We run a monthly Skype Amida Shu Service for those who’d like to experience practising with the Amida Shu sangha but who don’t have a face to face temple or group nearby. It runs from 7.30pm – 8.30pm GMT on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
This is currently held by Reverend Satyavani.
After a check-in (with everyone sharing their name and where they are in the world) the service will include a chance to join in chanting, sitting meditation and prostrations, and to hear a Dharma talk.
As we can’t chant together on Skype because of the time delays, you will be able to hear the celebrant and join them when they chant. The celebrant won’t be able to hear you and you won’t be able to hear others on the call, but you’ll know that you are joining with those from around the globe as we practice together, creating an international sacred space.
We usually ask people for a £5 donation or whatever they can afford (whether more or less) when they attend our Listening Circles here at the temple. If you would like to donate to the Amida Trust who support the temple and other projects such as our project in India, please feel free to do so here (or become a Friend of Amida Mandala and make a regular offering here).
If you’d like to find out more and maybe join us, contact Satya firstname.lastname@example.org or search for the Amida Shu Skype using email@example.com and send a request through.
The technical bit: If you’d like to join us you’ll need to have Skype installed on your computer or phone, and a Skype account/ID. You can download Skype for free from this link:
You’ll then need to add me as a contact (type in firstname.lastname@example.org to the search box which should bring up ‘Amida Shu’). If you can’t find me, send me an email with your Skype ID. You can request to join each meeting by sending me a message via Skype chat or sending me an email.
Shortly before 7.30pm on the day of the call you’ll see me calling you, which you should answer using the phone symbol, not the video one. You’ll then need to mute yourself, and only unmute yourself when you’re speaking – otherwise the sound starts to get a bit fuzzy.
If anyone is interested in attending but is put off by the technology, I’m happy to have a trial run with you before then – get in touch. Anyone who is interested in Amida Shu, regardless of their affiliation with other groups or experience levels, are welcome to join us.
If you’re interested in starting your own Skype Practice Group, do get in touch.