Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.
~ St Teresa
(in other words, Not Everything Is Impermanent!)
Namo Amida Bu _/\_
Added by Satyavani Robyn on August 7, 2014 at 10:03 — No Comments
Once per month I meet my friends in Newcastle, to catch up over some nice food. At the end of these nights, I walk home through a tough neighbourhood, to stay at my Mother's home, in the West end of Newcastle. I am always nervous making the 25 minute walk home; in my mind, every one I pass being my potential mugger or attacker. This has gone on for 20 years, since I moved south to Durham. This evening, I made this ritualistic walk home but something came over me. Something came to…Continue
Added by David Rogers on August 5, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments
Hi all - I was reading a marketing book this morning which said how important it was for 'potential customers' to know what you do so they can find you.
It led me to thinking about what I say when people ask me 'what kind of Buddhist are you?' or 'what do you do as a Pureland Buddhist?'.
Some of the answers I have seem inadequate at conveying even some of what our tradition includes - 'a devotional form of Buddhism' or 'we chant'...
I know that the main thing that is…Continue
Here is the recording from the talk I gave at last weekend's study morning here in Malvern: A Buddhist Approach to Self Confidence.
Added by Kaspalita on August 1, 2014 at 11:09 — No Comments
Spirituality is the spirit in which we do things. This is not necessarily conscious, chosen or understood. When we become conscious of it to any degree we try, at least implicitly, to make sense of it. We then might regard it as coming from our self, from (a) god, from the universe/nature, from our ancestors, or whatever, and this will define an aspect of our metaphysic, but even this constructive activity will be done in a certain spirit. It cannot help being speculative and motivated. Even…Continue
Added by Dharmavidya on July 30, 2014 at 12:55 — No Comments
Good Morning Friends of Amida
Today was a calm and relaxing day off for us at Eleusis. We took the day off to go to the lake and have a nice picnic with a friend of Amida. Jnanamati, Floor and I met up with our friend and had lunch by the lake. I had a nice relational talk with our neighbor friend and found much joy and peace.
I walked both sunrise and sunset, to the red and orange hues of essence. I felt a great sense of relief and compassion after my talks and…Continue
Ippen Shonin says;
Everybody laments not awakening faith that their birth is decisively settled. This is completely absurd. No settledness is to be found in the hearts of foolish beings. Settledness is the Name. Thus, even though you lack faith that your birth is decisively settled, if you say the Name leaving all to your lips, you will be born. Birth, then, does not depend on the attitude of heart and mind; it is through the Name that you will be born.If you think you can…Continue
Added by Jiko on July 16, 2014 at 15:26 — No Comments
Good day to Friends of Amida
I wanted to start a diary of my times here at Eleusis. Yesterday was a fine and sunny day. In the morning, I got up early around 5:30am and wrote for an hour. Then I went on a walk in the nearby farm lands to watch the sunrise while chanting Namo Amida Bu. It was really refreshing and invigorating. There are only a few neighbors and no one seems to be outside so it is perfect for walking meditation. I could see beautiful orange and red hues on the…Continue
Added by Hala Hoagland on July 16, 2014 at 7:35 — No Comments
Hello and Good day to Everyone
First of all, I would like to introduce myself to the Friends of Amida. My name is Hala Hoagland and I am currently volunteering for Dharmavidya's French retreat Eleusis. This is a check in really because I have only just arrived a few days back. I was immediately welcomed by Jnanamati and Floor with open arms. There are plenty of rooms available and we hope after reading this that you will want to join us here.
The property is well kept…Continue
*** 3rd Spreading Buddhism International Conference 2014 will be organized by Civil Rights Protection Cell, Ashwaghosh Buddhist Foundation (India) & Jeewak Welfare Society jointly association with AWAZ India TV, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar National Association of Engineers & Dr. Ambedkar Health Organization on October 18-19, 2014 at Nagpur (India). Following topics of the conference.
* Buddha Sangiti (For Monks only)
* Buddhist India & National Building
Added by Dr. Milind Jiwane on July 8, 2014 at 15:32 — No Comments
We are Pureland Buddhists in that we are part of that family of schools of Buddhism that have the nembutsu as our central practice. We are Amida Buddhists in that the nembutsu is to keep Buddha Amida in mind. This is true and important. Most fundamentally, however, if one wanted a term to designate the manner in which I present the Dharma to you, it would not be inappropriate to say that we are Refuge Buddhists.
Of course, in a sense, all Buddhists are Refuge Buddhists, since all take…Continue
I was asked today by a friend, why I practice Pureland Buddhism? Considering that I've been investigating, studying, and (to a lesser extent) practicing Buddhism for 17 years, what had made me take such a 'curve ball path' as that of Pureland and Buddha Recitation.
My answer was inspired by some reasoning that Dharmavidya gave about Pureland in his book Who loves dies well and also from Thich Thien Tam who has tranlated some wonderful Pureland…Continue
To understand this article we recommend you familiarise yourself with the presentation:
A number of Saints have explained the importance of chanting. Chanting means repetition of God’s Name. SSRF emphasises chanting…
Ethics are concerned with what is best to do in a situation. However, each situation that actually occurs is unique and the person confronting it at the time is also in a unique point in his or her own spiritual development. Thus, each person, at each point, must make a decision for which no formula can ever be entirely adequate. Nor does one face a situation with an entirely predictable outcome. Sometimes well meant actions produce bad results. Sometimes the inverse is true. In any case one…Continue
We stepped through the dew-laden grass taking in the purple spikes of erysimum, the sugary scent of the sweet-peas and the giant red skirts of the poppies.
If you haven’t had…
In the first part of the talk I made some preliminary remarks about how as Pureland Buddhists we can relate to these lists of…
This was originally a blog on Writing Our Way Home (a website that Satya and I run), but I thought it might fit here too.
6.00am. One of the cats comes in to the bedroom, meowing like the drawn out glissando of a singing-saw. I roll over in bed. The room is already light; the bedroom curtains are too thin and appear to glow in the dawn.
I try to ignore the wailing cat, who is just looking for attention, or…
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Added by Jiko on April 24, 2014 at 0:14 — No Comments
I found this in Honen's 'The Promise of Amida Buddha' this morning & thought you'd like it. Namo Amida Bu.
All of our deeds in the realms of samsara result from ties with the three worldly passions of greed, anger and ignorance. Understand that when the worldly passions of greed, anger, and ignorance surface, an illusion arises that causes one to fall into the lower realms. Do your best to prevent such an occurrence.
If these worldly passions arise, merely think…Continue