@sujatinactive 15 hours, 24 minutes ago
This is to remind you that we will hold an Amida Shu Pureland sangha meeting in Perth on the evening of Tuesday 30th May
Come and join us in our warm and welcoming
All welcome – no experience necessary
Make a note of these dates.
A reminder – no meeting in June.
Our meeting in July will be on Tuesday 4th
In August we will not…[Read more]
QUESTION: Can you explain the idea of “two truths”?
SHORT ANSWER: Truth is truth and all encompassing, but there is a relative and an absolute way of intuiting it.
LONGER ANSWER: I am inclined to say that this idea of two truths is a misnomer. It is not really that there are two types of truth. Their are two domains of understanding. These are…[Read more]
Faiths Forum Statement on the Manchester attack
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack; those who have been killed and those who have been injured at the concert in Manchester.
As representatives of nine diverse faith communities, we condemn the terrible attack that has taken place last night.
All of our religions exalt the…[Read more]
Rev Sujatin (temple host) started the topic Discuss the idea that Amida's grace is intended especially for those… in the forum Reflections 1 week ago
…who are not wise, virtuous or accomplished.
A student reflected:
I do not know nor have fixed words for what I think Amida may be, however I feel that the energy or entity that holds grace for us is just there with no discrimination, no agenda, no notions as to wisdom, time, or accomplishment. It is there whether we believe it or not and we…
“ourselves who are already buddhas”
This is not the Amida Shu take – you’ll find Dharmavidya’s post here http://www.friendsofamida.com/forums/topic/no-nature/
Instructions in Nei Quan and Chih Quan
by Dharmavidya, in response to requests for further instruction on dhyana practice in the Amida Pureland School
Buddhism is practice and this practice cannot be separated from faith. People practise what they have faith in and their faith is only real when it manifests in practise. Practice is of two kinds,…[Read more]
Continuing commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice
TEXT: Dwelling in this settled faith
Settled faith is anshin. An-shin literally means “the heart-mind at peace”. We can speak of different modes or dimensions of faith and anshin is one of them. Thus we can distinguish between anshin, shinjin, bodaishin and abhilasa. The first…[Read more]
One of the benefits of having a wee dog: Shinrin-yoku i.e. Forest Bathing http://www.alive.com/health/forest-bathing/
Rev Sujatin (temple host) started the topic The Distinctive Character of Buddhist Psychology: Ten Features ~ Dharmavidya in the forum Buddhist Psychology 4 weeks ago
Originally posted on August 28, 2012 after which it received 1400 views
The following are some significant features of Buddhist psychology and psychotherapy.
# Ideas of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Transformation
# Nobility of Character and Over-coming of Spiritual Danger
# Emptiness of Inherent Nature
# Distinctive view of Encounter,…[Read more]
Welcome, Eva! It sounds idyllic to be living surrounded by nature. An ideal place for someone spiritual. I’m also an older woman, living across the river from the small city of Perth, Scotland. Looking forward to getting to know you better.
Rev Sujatin (temple host) started the topic Vatican calls on Buddhists and Catholics to work together to promote nonviolence in the forum Reflections 1 month ago
An excellent message from the Vatican, encouraging us to work together for peace
The Vatican has issued a letter in recognition of the upcoming Buddhist holiday of Vesak that calls on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to promote “a culture of peace and nonviolence,” The National Catholic Reporter reports.
The letter, issued by the Pon…[Read more]
So pleased that you have joined us here – Namo Amida Bu!
Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice (part 5)
TEXT (is) the practice of Nien Fo
Nien means mindfulness. It also means an impulse of mind. The Japanese form is “nen” which becomes “nem-” in terms like nembutsu. Fo means Buddha. Thus Nien Fo is the Chinese equivalent to nembutsu in Japanese. The characters are the sam…[Read more]
QUESTION: Can you explain “Buddha Nature”?
SHORT ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature.
ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature. Different writers use the concept in different ways, so to elucidate it one needs to clarify which Buddha nature concept one is referring to. Thus, for instance, there is a common idea that Buddha nature is somehow the core or…[Read more]
There are always Bhaktika and Sundari in Sheffield…
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