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  • Well, what can I say… just as well we’re Pureland Buddhists 😉

  • Great to hear that your bunnies are on crack, but maybe it’s better to start them off on weed or something, let them work their way up to the hard stuff! After all we are meant to be responsible Buddhists!! Namo Amida Bu( !

  • A dull & drizzly day in Malvern, so it’s good to be in my toasty office with the radio on and a candle lit.

    It’s been a good weekend here. Kaspa has been away and I’ve managed to give myself a good mix of work and play, always a challenge for this workaholic! The continuous nembutsu practice we did in the shrine room yesterday morning was lovely,…[Read more]

  • Caroline posted an update 4 days, 17 hours ago

    Lovely morning yesterday at the Temple – listening to beautiful voices chanting Namo Amida Bu.
    Hearing the chanting and being in the shrine room was like a short cut to my heart – love and beauty and frailty and sadness welling up together.
    Namo Amida Bu

  • The cold wind outside embraces everything with a chill. Yet I am awake before dawn, the rest of my household sleeps. Yet I think of the warmth that internal recitation can bring. Just staying committed to a singular act or actions to connect with and perhaps bring long distant comforting to those who need an additional ‘hug’.

    Spontaneous…[Read more]

  • Namo Amida Bu. Condolence to Cynthia and your family. I can empathise with your recent loss. It is just a few months since my mother died at the age of 83yr. Her health deteriorated quite quickly during those final few months. Although sad, it was with some relief to see the end to her suffering. This ending the pain that she had stoically endured…[Read more]

  • Chanting has become my new morning practice. Today I chanted after seeing the dawn of a new day and both that and the nembutsu practice felt so beautiful, supporting and enlivening. I often feel the presence of the Buddha as I chant.

    Namo Amida bu

  • Lovely chanting in the Temple this morning. I could only do an hour but that was more than enough to set me up for the day. Chanting continuously together like that is a special practice. The Nembutsu generates beautiful energy that lightens everything, all my stress, worry and pain seem less important after a few minutes calling the name with…[Read more]

  • Today I was chanting in a soft voice while I was going for a walk with my dog. The sky was totally blue and there was a real beauty in the brightness of the morning…It was the perfect shrine to chant or saying the nembutsu, and I felt a sense of special reverence in my heart…the Light always permeating everything, though there are so many…[Read more]

  • Yesterday I chanted in my head. I meant to make time… and did not. Did I miss something.
    I do not light candles or have statues. But I did have a conversation with a living angel.
    Sometimes we do not see ourselves as angels… but that is what happened yesterday – sometimes by just saying ‘thank you’ for something it also makes someone else…[Read more]

  • I am still doing my 5 minutes each morning.  I have a simple, wooden statue of the Buddha. I light a candle and sit wrapped in a shawl in front of it (trying to tune out the builders next door). I can’t say I feel much about doing it (as I’m not a Buddhist) but it’s a commitment I have made to myself in the hope of being with some kind of…[Read more]

  • Just quickly nipping on here because I really should be doing other things!  But this morning I sat down to do my 10 minutes of nembutsu with a certain resentment in my heart that life circumstances dictated I was not sitting down in the beautiful ‘real’ shrine room with some of the rest of you which was where I would much rather have been!  But a…[Read more]

  • It’s still dark here, still and crisp – I watched the stars when I was out in the garden. The city, across the river, is quiet – being Saturday, there’s no rush-hour traffic along the road below us. I’m just about to start this morning’s nembutsu chanting, happy in the knowledge that others will be joining, somewhere on the planet, sometime during…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 6 days, 14 hours ago

    Hi Satya, That sounds nice to me too. The great value of the simplicity in life. Sharing each others company in a peaceful way far outweighs any material gift bought from one of those soulless shopping malls. I dont think ill be visiting one again.
    Namo Amida Bu

  • Jules replied to the topic Autumn in the forum Garden 6 days, 19 hours ago

    Autumn is introducing us to winter this month. There still are some flowing plants and the red berries of other plants too. Thank you for sharing the definition of souci.

    I had been away for a bit, to a climate similar to my own. They had boxes of pansies. The various colors from blues and purples to the different yellows and oranges did make me…[Read more]

  • Only questions… no answers… yet.
    Though I do believe there has been some ‘strength training’ 🙂

    Teachers throughout the ages; November 17 renga (conversation)

  • Jules replied to the topic How are you getting on? in the forum 30 Days of Nembutsu 1 week ago

    We have made it home safely. But my own routines will still be different with the holiday week in the States. And then also with the second half of December. But I will attempt to find quiet time for myself when I can.

    Angel of Truth; November 16 haibun

    “Among all living things mountains and rivers, grasses and trees,
    even the sounds of blowing…[Read more]

  • Join me at 8pm (3 hours time) for half an hour of nembutsu practice and a short Dharma talk here: All welcome!

  • leinon‘s profile was updated 1 week ago

  • Cynthia Reed posted an update 1 week ago

    Thank you for the email nudge, Satya. I’ve intended (intentions, eh?) to sit down and thank you for the opportunity for at least ten days. Initially, I found the practice interesting–it felt a little experimental–and quite different from other practices I’ve been involved with. It felt easy, and then it felt hard, it felt too short and then it…[Read more]

    • Cynthia – I was deeply moved by what you’ve said here. Sending much love to you and your family. We have a beautiful text that has traditionally been used during Pureland funerals in Japan which may feel relevant at this time, White Ashes – if you’d like me to forward it to you I will. Namo Amida Bu – keep taking refuge x

      • Thank you again, Satya, for your thoughts, the support, the links and more. I can see how it is the ‘refuge’. Namo Amida Bu. xx

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