Ananda

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Mahalo Satya. It is a bit weird to contemplate the possibility of living within 10 miles of an actively erupting volcano for the foreseeable future. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Mahalo Johanthan. BTW I will be in the DC area around 7/23 if you want to meet up. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda posted an update 4 months ago

    The ongoing volcanic eruption here in Hawaii is surreal. For past several days we have been able to hear and feel the thunder and roar of the eruptions occurring eight miles away. On Thursday the sulfur dioxide was so heavy that it was hard to breath at the response center in the town a few miles from the active eruption.

    Today, Friday, the…[Read more]

    • I can’t imagine it, Ananda. We transferred merit after our nembutsu circle last night, and will do so again this week. We’re also holding you all in our thoughts and hearts. Sending lots of love, Satya

      • Mahalo Satya. It is a bit weird to contemplate the possibility of living within 10 miles of an actively erupting volcano for the foreseeable future. Namo Amida Bu!

    • We dedicated merit at First U this morning. Keeping you in mind. Stay safe.

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

    I have been working for many years on building good collaboration and coordination among the various Buddhist groups, especially the established temples. They have started coming to our Interfaith meetings and been taking on more active roles in those meetings. Hopeful, but it is still a slow process. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Ananda posted an update 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Gave the Dharma Talk (sermon) at the Puna Hongwanji today. Spoke mostly about refuge, both going for refuge and offering refuge to others. Namo Amida Bu!

    • Wonderful that you were asked – I guess you have an ongoing relationship with them? Refuge… what more does anyone need? _/\_

      • I have been working for many years on building good collaboration and coordination among the various Buddhist groups, especially the established temples. They have started coming to our Interfaith meetings and been taking on more active roles in those meetings. Hopeful, but it is still a slow process. Namo Amida Bu!

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

    Aloha All,

    Here is the update. There are now multiple active fissures now. In addition to the lava itself, poisonous sulfur dioxide gas is a serious concern. About 1700 individuals have been displaced. Additionally, there is water rationing in the area.

    We had some pretty intense earthquakes today. The strongest was a magnitude 6.9. To put that…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Aloha All,

    If you have been watching the news, you probably now know that there is an active lava flow in a neighborhood in Hawaii. All Amida Hawaii folks are safe. Most of the sangha live about an hour and half away from the flow. I live the closest, about seven miles distant.

    This flow came to the surface quickly and spectacularly. People are…[Read more]

  • Ananda replied to the topic Hello! in the forum Introductions 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Welcome and Aloha Michael! I have never been to Kanas City though I have traveled extensively across the continental US. Glad to you have joined the site. Namo Amida Bu!

  • What a timely message for those of us in Hawaii who are striving to recite a million Nembutsu this year. Namo Amida Bu!

  • Demonstrate an Alternative is a phase much associated with Amida Shu. I first encountered it in the early days of the Amida Trust when there was a lot of activity around animal rights, peace campaigns, immigrant advocacy, etc. I am not sure whether the phrase was coined originally by Dharmavidya or borrowed from another source.

    What does…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted an update 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    My wife, Judy, has been away at a writers conference in the continental US. Even without her here, there is still cooking and cleaning to be done, dogs to be fed, and a cat to be coddled. There is my job, the daily work that pays the bills.

    Alone, my schedule has not changed much. It is quieter. There are no TV shows or movies, which are Judy’s e…[Read more]

    • What a lovely post to read Ananda. Yes, its so easy to be lost in the daily chores and routines, even though they are necessary. To let go and sit back tunes us back in to what is – The here and now!. Thank you for reminding me of this special, simple and very peaceful practice. Namo Amida Bu

  • Ananda posted an update 7 months, 1 week ago

    In the Christian tradition, today (2/14/18) is Ash Wednesday. It is when Jesus begins his journey towards Jerusalem and his eventual arrest, torture, execution, and the resurrection. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which a time of repentance (heart/mind change) and prayer.

    Like Christians, Buddhists have a strong confession tradition.…[Read more]

  • Ananda posted an update 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Today, January 27th, we remember the Jewish Holocaust. Though we all agree that such an abomination must never happen again, genocides continue. Today it is the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in the allegedly Buddhist country of Myanmar.

    At times like this, when I feel utterly powerless and teeter on the edge of despair, I turn to the writings…[Read more]

  • What fun. Do play it. It is meant to emphasize how difficult it is to be born as a human.

  • Aloha Vajrapala,

    I like the image of the thousand armed Avalokitesvara as well! However, I worry that if we — as individuals  — are not willing to act as one of Quan Yin’s hands, this image of Avalokitesvara may be nothing more than religious idealism.

    Namo Amida Bu!

  • A Buddha offers refuge to all. Which means that a true refuge — one that is open everybody — will be a messy mix of humanity. They will be loud and cacophonous places filled with people fleeing troubled lands and situations. Refugees will often be stressed, worried, and traumatized. They may speak different languages and have different customs and…[Read more]

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

  • Ananda‘s profile was updated 8 months 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]

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