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Eleusis diary July 16, 2014

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…

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Added by Hala Hoagland on July 17, 2014 at 9:23 — 2 Comments

How can you be certain of birth into the Pure Land ?

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…

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Added by Jiko on July 16, 2014 at 15:26 — No Comments

Eleusis diary July 15, 2014

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…

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Added by Hala Hoagland on July 16, 2014 at 7:35 — No Comments

Eleusis Check-in Monday July 14, 2014

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…

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Added by Hala Hoagland on July 14, 2014 at 18:39 — 3 Comments

3rd Spreading Buddhism International Conference 2014 will be held at Nagpur (India) on October 18-19, 2014

*** 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

* Buddhism…

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Added by Dr. Milind Jiwane on July 8, 2014 at 15:32 — No Comments

Refuge Buddhism

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…

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Added by Dharmavidya on July 8, 2014 at 6:48 — 1 Comment

Why I practice Pureland Buddhism?

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…

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Added by David Rogers on July 4, 2014 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Benefits of chanting

via Dharmavidya:

To understand this article we recommend you familiarise yourself with the presentation:

1. Benefits of chanting – an introduction

A number of Saints have explained the importance of chanting. Chanting means repetition of God’s Name. SSRF emphasises chanting…

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Added by Sujatin on July 2, 2014 at 12:04 — 1 Comment

The view from the moral high ground

In a post 9/11 world I feel constantly bombarded by stories of how Islam is a backward violent religion. Leaning leftwards as I do politically and having worked in the media I'm aware that alot of what's written and broadcast isn't the whole truth. However the drip drip drip effect inevitably leaves me feeling that my religion is somehow morally superior to all others especially the demonised Islam. Thus it has been an uncomfortable and revealing experience to read about Buddhist mobs filled… Continue

Added by Howard on June 17, 2014 at 16:32 — 3 Comments

A Theory of Ethics

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…

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Added by Dharmavidya on June 3, 2014 at 3:42 — 9 Comments

Cat poo & enlightenment

This morning I led people in kinhin – walking meditation – v e r y slowly around our garden. 



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…

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Added by Satyavani Robyn on May 30, 2014 at 10:57 — 2 Comments

Audio talk: A Buddhist Approach to Living in Harmony



Last Saturday I presented a talk on A Buddhist Approach to Living in Harmony. I wanted to share some advice the Buddha gave to those living in lay communities, and in spiritual communities. This advice comes from the Mahaparanibanna Sutta, and as with much of the Buddha's teaching appears as lists of virtues.

In the first part of the talk I made some preliminary remarks about how as Pureland Buddhists we can relate to these lists of…

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Added by Kaspalita on April 30, 2014 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

What I learnt from staying in bed....

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 Kaspalita on April 24, 2014 at 12:39 — No Comments

Ippen Shonin Golden Words

Reply written to bishop kogen, who asked about the mind firmly settled in nembutsu.



You have asked me to discuss the proper attitude of the person practicing nembutsu. Outside of saying Namu Amida Butsu, there is no proper attitude whatever; outside of this, there is no settled mind to be discussed. A multitude of doctrines have been established and left behind by the many wise masters, but they are all merely temporary statements made in response to different… Continue

Added by Jiko on April 24, 2014 at 0:14 — No Comments

Nembutsu as the host of the heart

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…

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Added by Satyavani Robyn on April 23, 2014 at 8:44 — 4 Comments

Spirituality and Religion



Greetings,

I read this article below by Clark Strand recently, and loved it. While the context is here is Christian, those who've encountered Clark, here and elsewhere, will…

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Added by Mat Osmond on April 11, 2014 at 21:22 — 4 Comments

Namo Amida Bu....throw it all away!

How can it be 

That delusional beings 

Can understand?

Thinking wisdom

Comes from paper

Thinking faith

Comes out of them 

Wasting time

On concepts and ideas

Of the Pure Land 

Throw it all away!

Just let go

Don't be afraid

Everything you need

Comes out of the Name

Inspired by Ippen Shonin 

Added by Jiko on March 31, 2014 at 19:19 — No Comments

Themes from "Being Somebody Being Nobody"

I am leading a two day event in Milan on the theme "Being somebody being nobody". The group are mostly psychology/psychiatry people and mindfulness people. All but one have experience of meditation, in some cases over many years. The predominating traditions practised are Tibetan Mahayana on the one hand and Vipassana on the other. In my introduction I said that I saw my role as being to facilitate an exploration of the theme while giving the group some introduction to Buddhist psychology. I…

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Added by Dharmavidya on March 30, 2014 at 7:44 — No Comments

Running Tide 31: REVEREND MASTER JIYU KENNETT Dharmavidya David Brazier

I met Reverend Master Jiyu Kennett for the first time in Gloucestershire at a practice venue that no longer exists called the Tathata Centre. Roshi, as I knew her, was recently returned from Japan.


Roshi was English, born in Hastings and had been educated as a church organist. She became interested in Buddhism in her youth and joined the London Buddhist…
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Added by Running Tide on March 28, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

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