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New Dharma talk - following your dreams

What is your dream?

How can we tell the difference between dreams which are good to follow and those we should give up? Listen to my Dharma talk on following your dreams here.

Added by Satyavani Robyn on September 20, 2014 at 15:34 — No Comments

Everything's changing & Friends of Amida Mandala mailing list

Hi all - I've written a blog about some of the story-so-far of the new Amida temple in Malvern, copied below. 

We've also started a 'Friends of Amida Mandala' mailing list - if you'd like to get monthly-ish updates on what's going on, do email me or leave me a message with your email here. 

Namo Amida Bu!



Added by Satyavani Robyn on September 19, 2014 at 14:09 — No Comments

Why do I want to be a Chaplain?

Last week I received notification that i had been accepted on the first stage of the endorsement process for the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group. Tomorrow I am going for an interview to possibly become a volunteer chaplain at a local hospice. Throughout the ups and downs of my life in the last few years I have weathered many storms but I have always felt strong in my spiritual direction. Amida has never left my side, I always saw that despite the hardships, my faith would still bring me…


Added by Kusumavarsa Dawn Hart on September 16, 2014 at 13:44 — 4 Comments

How to practice

Here is a link to Dharmavidya's publication :: link

Added by Sujatin on September 11, 2014 at 10:16 — No Comments

Does hell exist?

Reverend Carlton Pearson was a popular evangelist preacher with a congregation of many thousands, but after he stopped believing in hell the vast majority of them left and he was branded a heretic by the church. I was deeply moved by this podcast documentary, both by Reverend Pearson's love and by resonances with Pureland and my own experiences. If you have an hour to spare, I'd recommend a listen!

Namo Amida Bu _/\_…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on September 9, 2014 at 14:12 — No Comments

How provisional all of this is

I’ve been at home for a week, having spent last week in Delhi supporting some fellow Buddhists there. What struck me the most is what has struck me the most every time I have been away in India: how provisional all of this is.

Although I feel like an intelligent capable adult here at home (most of the time, anyway) when I’m taken out of my familiar environment and dropped into a place where most people don’t speak English, where I don’t have access to the systems and support that I…


Added by Kaspalita on September 5, 2014 at 11:27 — 1 Comment

You do not have to be good

(copied from my other blog)

All week Kaspa has been on Buddhist business in India.

I had planned a solitary retreat day on Monday. I had it all worked out – virtuous food, no television, reading holy books, gazing wistfully into the distance as I…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on August 28, 2014 at 8:39 — 4 Comments

A Buddhist Class in India

The sky is darkening as I write this. It’s the end of Sunday and I’ve been much more awake today. Either I’m getting used to the heat or I have just caught up on the sleep I had been missing out on.

This afternoon I took the opportunity to visit one of the children’s classes that Suvidya is teaching. I was curious to see what they were like now that he’s leading them on his own, and wanted to make the most of my revived energy levels.

Yesterday there were around thirty children…


Added by Kaspalita on August 24, 2014 at 14:58 — 1 Comment

From Delhi, with love

It’s my second day here in Delhi and my first full day after my arrival yesterday morning. My energy levels are up and down. I guess that comes from a combination of the heat during the day, the heat during the night that keeps me awake, and the fact I’m still catching up from the loss of sleep on an overnight flight…


Added by Kaspalita on August 23, 2014 at 12:43 — 4 Comments

Let nothing disturb you

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

A conspiracy to protect me

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…


Added by David Rogers on August 5, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

How do you describe your practice to others?

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…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on August 5, 2014 at 9:38 — 6 Comments

A Buddhist Approach to Self Confidence

Hi all,

Here is the recording from the talk I gave at last weekend's study morning here in Malvern: A Buddhist Approach to Self Confidence.

Listen/download (mp3)

Added by Kaspalita on August 1, 2014 at 11:09 — No Comments

A moderately existential spirituality

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…


Added by Dharmavidya on July 30, 2014 at 12:55 — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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