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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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"The point is not to want to benefit anyone or make them happy. There is no audience involved, no 'me' and 'them.' It is a matter of an open gift,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at lotusinthemud
Introducing Amida Shu Home Groups We have a new offering for people who would like to practice and study Amida Shu Buddhism in their local area - Amida Shu Home... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lotusinthemud
Question: I was wondering if there were any major diferences in approaches or practices between Amida shu and Jodo shinshu? Dharmavidya: In terms of faith in Amida and the nembutsu,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lotusinthemud
Continuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith & Practice, part 32 TEXT: This knowledge of our condition is part of the essential basis when it gives rise to contrition COMMENTARY... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Note the change of date - Our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of Wednesday 8 February 2017 'Finding Light in Times of Darkness' Come and join us in our Pureland practice, enjoy the company of other Buddhists, ask questions, share the warmth and welcome. Time:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Amida Scotland
Summer Retreat - Dwelling in Entrustment 13th - 18th August in Holland House, Worcestershire, UK A residential retreat Spend a week learning to trust, 'lean in' and be held on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Photo by Kiyonobu Kuwahara. When we pray, says Mark Unno, it’s important not to get caught up in magical thinking or to become attached to specific outcomes. Just praying is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: We had an interesting discussion about the sacred syllabe OM used in so many religions (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism...) Someone said that in a mantra, OM could be replaced by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: In your book you make the statement "Life and death are the same". Could you explain this in more detail? SHORT ANSWER: Just one thing after another. LONGER ANSWER:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at lotusinthemud
In world politics it is evident that some countries are more powerful than others and that, in various ways, the powerful dominate the weak. However, this is not as simplistically... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at lotusinthemud
The word 'Nembutsu' is Japanese and is made up of Nen and Butsu. Nen means ‘mindfulness’. Butsu means ‘Buddha’. So nembutsu is mindfulness of Buddha. However, it has come to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: Can you tell something more on the verse “Bring help and happiness to all other beings, and secretly take upon myself, all their harm and suffering” (The eight verses... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: As a vow 22 student, just starting., I've been asked to look at the trikaya and make some comments. I'm researching the answer but find many answers on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at lotusinthemud
I was looking for some poetry about Hope (my word for 2017). T.S.Eliot, I thought. Oh bother, he says don't! “I said to my soul, be still and wait without... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: I wanted to know how I could deal with the bad karma and delusions which cause me great pain in this life, whether or not there are practices or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Satya suggested that we find a word for the year. She writes: Words are powerful. My friend chose ‘change’ as her guiding word for 2016, and then promptly forgot it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at lotusinthemud
THREE-FRUIT MARMALADE You will need two pans - one with a tight-fitting lid to cook the fruit, and a larger, open pan for the second stage when the sugar is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at lotusinthemud
Amida in Scotland: Next meeting Tuesday 17 January- see below ** *Seasonal Message from Dharmavidya, the Head of the Amida Order The years 2016 and 2017 may well be seen... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 28, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Amida in Scotland: Next meeting Tuesday 17 January - see below ***** Seasonal Message from Dharmavidya, the Head of the Amida Order The years 2016 and 2017 may well be seen from the future as a turning point in world politics. There is certainly a sense that the current order... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Amida Scotland
Continuing the teachings on Summary of Faith and Practice: TEXT: Thus we know in experience that we are foolish beings of wayward passion. COMMENTARY: The expression “foolish beings of wayward... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: From the three poisons, I understand the concepts of greed and hate very well, but find delusion or ignorance more difficult to make sense of. Could you say something... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Summary of Faith & Practice Part 30 TEXT: we would be as the vow-body of Buddha The term ‘vow’ here is a translation of the Japanese term ‘gan’. It could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Some dates for your diary: our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of 6 December 2016, which will be our Bodhi Celebration (Note: Meetings in early 2017 will be on 17 January, 7 February, 7 March) Around the globe Amida sanghas will be gathering in early... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Amida Scotland
TEXT: without which we would already perceive the land of love and bliss Perception of the land is a foundational religious experience. Religious form is substantially grounded in it and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at lotusinthemud
TEXT: By our daily difficulty in the preceptual life, we awaken to the presence of the myriad karmic obstacles The preceptual life refers to the attempt to live according to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at lotusinthemud