Newsletter 30 – next meeting January 9, 2018

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    The next date for your diary –
    the sangha will meet in Perth
    on the evening of
    Tuesday 9 January 2018
    (Note – we will not be meeting in December 2017. The first Tuesday in January is a Bank Holiday so we are meeting the following week)
    Time: 7 – 9 pm
    Venue: ‘Taigh an t-Solais’, 19 Fairmount Terrace,
    Barnhill, Perth PH2 7AS

    Note: Meetings are open to all. No experience necessary.
    There’s no cost for these meetings – we welcome donations for Amida Shu projects in Delhi and the UK. Suggested amount £2 – £5.
    This is :: our website

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    Amida Shu Pureland Buddhism:
    Faith and World Peace 3

    Measureless Light

    Clouds and mist of greed and enmity

    Perpetually obscure the heaven of truth and faith

    Clouds and mist obscure the sun

    But the light is still there behind them

    And even below the cloud

    We still have the benefit of the light. 

    – Shoshinge

    Commentary:

    World peace already exists. Just it is hindered by war and oppression. This odd way of putting it has advantages. The Pure Land already exists. Its appearance in our midst is obscured by our greed, hate and delusion. Nonetheless, even though we are not bathing in bright sunshine, it is not pitch dark. We are living in the light even when we cannot see the sun directly. Indeed, looking directly at the sun may be too much for us. It is only at dawn or sunset that we can bear to do so. It is not so much that world peace needs to be invented from scratch as that it needs us to have the confidence to live in it, not just at our moments of enlightenment (dawn) and our moments of tragic extremity (sunset) but day in day out even when there are many clouds in the sky. Let us be citizens of the Pure Land now, no matter what may be going on all around. We are only beginners at world peace. What do we know about it? Not much. Nonetheless, we still benefit from the light of those who have known better than we. The Buddha organised his community in a way that was conducive to the greater appearance of the Pure Land in our midst.

    Speaking of the Vajjian tribe, the Buddha said: “As long as the Vajjians meet in harmony, break up in harmony, and carry on their business in harmony, they may be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as they do not depart from their ancient traditions… As long as they honour, revere, respect and salute the elders among them and listen to their counsel… As long as they do not abuse wives and daughters… As long as they honour, revere, respect and salute their shrines at home and abroad… As long as they make proper provision for the safety of arahats so that such arahats may come in future and live among them and those already there may dwell in comfort… As long as they do these things, the Vajjians may be expected to prosper and not decline.” [Digha Nikaya 16, Mahaparinibbana-sutta] He then went on to draw similar conclusions about the life of the sangha community, offering a wealth of advice for the proper conduct of social life. in particular the Buddha recommended that we show acts of loving kindness to one another; that we share with others whatever we receive; that we avoid all actions that will lead to sow strife in or or others’ hearts and that we continue in a noble view of life. Such is Buddhist faith. World peace depends upon healthy community life.

    ~ Reverend Dr Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha

    Namo Amida Bu

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