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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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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
With Eyes of the Tiger at the Pace of an Ox Day One Introductory Lecture We are here to become better therapists. Learning to be a better therapist is lifelong... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: Dear Dharmavidya,… As you were used to travel a lot, to go where you're asked, to be in groups, to give workshops and talks...what is it to have to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at lotusinthemud
A date for your diary - our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of 1 November 2016 No matter whether you are a saint, were a ghoul or a ghost, or are a regular human being, you are all welcome to come along - there won't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Amida Scotland
QUESTION: How can one achieve ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at lotusinthemud
I have recently read an interview with the Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo who is well known in Buddhist circles for having spent more than twenty years in retreat in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
The Class on Summary of Faith & Practice TEXT: “… how deficient we are by comparison” The sense of 'deficiency' is an important basis for rigour in spiritual practice as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: Is there any value in being a hermit? SHORT ANSWER: Yes, huge. LONGER ANSWER: The hermit does not have the distraction of the deluded world. In nearly all the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: How can I attain the right state of mind? SHORT ANSWER: There is no right state. The mind is a river. LONGER ANSWER: Body is not reliable, mind is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
We can talk about gradual cultivation and sudden enlightenment in terms of practice and experience, but we can also use these categories to understand the different ways in which the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Fourteen months ago I had a debate with Zen Master Jeok Myeong in Korea. It illustrates different ways of seeing and teaching the Dharma... I spent the afternoon with Master... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at lotusinthemud
It is the beginning of the Jewish new year. It begins with a month of repentance. This is rather like the Buddhist idea of always beginning anew. Beginnings are dedicated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at lotusinthemud
What is Buddhist ‘training’? I have written on the dangers of misunderstanding this term before. Here I would like to try to say a little more, since this is an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at lotusinthemud
A date for your diary - our next sangha meeting in Perth will be on the evening of Tuesday 4 October 2016 Time: 7 - 9 pm Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais' 19 Fairmount Terrace Barnhill Perth PH2 7AS Details of where to find us are :: here Note: Meetings are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Amida Scotland
A very common idea about Buddhism is the notion that what is required is for one to come to see things as they truly are. We all know that different... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at lotusinthemud
When I told friends earlier this month that I’d planned a trip to go visit my friend who is sick, I started to see it as a way to spread... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at lotusinthemud
It is quite common in Buddhist circles these days to hear the following assertions: 1. everything affects everything else, at least minimally, in one way or another therefore 2. everything... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Commentary on Summary of Faith and Practice Part 27 "Delineated by the Precepts" from the sentence "The Buddha Body is delineated by the precepts" To delineate is to loosely define.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Garrison Keillor writes: I saw Hillary once working a rope line for more than an hour, a Secret Service man holding her firmly by the hips as she leaned over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Commentary on Summary of Faith... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
In my Principles Against Common Fallacies 7. Spiritual maturity requires a sense of separation. These days there is a great emphasis in spiritual teachings upon interconnectedness. These ideas have some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Kaspa, 'The Buddhist Therapist', writes: Autumn Colors by Paulo Valdivieso As autumn approaches we start to feel the first trace of autumn in the air. The nights draw in and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at lotusinthemud