September 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm #2116
This afternoon Kaspa & I recorded ourselves chanting for a new project we’re working on – ‘Nembutsu: a simple home practice‘.
We want to make it easier for people who are new to Pureland Buddhism to try out our practice at home, and so we’re in the process of re-writing our website and we’re also going to write a free online course to give people a 30 day taste of the practice.
We’d be interested in what you think of what we’ve written – would this have been useful to you when you first encountered Amida Shu? Is there anything you think we’ve left out? What would you like to see in the course? Those of you running Home Groups – will this be helpful?
I’ve received so much from this simple practice. I really want to pass it on…
Do leave comments here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach both of us.
Thank you, Namo Amida Bu!
September 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm #2127Michael SabaniParticipant
This is phenomenal! Exactly what I need to help strengthen my practice.
September 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm #2131
It’s great to have that feedback Michael – any further feedback once you try it out is very welcome. Glad you’re enjoying Qs in the sand too! Namo Amida Bu.
September 26, 2017 at 11:24 am #2143Sangeetashraddha Cheffings (temple host)Participant
I love that simple introduction. I think I can use it in our Leicester Home Group. Listening to the Nembutsu with melody sung in this way was very helpful. I’ve jotted it down. The gaps with the in-breath are particularly powerful to me and I can envisage ways they can let in Amida’s light. A gap is not a gap without something either side of it and what better than the Nembutsu as a container. I feel inspired!
September 27, 2017 at 10:46 am #2146
Yes, those gaps are important! Really pleased you think it might be helpful for your group Andrew – that was our hope. Watch out for the 30 day course which we’re currently writing…
September 6, 2018 at 7:10 am #3015AnonymousInactive
This seems like a good starting point for me. I’m used to meditation/mindfulness of sorts as it has helped me with my anxiety/depression issues. However, the chanting might take a while to get used to…
September 6, 2018 at 8:48 am #3016
Hi Karen – I’m not sure if you’ve seen the completed course, here: http://amidamandala.com/30days – it’s a free 30 day email course and you can register online. And yes, chanting can take a while for people to get used to, we’re not used to it here in the West. The self-consciousness does wear off if you just keep going… Namo Amida Bu!
October 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm #3117AnonymousInactive
Nembutsu: a Simple home practice is inspiring. I wish I had this years ago, but it has definitely strengthened my resolve to practice consistently. I want to thank you for all of your efforts. Also I am really enjoying the 30 days of nembutsu course. Keep up the brilliant work.
September 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm #3619Peter AdamsonParticipant
I’ve done the online 5 minute chants twice now (two different occasions). They are good. Doing it with others (only a recording, I know) makes a lot of difference.
Up to fairly recently the nembutsu has not made much sense to me. Hopefully this is a changing thing for me.
Namo Amida Bu
October 2, 2019 at 9:29 am #3629Acharya Kaspalita (temple host)Keymaster
Hi Peter, thanks for sharing. Hope your relationship with nembutsu continues to grow.
October 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm #3630AnonymousInactive
After a long break from chanting the Nembutsu.I am finding practicing it again as a daily part of my meditation is both relaxing and rewarding.I feel a connection again with Amida.I also include the lords prayer as I think of jesus as being a bhodisatva.I get inspiration from both.I also once a week make an offering to celebrate my ancestors I have rock in the garden which I put food on.it obviously gets eaten by the birds and a little mouse that lives by my pond but I class all the animals that live there as my garden spirits so that’s fine.Since starting my practice again I feel a much closer connection to nature as well.it’s doing me the world of good.
October 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm #3632Tommy BradshawParticipant
Although I’m not new to nembutsu practice I certainly like whats listed/offered at this site and wish I had stumbled upon it when I first began!
December 4, 2019 at 11:43 pm #3698JohnParticipant
Namo Amida Bu.
I’m chanting along to you and Kaspa. I wanted to chant longer and faster and louder this evening, for some reason.
I have just finished reading your book Just As You Are: Buddhism for Foolish Beings.
I really enjoyed it and got lots from it. Thank you.
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