Summer 2018 retreat
28th May – 1st June
At Eleusis, France
All Shu members are this year invited to this big event in the Amida calendar, at the home of Dharmavidya, Head off the Amida Order, here in France. This retreat is an opportunity to enter more
deeply into the Pure Land practice and the fundamental teachings of Buddha: to recognise our human nature and to let in the Dharma. Dharmavidya has referred to Pure Land Buddhism as refuge Buddhism, and explains that all Buddhist practice invites us to deepen our refuge. Though there seem to be many practices, they all have the same essence of opening our hearts, receiving the grace – other power – of the Dharma, and allowing this spirit of love and compassion to fill our lives. How are the Buddhas able to live such lives? Only by relying upon this eternal wisdom of profound acceptance that transcends ordinary human nature.
This retreat will include services, nembutsu chanting, silent contemplation, personal enquiry, group sharing and dharma talks from the Acharyas and Dharmavidya. Also, time to relax and catch up with each other, enjoy the garden, walks, and beautiful nature around Eleusis. Retreats help us to feel more deeply connected to other shu members.
Suggested donation: 45 £/euro per day for the retreat days and 30 £/euro per day for any additional days before or after, but all gifts are welcome and the Dharma is without price.
Inscriptions and questions: Vajrapala7@gmail.com
Live Nembutsu Practice with the online Amida Anjali sangha – Every Thursday 8pm – 8.30pm UK time (3pm EST). Held by Rev Satyavani via Facebook Live on the Amida Mandala Facebook page here – just go to the page a few minutes before we start and the live video will appear, or catch up later in the week here.
We hope to offer additional Skype Listening Circles and Services/Practice Groups in the future – if you’re interested in holding one do email firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’d like to attend but can’t make the times or dates above do let us know.
All the events at Amida Mandala in Malvern in the UK are here: http://www.amidamandala.com/events. We also have space for people to come on individual retreat or spend a little time in our guest room and attend our weekly services – email email@example.com for more information.