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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Minister, Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism
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I recently read an article that argued that (a) there is no necessary relationship between meditation and mysticism and that (b) the purpose of meditation is purely the cultivation of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at lotusinthemud
The attempt to fit Buddhism into the secular, technical, reductionist mindset of modernity often has the effect of turning the matter on its head. Thus, we now find Western schools... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Each school of Buddhism has its favoured texts and its favoured practices. Thus, for instance, the Soto Zen Shu favours the Diamond and Heart Sutras, (and was once based on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Inviting you to join us in Perth on Tuesday 3 October from 7 - 9pm Come along and join us for an informal evening in the shrine room of our Home Temple. This is an opportunity for you to get to know us, to learn some of our Pureland chants... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Amida Scotland
If you want to explore Amida Shu Buddhism, why not start by trying our simple practice? The nembutsu is the core practice for Pureland Buddhists across the world. It is a way of aligning ourselves with the wholesome energy of Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light. We do this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Amida Scotland
If you want to explore Amida Shu Buddhism, why not start by trying our simple practice? The nembutsu is the core practice for Pureland Buddhists across the world. It is a way of aligning ourselves with the wholesome energy of Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light. We do this by saying ‘I entrust myself to Amida Buddha’ in different languages, most often using the phrase: Namo Amida Bu. In order to start the practice, you don’t need a clear idea of exactly what Amida is or how nembutsu works. To begin with you can see Amida an unfolding wholesome... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
If you want to explore Amida Shu Buddhism, why not start by trying our simple practice? The nembutsu is the core practice for Pureland Buddhists across the world. It is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Here is a list of seventeen major forms of conditioning that shape our lives. Included are the factors that tend to keep us trapped in samsara and also those that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at lotusinthemud
by Roshi Joan Halifax, reprinted from The Huffington Post. Compassion can change your life. Just ask Dr. Gary Pasternak, the medical director of Mission Hospice in San Mateo, Calif.: “I’m... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Revered Kaspalita, Acharya Sujatin and Ian Summers-Noble, following Ian's admission into :: Amida Shu in August The next meeting here in Perth will be on Tuesday September 5th from 7 - 9pm :: you'll find us here The evening will include :: Pureland Buddhist practice: chanting and meditation, an Amida... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Amida Scotland
Mindfulness is remembrance of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is most easily done by saying and hearing the Buddha's name. Hence the practice of reciting the name has become widespread... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at lotusinthemud
A BUDDHIST PSYCHOTHERAPY: The Tiger and the Ox ~ David Brazier 2015 Buddhism as a Basis In this paper I would like to describe one way of doing and conceptualising... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at lotusinthemud
We will hold a special evening here in Perth on Tuesday August 22nd from 7 - 9pm All welcome, whether you have visited previously or not :: we are here So what's special about this evening? We're holding a ceremony during which a member of our sangha, Ian, is becoming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Amida Scotland
Hanya Shin Gyo: The Heart Sutra in old Japanese with English translation Kanjizai Bosatsu gyo jin hanya haramita ji sho ken go un kai ku do issai ku yaku Quan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Translation & commentary ~ D. ... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at lotusinthemud
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In Pureland Buddhism it is often taught that a single recitation of Nembutsu — Namo Amida Bu — is sufficient to effect one’s salvation after death. As a result of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at lotusinthemud
We are an outpost of Nyorai’s Pure Land. We, the misfits, fit here. We are trying to live a life that is genuine — a life free from spin —... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Continuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice TEXT: wishing to practise a religious life in truly simple faith, Truly Simple Faith Truly simple faith is a precious jewel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Authenticity & Freedom I have been reading some existentialism. One of the key concepts in existentialism is authenticity. This goes with another key idea, which is freedom. These ideas reached... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at lotusinthemud
The next date for your diary - this is an invitation for you to join me for a guided Meditation For Relaxation session on Skype on the evening of Tuesday 1 August 2017 Time: 7:30 - 9 pm Venue: via Skype As this is on-line, it's not just for folk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Amida Scotland
What is love? We can get some initial sense of the root meaning from the expression “to do something for love”. When we do something for love, we mean that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Remember all the fora in the :: Friends of Amida Shrine Room, particularly Dharmavidya's :: Teachings and his answers to :: Questions in the Sand Also look at the :: Amida Shu site particularly the drop-down menu on the top left, 'About Amida Shu', the drop-down menu on the right, 'Resources' and the :: Home Groups page. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
For the Amida Sangha I pray that the grace of Amida may lead us in diverse ways ever deeper into the true motives and recesses of the heart; refreshing one another with communion and with solitude, tracing true pathways, reflecting your light in our obscurity, to celebrate your grace in things natural and true. May our separate and combining efforts be led by your kindly regard for all sentient beings in the service of your vows that our separate manifold imperfections, converted by your unmeasurable merit, become the building blocks of your temple, a refuge for all, here as hereafter.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Dharmavidya has written this..... I'm sure this will be useful for our respective sanghas: I do not think that it is possible for a human being to write the final and definitive text on Amidism. It is part of the definition of this form of spirituality that none of us has such final or ultimate knowledge. Not only that, but there is a sense here that the nature of ultimacy is not such that a once and for all definition would be possible even if one were superlatively wise. Wisdom consists not in knowing something final but in being open... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Links to some essays: Who is Amida? http://www.nembutsu.info/hsramida.htm What is Amida Buddha? http://www.livingdharma.org/Living.Dharma.Articles/WhatIsAmida-Haneda.html Amida the Infinite http://www12.canvas.ne.jp/horai/amida-infinite.htm Amida Buddha http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/beliefs/id7.html Amida Buddha and the Ideal of Universal Salvation http://www.shindharmanet.com/writings/ideal.htm Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants