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
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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
I'm starting this morning contemplating my old addiction to Facebook and email - and wondering why it holds me so powerfully. There are so many bright pictures there, and so much gossip... it's the ideal place to distract myself, as I scroll down endlessly listening to people chatter - mostly about things that are…Continue
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Today I did my weekly visit to the hospice where I am a volunteer Chaplain. I had a meeting with my supervisor and we talked about how we are with the people we encounter in our lives, whether it be a friend or patient, who are we? what are we? what is our role in their lives and what is…Continue
Namo Amida Bu
I'd hoped to contribute more to the sangha...but I've been living busy everyday life and doing my best to nurture!
Nurture....my new garden - mature, took a lot of cutting back and looking forward to the blossoming of 70+ sunflowers.
Nurture....my 16 and 14 year old children. Brilliant and beautiful but not without their challenges.
Nurture....the 16/17/18 year olds I work with as a Career Adviser, some of whom face massive obstacles to moving on in…Continue
This is a film of the first panel at the Mangalam Convivium on Buddhism & Modernity
Added by Dharmavidya on June 18, 2015 at 10:44 — No Comments
There is a discussion of BUDDHISM IS A RELIGION at https://hardcorezen.info/bad-news-buddhism-is-not-a-religion-heres-why/3642/ You can read the article without logging in. To read the discussion you have to join the site, which is not a bad thing to do. The discussion does, I think, represent fairly well the dilemma that many people feel around this issue in the West and also, to me,…Continue
Today we had an open day at the Amida Mandala Temple. It was raining hard this morning, and although the weather eased off a little there have been grey skies all day.
This grey weather was brightened up by the laughter and smiles and good conversation of the people coming through the doors.
There was a slow but steady trickle of people throughout the day. There wasn't a moment where I wasn't talking to someone (although I was able to slip away for…Continue
There are currently 22 students taking the online Introduction to Pureland Buddhism course on the Amida Academy site :: here. Everyone is working at their own pace.
On AA there are also courses in Buddhist Psychology and the…Continue
Added by Sujatin on June 12, 2015 at 19:55 — No Comments
good evening Today morning in my house chanting service Amida and pure land English and Hindi and pali nice service and after noon teaching class very lovely children and chanting service some quotation asked life of Buddha life .Thank you all my friends
Namo amida bu
You are no doubt aware of the two recent earthquakes that have devastated Nepal, the first, named the Gorkha quake, on the 25th April and the second on the 12th May. Many thousands of people have died or been seriously injured. In the aftermath many people in the regions around the epicenter and beyond, including the capital Kathmandu, continue to face a multitude of hardships. Many of the buildings that remain…Continue