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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Minister, Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism
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QUESTION: In light of Medecin Sans Frontiere’s recent comments on the Rohingya, and the backlash against Aung San Suu Kyi, I wonder if you might be able to post on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at lotusinthemud
Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Commentary upon the Summary of Faith and Practice, part two. Text: wishing to practise a religious life A Foundation The wish to practice a religious life is the foundation of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Commentary on the Summary of Faith and Practice, Part One Text: For those having a karmic affinity with Amitabha Buddha This is the first phrase of the Summary. It tells... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Amida Shu Pureland Buddhist Sangha in Scotland Newsletter 30 Meetings at the beginning of 2018 The next date for your diary - the sangha will meet in Perth on the evening of Tuesday 9 January 2018 (Note - we will not be meeting in December 2017. The first Tuesday in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Amida Scotland
Dharmavidya writes: In Chinese Buddhism, the idea of the mind as a mirror became a much used metaphor. There are a number of interesting features of mirroring that can help... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: In Part One we stopped to take a look at mindfulness and in Part Two we found many different ways of understanding what mindfulness is. We considered different... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at lotusinthemud
In Part One we looked at mindfulness as punctuating the day with times of immediate, here and now, bare awareness, appreciating beauty. Thich Nhat Hanh equated mindfulness with “seeing deeply”,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Dharmavidya writes: The practices that now go under the heading of mindfulness are not new but they have taken on a special relevance as we have become more and more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at lotusinthemud
A correspondent recently wrote to me as follows: "When you talk to me about grief you never say stuff like 'This is all just a figment of your deluded conditioning.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at lotusinthemud
A view that I encounter repeatedly in Buddhist circles is the notion that in order to be enlightened one needs to have a correct idea of… emptiness, interbeing, oneness, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at lotusinthemud
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