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Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Minister, Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism
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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 5 days ago 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
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? What is Amida Buddha? Amida the Infinite Amida Buddha Amida Buddha and the Ideal of Universal Salvation Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Incense offerings (the first may be used for tea or flower offerings, with appropriate words inserted) In gratitude we offer this incense to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout space and time May it be as fragrant as earth herself reflecting our careful efforts our whole-hearted awareness and the fruit of understanding slowly ripening May we and all beings be companions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas May we awaken from forgetfulness and realise the Pure Land ***** The fragrance of this incense permeates our practice centre and goes forth to worlds beyond In the sincerity of our training the Sanghakaya is revealed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Dharmavidya: In some recent correspondence with a Christian friend, my attention was drawn to the Apostles Creed. There is nothing equivalent, as far as I am aware, in Pureland, but if there were it might go something like this... I believe in the Unborn, the Unconditioned, the Uncreate I believe in Amida Nyorai of measureless life and boundless light who made 48 great expressions of faith by which all beings might find salvation. I believe in uncountable Buddhas and bodhisattvas in the ten directions and the three times in their absolute nature, manifest presence and spiritual being I believe that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
All the harm committed by me Is due to beginningless greed, hate and delusion All this is the work of my body, speech and mind I now confess everything wholeheartedly And resolve to begin anew Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
1: to not engage in sexual acts 2: to avoid any behaviour suggestive of sexual availability 3: to have the shaven head of a shramana Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Dharmavidya: A correspondent asked me about prayer. We do not ask the Buddhas to exercise divine intervention, but we do ask for their light and inspiration. Here, therefore, are some prayers... Oya-Sama Please shine your light Shine light of happiness upon Mary who has passed her examination Shine light of healing upon Bill who is in hospital after a car accident Shine light of understanding on Jill and her husband who are going through a difficult time at the moment. Give to each of them the inspiration and strength to benefit from and not be defeated by their experiences. May... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
These are some thoughts both with regard to yourself and for supporting others in dark times. They are based on my own experience. Sometimes we just feel totally overwhelmed. We feel disconnected from faith. We question everything. We walk or sit to practice and it seems like a waste of authentic or useful is this ridiculous thing I'm doing?, we think. Whirling thoughts fill our head. Sometimes there can be times of darkness to the extent that it feels hard to even take the next breath.... First, have faith that although this is a difficult period of time (and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Sujatin: Prajnatara asked me a series of questions. This was the first. I'll give my answer and then I invite you to answer, too. If you are not working towards ordination, or see it far in the future, then you can answer to when and how did you decide to run a Buddhist group. As for me - well, the short answer is that I didn't decide. When I was first in contact with the Braziers I had already spent 27 years in another tradition. I felt I had wasted precious time (I've since been able to reclaim much that's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
(Padma, February 4, 2010) Last December, Modgala asked me if I'd like to be Bellmaster at a funeral she'd been asked to conduct. I said yes (of course), death being very much 'my thing' (!). I've been to funerals as a family member and I've planned and taken part in a funeral as the next of kin but I've never been on the side of the celebrant (as it were). [Ooops -not quite true - I did conduct a ceremony of my own devising at the burial of a very close friend, seven years ago now, involving poems, highly coloured... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
(Rev Padmaghosa, January 21, 2010) Sujatin suggested I post this article, which I wrote for 'Indra's Net', the journal of the Network of Engaged Buddhists: I am a Bereavement Service Volunteer (‘BSV’ – officially, we’re not allowed to call ourselves counsellors, although counselling is what we do) at St. Christopher’s Hospice in south London. I have been doing this work for almost seven years now, working one-to-one with individual clients and facilitating bereavement groups. I am also a Pureland Buddhist and an Order Member of Amida-shu. The bereavement work preceded the Buddhism : I took the five Pureland refuges in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
The liturgy of the Amida Order incorporates several important principles: 1. Liturgy is to dramatize the expression of faith 2. It incorporates time honoured elements 3. It is flexible to adapt to context 4. It is a sacred art form 5. It is an auxilliary form of nembutsu 6. It sustains community life Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants
Here are the forms in which the 5 or the 10 Precepts can taken during a ceremony. We do not normally give these during Refuge ceremonies unless particularly asked for. As a preceptor I usually discuss which form of these the supplicant feels more in tune with: A: THE FIVE PRECEPTS CELEBRANT: The Five Precepts define the basic standard recommended by the Buddha for ordinary daily life. The Precepts spring from our faith, as Buddhists, in the vision offered by the Buddha. They are the means we have for liberating ourselves from burdensome attachments, eliminating compulsive and harmful habits, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Amida Aspirants