Kaspalita on April 26, 2016 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

New Aspirant

Thank You!

All who took part in the service last night in Malvern.
Especially Rev Kaspa and BM Fiona, for doing such a wonderful job of helping me become an Aspirant.

Namo Amida Bu

Added by Steve Stanley on April 21, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Three Hymns of Trouble

At home, having to deal with being off work ill and having to deal with my dispute with work, I find that my hymn writing is helping me. Here are 3:


With my catastrophising anxiety,                                                          

How can I cope with all this?

Namo Amida Bu.

You have to stand up to bullies;                              …


Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 20, 2016 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Being Uncertain

I have been off work with illness since early February. This has given me some chance (when I haven't been too ill) to be quiet and allow myself to discover that I am open to change. So now I am investigating other work options, and retraining. My current work has become progressively more difficult and I think now I realise it is too difficult for me and making me ill. So now I am uncertain. I don't like uncertainty, in fact this is part of my illness. So I am having to learn to endure…


Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 14, 2016 at 11:24 — No Comments

My talk at the EBU conference

I had intended to record the talk, but I was so nervous I forgot how to work the recorder. Instead, I've written up this account.

Saturday night. The evening before I was due to give my talk at the European Buddhist Conference. I was starting to feel nervous. Whenever my mind drifted towards…


Added by Kaspalita on April 12, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

European Buddhist Conference - a lovely time was had by all!

Kaspa & I returned yesterday from Berlin, from the three day conference for European Buddhists that I helped Ron Eichhorn, a German Yun Hwa Buddhist, to organise.

We had 85 partipants from many different countries across Europe and from many different Buddhist schools. Kaspa gave a rather beautiful Pureland Dharma talk on the Sunday which was very well received - I wish he'd pressed the right button on his recorder and I could send it…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on April 4, 2016 at 19:39 — No Comments

Compassion fatigue | Is this what I am experiencing?

Good Day:

Only recently I have felt what could be described as compassion fatigue. I am a psychotherapist who has taken the courses on it, has done much to prevent it, and as soon as I started digging deeper into Amida, I started shifting in how I viewed myself, the world and, my work.

I no longer desire to work with trauma and betrayal, though do want to expand my work with wellness, stress reduction, life purpose and anxiety reduction. 

Though I have no intention of…


Added by Michele P. on March 30, 2016 at 15:08 — 2 Comments

Reposting Item by Elja Stoel: Ancestor Ceremony

SUNDAY 27 Mar ~ An Omen from the Ancestor

Original can be seen at

Yesterday was already completely in the spirit of today. Yesterday…


Added by Dharmavidya on March 28, 2016 at 16:20 — No Comments

Easter ceremony at Amida Mandala

Death and renewal go together like dark and light, like out-breath and in-breath. Who are the people you miss? Where are your new beginnings?
Today we performed the…

Added by Satyavani Robyn on March 27, 2016 at 14:12 — 1 Comment

What's your favourite veggie recipe?

There's a good article in the Independent today which speaks about the global benefits of people becoming vegan/veggie or even just eat…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on March 23, 2016 at 11:37 — 1 Comment

Bending reality to our will

This morning the blue wooden bench next to our vegetable plot was bathed in sunshine. Satya and a friend were already sat there, enjoying the view and each others company, when I woke up.

As I drank my morning cup of tea (redbush - these days I avoid caffine, although I still enjoy the ritual of a morning brew) I looked forward to the day ahead. Monday is our rest day, but this week our Saturday had been appointment free, and I felt well rested. I thought I might do a few small…


Added by Kaspalita on March 21, 2016 at 17:27 — No Comments

Walking: The Bodhisattva Way

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…


Added by Ananda on March 19, 2016 at 22:17 — No Comments

News from the temple - gardening :)

The sun is just starting to come through the ash-grey clouds. There is a brightening corner of the sky.

We have had a few beautiful days of sunshine here in Malvern. The air has been cold, cold enough to see my breath, but there has been such wonderful light. Sitting on the bench in the garden…


Added by Kaspalita on March 16, 2016 at 11:21 — 2 Comments

Stories of birth in the Pure Land

When I first encountered Pure Land Buddhism, it was through the Chinese schools. These schools are full of stories of birth in the Pure Land, also stories of the practice of nembutsu in life. Personally, I find these stories to be helpful for our faith.

There are stories of Ojo in Japan also, although not as much and, very different in description which I found to be odd.

The difference in stories, I can only assume is because of the different reliance on vows. 19th vow promising a… Continue

Added by Jiko on March 16, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Sharing the Nembutsu

My mother is bed bound in a nursing home. Other than me, she does not get many visitors. Soon my wife and I will be moving farther away so that my wife may attend law school.

I decided to share the Nembutsu with mom. I told her an abridged story of Amida and told her the significance of the name. I told her that I and many others recite the Nembutsu and that through it we are connected. I told her that if she misses me, experiences pain, or even happiness, she can say the Nembutsu and…


Added by Johnathan Robertson on March 14, 2016 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Love and Destiny ~ The Way of Aśvaghoṣa ~ Dharmavidya

Mysterious Man of Letters

Aśvaghoṣa was born into a Brahmin family in Saketa in Northern India. He is counted as one of the early masters of Buddhism, teacher of …


Added by Sujatin on March 10, 2016 at 10:50 — No Comments

A Key and a Window ~ Dharmavidya

Summary of Faith & Practice ~ Part Eight

TextDeep wisdom is indeed there, for the nembutsu is a window through which the whole universe of Buddha’s teaching can be percieved in all its depth…


Although the nembutsu seems to be and is a very simple practice, we should not, for that reason, think that it negates any part of Buddha’s teaching. The Pureland teaching is one perspective on Buddha’s whole Dharma.…


Added by Sujatin on March 10, 2016 at 10:43 — No Comments

The Samadhi of Equality ~ Dharmavidya

Equality is a religious vision. Nowadays, of course, it has become associated with a secular political agenda, but this agenda lies in the realm of religious ideals. Nobody has ever seen an empirical society of equality. Everything in the secular world is arranged on a hierarchical scale. If, on secular reductionist principles, one should only believe in what one has seen and had evidenced, then nobody should have any faith in equality, yet this faith is widespread and powerful. Take…


Added by Sujatin on March 10, 2016 at 10:28 — No Comments

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