Ananda

  • Good Luck with your talk at First Unitarian! Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda‘s profile was updated 3 days, 19 hours ago

  • Thank you for sharing this wonder insight. Yes! Nembutsu as call and response. Sometimes we are so self-obsessed we need to call out. At other times we awaken to reality of Amida’s continuous presence and influence (call) and the Nembutsu arises spontaneously.

    I, of course, agree that Amida Shu offers a good vehicle for Westerners to enter into…[Read more]

  • All the pureland temples here in Hawaii are just as you describe. Some even have pipe organs! The Soto Zen temple service is a little less protestant, but not much. I am friends with several of the younger Buddhist priests here. They are all aware that their temples need to make some significant changes if they are going to survive much…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    A reminder of how fragile our lives are and how important it is to use them well. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda replied to the topic On becoming an official member in the forum Buddhist Q&A 1 week ago

    Aloha Avihinsa,

    There are lots of great resources on this site to delve into. Satya does a great job at make this an accessible virtual temple. Since you are on the West coast, you might want to check out the the Amida Hawaii site as well. We are a pretty “luddite” sangha by today’s standards. But we are only a few time zones away.

    I used to…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted an update 1 week ago

    What do you do when you receive this message alert on your phone on a Saturday morning: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

    Living in a State with a plethora of possible natural disasters — tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes — we are pretty prepared to take care of ourselv…[Read more]

    • Goodness, Ananda. I can’t imagine how you both felt… Grateful you could turn to the nembutsu, I don’t know if I’d have the presence of mind. What a lot of suffering that mistake caused. And how helpless we are in the face of these things. Sending love, Namo Amida Bu.

      • Ananda replied 1 week ago

        A reminder of how fragile our lives are and how important it is to use them well. Namo Amida Bu!

    • I’m glad you’re all ok. _/\_ NAB

  • Aloha All,

    A good question.

    The nice thing about our tradition is that we recognize that each of us must work out the path of our own salvation. For some that may mean having an interpersonal relationships with Amida. I certainly know many practitioners like this. For others, the relationship may be more impersonal — formless as Ramakrishna…[Read more]

  • Aloha Ian,

    The BPF is not very active here. Over the years I have tried to connect with them without much luck.

    Yes, how we are in the world is very important. It is often little and unexpected kindnesses that have big impacts on those around us. However, it is also necessary to be audacious. Dharmakara’s vow is audacious. And we are practicing…[Read more]

  • @trijov Wonderful practice! I like the idea of going through the day saying thank you to the things we encounter in our lives: water in the tap, the air we breath, the clothes we wear, the  house we inhabit, the car we drive, the people we work with, the clerks in stores, etc!!!

    Namo Amida Bu!

  • Kaspa, I agree that it can be important to clarify our terms or reframe out understand of concept. I suspect many people associate gratitude with the theist idea of being grateful to a creator god. Which is fine. But from a Buddhist perspective, I think you are right, it is more of an appreciation of all the things that are present in our lives.…[Read more]

  • Aloha Triston, thanks for sharing. Of course, these are just suggestions. We all have different karmic situations. The main thing is to fine ways that support living a deep and genuine religious life that is centered compassion for others.

    Gratitude can be tough, though most of us in the West take for granted how much we truly have to be grateful…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Namo Amida Bu! Glad to have you here.

  • What a wonderful way to welcome the New Year!

    Here — because it’s America — there were hours of fireworks and defening explosions that sent our dogs cowering under the bed. Mind you, these were not firework displays. These were neighbors for miles around lighting and firing anything that would concuss loudly.

    Having lived in West Berlin when I…[Read more]

  • Aloha Satya, I agree. These practices / actions are so simple and yet like many things in life, hard to maintain. We forget how transforming and — to be honest — blissful they are. Nothing dramatic, just little daily shifts in our perception of the world. Finally, one day we wake up and realize that we are happy and the world is actually a…[Read more]

  • I am glad that you were able to find a bit of light in the New Year’s message. Take care. Cling to the vision of the Pureland. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    I was inspired and energized by the event as well. But it is good to remember that the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration has been slowly growing through constant efforts over ten plus years. It started quite small. Also, Engaging the various faith communities in the work to end family homelessness has been slow going. It is still a struggle but…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted an update 2 months ago

    A wonderful Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration last night (Tuesday) in Hilo Hawaii. It was attended by well over 200 individuals. There was standing room only. The temple hall of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin will radiant. Choirs from twelve different faith communities performed; Christian, Buddhist, Bahai, Muslim, Jewish. Delightful. We…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Aloha Xavier, welcome! Do tell us a little more about yourself and where you are currently located in the US. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Aloha Satya,

    Thanks for the warm words. I think we could have quite a long discussion about God and Amida. Personally, I don’t really like mudding the waters by equating God and Amida. I do think there are parallels between Jesus’ references to the “Kingdom of Heaven/God” (basileia) and Amida’s pureland. The Gospels are generally better in…[Read more]

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