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Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Minister, Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism
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These are newsletters from the Amida Order, highlighting such things as Dharmavidya's Buddhist teachings, Susthama's Pastoral Letters, news from Amida Mandala and to let you know what various Amida sanghas... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: THE OLDEST DUALISM There is an idea, common in contemporary Buddhist circles, that unless we believe in fundamental human goodness all is lost. I used to think so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: It is enough to live a simple life of faith, but don’t miss the openings when they come. We are all more free than we think. There are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: A Perennial Question The question of faith and works is a longstanding religious debate. It is one of the main divides between Protestants and Catholics, for instance. Protestants,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: An Interesting Question The Tien Tai patriarch Chih-I (also spelt Zhiyi, 538-597), who lived a century before Shan Tao, was asked the following question. A bodhisattva is supposed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: A shrine is a sacred place where one can be in touch with the spirit of a sage or holy being. In Buddhism, the term shrine is used... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: In this piece I would like to briefly restate my understanding of the Four Truths. This is already set out in my books The Feeling Buddha and Not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: OUTLINE The medical metaphor is used a lot in Buddhist studies. The Buddha is sometimes referred to as “the great physician” curing the dis-eases of the world. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at lotusinthemud
The next dates for your diary - inviting you to come along to sangha meetings in Perth. These will be held on the evenings of Wednesday 18 April and Tuesday 1 May 2018 Time: 7 - 9 pm Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais' 19 Fairmount Terrace Barnhill Perth PH2 7AS Details... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Amida Scotland
Dharmavidya writes: I am a devotee of Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha, or Amida, is the Buddha of all acceptance. This is thus an inclusive creed. This web site, La Ville au... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: Currently, the idea of “being in the here and now” is à la mode. and I find it a truly interesting matter to reflect upon. Here and now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: Negative thoughts and feelings are a bane of human life. They are the downside of the great gift of imagination. A person insults one in some way and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: I am at Vajra’s. Here the day starts with meditation. I sit. How does one meditate? I have been doing it for decades. I must have sat thousands... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at lotusinthemud
There is a strong tradition in Buddhism of reciting large numbers of mantras or other holy texts and invocations. These accumulate quantities of merit. Thus, some members of the Amida... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at lotusinthemud
When we read about Chinese or Japanese Buddhism we come across passages that say such things as that the master “eats when hungry, drinks when thirsty, sleeps when tired.” and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at lotusinthemud
All sorts of meetings and events in the area are being cancelled due to this extreme weather - if you can't make it on Tuesday 6th you can join me via Skype Read the newsletter here Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Amida Scotland
New date for the February Amida meeting in Perth: Tuesday 13th March date: Tuesday 6th from 7 - 9pm Huge apologies - I have travelled back from East Anglia, bringing with me my sister's granddaughter's nasty fluey bug which I really don't want to share with you! So - third... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Amida Scotland
​Because it's where my father was from. Because I lived here as a baby. To be continued...​ Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at lotusinthemud
Amida Scotland - next meeting in Perth: Wednesday 7th February Note - not a Tuesday this time! Time: 7 - 9 pm Come along and join us for an evening in the shrine room of our Home Temple. This is an opportunity for you to get to know us, to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Amida Scotland
QUESTION: What is spontaneity? SHORT ANSWER: Acting without conscious motive. ANSWER: Spontaneity, nowadays, tends to mean setting aside one's plan or schedule when one is moved or touched emotionally and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at lotusinthemud
New date for next meeting: Tuesday January 16th We were due to meet tomorrow evening, 9th January. However I have a virus which is leaving me with headaches, back ache and feeling dizzy. I really don't want to pass this on to you! I'm postponing our meeting until next week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Amida Scotland
Toni writes: I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at lotusinthemud
The next date for your diary - we will meet in Perth on the evening of Tuesday 16th January 2018 Update - change of date from 9th due to illness At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Amida Scotland
Dharmavidya writes: I am at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Copnference in Anaheim, California. This conference attempts to showcase the best practice in psychotherapy. The presenters are exemplars for the profession... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at lotusinthemud