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Politics and gratitude

In 1995 I was elected to Birmingham city council representing the inner city ward in which I lived. It was a humbling expuerience with so many people coming out in all weather to support me. I worked hard during my campaign and after my election I held regular advice surgeries and made sure i was available to my constituents. Many would come to my home on their own and sometimes whole families to share food and conversation. I loved the role and being a leader of my community. I was proud and… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 25, 2016 at 9:38 — 1 Comment

Lost wallets & faith

I lost my wallet yesterday. It had £235 in it, which is no small amount to me, along with all my cards & a little photo of me and Kaspa when we first met.

Added by Satyavani Robyn on June 19, 2016 at 14:27 — No Comments

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

Aloha Friends,

Here is a photo from our Interfaith Prayer Vigil held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo Hawaii. The event was attended by sixty or so community members. Pictured are some of the members of the "Interfaith Community in Action."

Namo Amida Bu!



Added by Ananda on June 17, 2016 at 3:29 — 1 Comment

Parable of month

One person had had a chicken who laid gold eggs. "I was lucky! Farewell  now  poverty!" — the person rejoiced. But the more he got used to wealth, the stronger he wanted any things. Money began not to be enough. The person dissatisfied with the fact that chicken lays only one gold egg a day has demanded that she carried two or three. But all is vain. And then the person has thought: "In a stomach my chicken has to have a gold mine. Why to wait every day on one egg? Everything is better to…


Added by Tigran Khachatryan on June 16, 2016 at 7:06 — No Comments

When the Ground Beneath Your Feet Doesn't Feel Solid Anymore

We spend a great deal of time thinking our existence is permanent and the world around us feels quite solid. We are of course fooled in to this behaviour because largely a lot of life can go unchanged for long periods of time until somethings happens that shakes our ground and we realise it is not so solid after all.

Quite recently I have had a good run at feeling like I am on solid ground, slow steps forward have been every increasing but then yesterday that feeling of being grounded…


Added by Kusumavarsa Dawn Hart on June 7, 2016 at 16:09 — 5 Comments

News from the temple in Malvern

The coach house renovation project has started. Yesterday, Richard, one of our local Sangha members, and Gordon, the builder, began clearing the site ready for work. Today they have been pulling down lime and horsehair plaster that may have been up for 200 years, removing old timber and generally getting on…


Added by Kaspalita on June 7, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

First Wesak at Amida Mandala

I thought you'd like to see the photo of the first Wesak for local Buddhists from different groups which I organised with my Triratna friend Gunasiddi.

Around 35 people came and we had representatives from 8 Buddhist groups including the Wild Goose Soto Zen Sangha,…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on May 21, 2016 at 18:36 — No Comments

Mary Oliver: "I Worried"

Seems an apt poem for us Pureland Buddhists:

Mary Oliver: "I Worried"

I worried a lot. Will the garden…

Added by Sujatin on May 20, 2016 at 14:28 — No Comments

News from Amida Mandala

I’ve just taken a stroll around the garden, enjoying a burst of sunshine in a day of mixed weather. A couple of hours ago a brief storm completely soaked Angie, who was busy working in the garden. Luckily David, who had also been busy in the garden, was inside during the wild weather.

Angie, who arrived this morning in her short green wellies, had been planting out the seedlings we’ve been growing on the table in front of the big windows in our flat: Foxglove, coreopsis, aquilegia,…


Added by Kaspalita on May 18, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Listen to nembutsu chanting all over the world (& Malvern!)

This morning between 10 & 11.30am we will be chanting here at the temple in Malvern and our voices will be broadcast across the world as a part of a 24 hours of continuous chanting organised by the Zojoji temple in Tokyo.

You can listen to us later - here's the link:…


Added by Satyavani Robyn on May 14, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

The Buddha loves you just the right amount

Recently, I was asked to give a talk on death and dying. It made me recall a passage in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying where Sogyal Rinpoche describes what faces you after death. From memory, I think he writes about first being faced with a bright white light. This is nirvana. If you can enter the light you can enter nirvana. If you can’t manage this, you are then faced with a soft blue light. This is the gateway to the Purelands. If you can’t face that, you are then presented with…


Added by Kaspalita on May 11, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Hymns of Change

I'm sure there are no times which are not times of change but usually I have had a veneer of changelessness over reality, eagerly supplied by others for me to guilelessly or otherwise collude with.

The veneer has come away and I have chosen not to replace it. How long I'll hold to this resolution, I'm not sure, but maybe it will stick.

Concrete Park

I sit on a cold bench

In a concrete park,

Opposite a bank of compacted, sandy…


Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on May 11, 2016 at 11:55 — 4 Comments

Science and the Observer

A few days back I read an essay by a cognitive scientist who argues that our world is immaterial in that apparent substance only manifests when there is an observer and all that 'exists' are points of attention- well that's my rough take on a very interesting essay from a Buddhist perspective.

Added by Robert McCarthy on May 2, 2016 at 3:10 — No Comments

Thursday 28 April - update on Dharmavidya's health

Dharmavidya writes:

28th Apr ~ Consultation at the Big Hospital

Today I went to the hospital in Cleremont Ferrand. Adam drove me there and back. It was nice to have a chauffeur. We stopped quite a number of times. I found the journey tiring but manageable. The journey back was greatly helped by some strong…


Added by Sujatin on April 29, 2016 at 11:07 — No Comments

Psychologists Reveal One Of The Best Ways To Boost Your Mood

This article begins, 'It's not what you may think' - but I think it probably *is* what Buddhists may think!


Added by Sujatin on April 26, 2016 at 13:03 — 1 Comment

News from Amida Mandala

We've just had a short burst of hail. As the hail came down, drumming against the windows and covering the garden in white, I could see the edge of the cloud moving away from us. Within a few moments peace returned, blue sky and sunshine appearing again.

Ten or so days ago, we spent Saturday chanting nembutsu for six hours, and in the evening had a sangha meal, cooked by a wonderful team in the kitchen. It's great to see people working together, offering help and accepting…


Added by Kaspalita on April 26, 2016 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

New Aspirant

Thank You!

All who took part in the service last night in Malvern.
Especially Rev Kaspa and BM Fiona, for doing such a wonderful job of helping me become an Aspirant.

Namo Amida Bu

Added by Steve Stanley on April 21, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Three Hymns of Trouble

At home, having to deal with being off work ill and having to deal with my dispute with work, I find that my hymn writing is helping me. Here are 3:


With my catastrophising anxiety,                                                          

How can I cope with all this?

Namo Amida Bu.

You have to stand up to bullies;                              …


Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 20, 2016 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Being Uncertain

I have been off work with illness since early February. This has given me some chance (when I haven't been too ill) to be quiet and allow myself to discover that I am open to change. So now I am investigating other work options, and retraining. My current work has become progressively more difficult and I think now I realise it is too difficult for me and making me ill. So now I am uncertain. I don't like uncertainty, in fact this is part of my illness. So I am having to learn to endure…


Added by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 14, 2016 at 11:24 — No Comments

My talk at the EBU conference

I had intended to record the talk, but I was so nervous I forgot how to work the recorder. Instead, I've written up this account.

Saturday night. The evening before I was due to give my talk at the European Buddhist Conference. I was starting to feel nervous. Whenever my mind drifted towards…


Added by Kaspalita on April 12, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

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