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  • clare posted an update 5 days, 7 hours ago

    Just to say what a lovely visit i had to The Amida Temple in Malvern this weekend. I really enjoyed joining in with the Saturday service and practices and having taken the 5 refuges in this tradition. The room was very peaceful and with a most beautiful view. It was nice to chill and drink tea with the Sangha community. It was so nice to see my…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hello Sangha friends. I’m now on lesson 4 of the pure land course. It’s helping me reflect on certain points. In particular our bombing nature and entrusting ourself to Amida. Refuge seems stronger. In particular the section on contrition. I now realise why certain mind states are arising. I thought they were negative and sad but their not it’s…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    I found your post on greed very inspiring Acharya Kaspalita. I question myself a lot these days in relation to that one. Lately i am thinking more about the environment and how i can reduce all this plastic that we have to put up with like food packaging. Im looking at things i can go without or at least reduce such as wrapped fruit/vegetables to…[Read more]

    • Hi Clare – thank you. There is always more to do – we just go one step at a time, moving forward in Amida’s light. If you have access to Netflix you can see the Minimalist documentary I mentioned, they also have a podcast as well.

  • clare posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    IHi Satya, ive been a vegan for many years now, its a part of me and i couldnt imagine not being one. Sounds like you are too. Grand.
    Namo Amida Bu

    • Ah, wonderful – I hadn’t realised that before. We always offer vegan food here at the temple (me & Kaspa have been vegan for a few years now) – it’s a big part of our local ‘offering’, we also do lots of vegan baking to show people how delicious cakes can be etc…..

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    I like living a Buddhist and vegan life. Its kind and pure.
    Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks, I’ll try and get it sorted as would love o be able to join in with the services there. Would be very special. Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    I like the reference to STOP. Shall also be putting this up on my shrine as a reminder. And thanks to all on here who reminded me. Its a very good practice alongside recitation of Amitabha Buddha. Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi Kaspa and Satya, Sorry i got locked out of my Skype account so couldnt join the service this morning. Have tryed many times to reset pass word but wont work. Technology glitch today. Never mind. Was quite a test for patience and managed to keep it pretty well but disappointed i missed this occasion. Will try again another time. Hope everyone…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Me too Andrew. I also missed posting on Mondays Nembutsu. I like to post on this day as it feels a part of my practice now and in particular a refuge in the Sangha. Like yourself though things come up which we have to deal with. Thanks for sharing.
    Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    It was lovely to read your posts Ananda. I like to be hopeful too.
    Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Hello everyone. Hope you all enjoyed the festive season. I myself dont do much these days but do enjoy the change in the atmosphere. People seem to be more jolly which is nice. I worked xmass and boxing day which i didnt mind. New year i stayed in and watched some films from the past. Bit of nostalgia crept in there. But i enjoyed the rest. I gave…[Read more]

  • clare posted an update 2 months ago

    Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 2 months ago

    Merry Buddhamas everyone. I made that lovely nut roast recipe that was posted on here. Gluten free style. Its delightful. Nano Amidst Bu

  • clare posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Love the look of the nut roast recipe. Will definitely be giving that a go. Thanks for posting. Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    I just listened to the 2 wonderful teachings given by Dhamavidya and Susthama at the Bodhi retreat. Very inspiring. I hope that one day i can come a long in person and join in this very special occasion. Thank You for sharing these talks with us. With gratitude. Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Sangha friends. Its very wet, rainy and cold here in Kent today. Even the cats didnt venture outside. Namo Amida Bu

  • clare posted an update 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Satya,
    Thank You for reminding me about Thursdays face book practice. I couldnt get on last week but will endeavour to drop in this Thursday. Will look forward to joining you on there.
    Namo Amida Bu

    • I’m going to be pre-recorded this week as we have our Order meeting, but the video will appear at 7.50pm on Thursday on the Amida Mandala Facebook page and it’d be lovely to know that you were joining me for practice. Namo Amida Bu.

  • clare posted an update 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hello Pure Land Sangha friends. On this spiritual path i too have encountered doubts and other Buddhists disparaging this tradition and other traditions. I was once brain washed into thinking how the tradition i was once a member was the only true way and pretty much dismissed other traditions . I was quite young in my practice then and listened…[Read more]

    • That’s a great quote. I remember a conversation with Dharmavidya where he pointed out that if anyone disparaged other Buddhist practices or those of other faiths then it showed something about their own lack of faith. Our own primary practice is nembutsu – and any other practices we or others do we can think of as forms of nembutsu. Ordained…[Read more]

    • Namo Amida Bu. Waving from Malvern, Clare 🙂 (not sure if you’re on Facebook, have you seen that I do a service there every Thurs eve at 8pm now?)

  • clare posted an update 3 months, 1 week 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

  • clare posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hello to everyone on this Nembusu Monday. Im starting to notice more and more how disinterested im becoming with mundane worldly chores that have to be done anyway such as going to the shops. I had to do that today and noticed the intense consumerism going on especially this time of year. I notice im starting to put things back that i can do…[Read more]

    • Namo Amida Bu. Our family have decided not to give presents at Christmas this year and it feels like a relief – all that extra ‘stuff’ that nobody really needed. Instead we can enjoy the food and each other’s company!

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