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
It is of course no news to anyone that we are in serious ecological trouble. It seems that the most peaceful, Buddhist approach to bring change is also rather likely the only way that could be really effective in minimising damage. These suggestions can be implemented quickly on a personal level and from there we can advocate this way of living to others.
- Most of us are aware that factory farming is not just cruel but is a major cause of ecological destruction. We in our Sangha…Continue
Pureland can be considered to be a form of Mahayana Buddhism. As Buddhism has come to the West there has been a tendency to emphasise the self-power aspect of Mahayana. However, when we read a key text such as Shantideva we see that the core of Mahayana is the bodhichitta. The bodhichitta brings all benefits and is the foundation of the life of the bodhisattva. We go on to read about all the stupendous things done by bodhisattvas and many then conclude that we have to try to do all these…Continue
Many people in the Delhi/UP border regions of India are currently suffering fever, some the more potentially dangerous and fatal virus dengue. A number of members of the Amida group based in the area of Shanti Nagar have fallen ill and at least one, Amida shu member Rakesh has been…Continue
Added by Kusumavarsa Dawn Hart on September 11, 2015 at 23:43 — No Comments
Last Saturday evening Acharya Modgala delivered a lovely talk on Freedom. The talk was about facing your fears and Acharya Modgala used examples from her own life, including reading an extract from her up coming book. The recording of the talk includes a question and answer session at the end.
You can listen to the talk online here: Freedom (mp3).I have also updated the list of audio talks on the Friends of…Continue
Added by Kaspalita on September 8, 2015 at 10:24 — No Comments
Learning to receive the grace of a higher power has been a tricky part of my spiritual growth. Like any relationship this one requires work and thought. As I learn to interpret the ways in which Amida communicates his Love I realise that it is a two way relationship which requires my conscious participation. I depend on Amida’s grace for hope, faith and courage and to a certain extent I need to remain aware of how those qualities are…Continue
Dear Dharma friend,
We've got two special events coming up, a talk by senior order member Acharya Modgala on Freedom this Saturday evening, and a retreat day in a couple of weeks on 'making friends with yourself'. Details…
Added by Kaspalita on September 1, 2015 at 17:50 — No Comments
The Buddha is a light in our lives. Each must walk his own path, but that path is illumined by the light shed by the example of all the Buddhas. The merit which they bestow upon us brings courage and light-heartedness such that walking the path is in no way a burden, but rather the experience of the most complete joy and ease that can be found in this and all possible worlds.
Life is full of challenges and difficulties and there are innumerable books of wisdom that can come to our…Continue
I noticed the first leaves of Autumn had fallen on and around my tent on the last day of my retreat. It was, for me, the first sign of the end of Summer. A pretty hot Summer which had been very present in four of the five days that I spent chanting Nembutsu in the grounds of Elusis, France. The 38 degrees of heat seemed to deny the fact of the changing season and the golden leaves looked out of place.…Continue
Today I showed a potential new volunteer around the temple gardens. When I finished showing him all the work that needs doing he didn't run away screaming, but said: "I've always loved digging".…Continue
Towards the end of last week I had a call from BBC Hereford and Worcester our local public radio (which has about 111 000 listeners) - would I be available to speak for three or four minutes about the bombing of Nagasaki, as it was the 70th anniversary.
We had a chat about what kind of thing they would be interested in hearing, and it turns out they were interested in how we live in a world which has nuclear weapons in it today, as much as a reflection on…Continue
This is a recording of a talk I gave on Saturday evening, the first in our series of events called Saturday Night Dharma. The talk is around 45 mins long.
We're delighted that our next event will be a talk on Satruday 5th September, by Acharya Modgala.
Added by Kaspalita on August 4, 2015 at 9:33 — No Comments
Recently at Amida Mandala I've committed to starting the day in the shrine room from Tues - Thurs (Mon is our sacred day off and Fri is our public morning service) - silent prostrations followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by 10 minutes of chanting - in the pattern that Jnanamati set up when he was…Continue
On Monday I will start a five day, continuous Nembutsu retreat at Elusis in France. It is the first time that I've tried this particular practice and am sort of wondering how it's going to be. I love saying the Nembutsu and usually incorporate some chanting into my meditation in the mornings and attend as many services as possible where it is recited almost constantly. After speaking to some other people who have done this before, it seems to be quite a serious business and I'm hoping to…Continue
Added by Jiko on July 30, 2015 at 18:07 — No Comments
I have just completed running a five day course on Zen Therapy in Seoul, S Korea with a wonderful group of enthusiastic students. You can see the complete script of the course here
Namo Amida Bu.
Added by Dharmavidya on July 30, 2015 at 13:45 — No Comments
As a Human being my default setting is one of attachment. Attachment to things, attachment to pleasure, status, prestige and so on. My Buddhist learning and training awoke me to the depth and significance of this fundamental Human characteristic, which basically keeps me imprisoned within the complexities of Samsara. It is a pervasive principle that somehow affects every aspect of my existence and is directly related to the degree to which I experience discomfort and dis-ease. My…Continue
Here's a post from Paul (Reverend Ananda):
"Taking refuge is a lot like getting married. It is a commitment to a single tradition...." Continued here
Added by Sujatin on July 29, 2015 at 10:54 — No Comments
dear my friends Today my teaching class in Laxmi garden very nice class 2 new children English class lovly and sing very interesting and after Buddhist class chanting service with children,s parents and I told Jatak story liked talk to Ashoka life story I told Ashoka lots work in Buddhism daughter Sangh mitra Ans son Mahendra went Sri Lanka Buddha publish good teaching in Sri Lanka Ashoka is great samrat and eat food for me and after went Laxmi Boddh vihar there 4 people in temple and talk…Continue