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What would Buddha do?

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…


Added by Dharmavidya on August 15, 2015 at 2:57 — 1 Comment

New Growth.


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.…


Added by Adam Dunsby on August 13, 2015 at 14:20 — 5 Comments

Volunteers at Amida Mandala

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".…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on August 11, 2015 at 16:11 — 1 Comment

Talking about Nagasaki on the Radio

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…


Added by Kaspalita on August 11, 2015 at 15:14 — 1 Comment

Listen to Kindness is the Key, a talk from Amida Mandala

HI all,

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.

Listen/download mp3

Added by Kaspalita on August 4, 2015 at 9:33 — No Comments

Meditating cats & dogs

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…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on August 4, 2015 at 8:50 — 1 Comment

Many Nembutsu in France.

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…


Added by Adam Dunsby on July 31, 2015 at 14:53 — 4 Comments

Ippen Shonin Letter 7

"Birth through the Nembutsu" means that Nembutsu is birth. Namu is the mind that entrusts, Amida-Butsu is the practice entrusted to. The one thought-moment in which mind and practice interfuse is birth.

People who, upon saying Namu-Amida-Butsu, cease to weigh the good and evil or right and wrong of their own hearts and minds, and who possess no anticipation of anything coming after, are said to be practicers in whom true entrusting is decisively settled.

There must be no… Continue

Added by Jiko on July 30, 2015 at 18:07 — No Comments

Korean Course

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

Aspiring to Postulancy

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…


Added by Adam Dunsby on July 30, 2015 at 12:09 — 4 Comments

Refuge and Marriage

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…


Added by Suvidya Gautam on July 24, 2015 at 17:42 — 2 Comments

My old addiction and bringing more life to our sangha's online home

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…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on July 22, 2015 at 7:30 — 18 Comments

The Mistake

Somehow, probably due to a mix up
in the celestial records department
in which my Karma Page got accidentally wiped clean
I suddenly and unexpectedly
arrived in paradise, unprepared.
The solitude of the place
is startling - not another soul in sight.
I am like Adam with all my ribs still intact.
in fact, i am not totally alone
for there are many birds and beasts
for me to…

Added by Dharmavidya on July 15, 2015 at 9:05 — 2 Comments

Lotus Flowers Commune 2

Added by Jeongil Kim on June 27, 2015 at 2:33 — No Comments

Lotus Flowers Commune 1

Lotus Flowers Commune 1

Added by Jeongil Kim on June 27, 2015 at 2:32 — No Comments

What Kind Of Container Are You?

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…


Added by Kusumavarsa Dawn Hart on June 23, 2015 at 15:56 — 1 Comment

Life goes on ...nurturing?

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! new garden - mature, took a lot of cutting back and looking forward to the blossoming of 70+ sunflowers. 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…


Added by Ian Summers-Noble on June 22, 2015 at 23:00 — 2 Comments

Buddhism & Modernity

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

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