@elainepatriciaactive 5 months, 1 week ago
Rearranging the shrine room & no place to hide
Until last week on entering our shrine room two rows of chairs and two rows of cushions would be between you and the main shrine. Shakyamuni Buddha, golden and standing in the centre of our tall Georgian windows was caged by the furniture.
Shakyamuni stands on the main shrine, in the east of the…[Read more]
I’ve been reading Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanh. I was particularly effected by his spiritual experiences described in the book. After another weekend of hypnotising and being hypnotised, I realise how my dreams are effected by the process. Everything flows a bit more freely. Namo Amida Bu helps keep me grounded in reality.
awestruck/ November 4
No mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing. ~ Alan Watts
when two lips are closed
they speak volumes of time and
space; by listening
I am still following along with the chant, when I have quiet times.
I think like any repetitive prayer there is a calming and centering that occurs.
Though when traveling…[Read more]
I am traveling. Yesterday in my head I recited what I could remember while coloring in a mandala at a train station. Today in the quiet of a hotel room I will quietly chant along with the link.
Morning 3; the quote lead to this tanka:
“The cloud of light is unhindered, like open sky;
There is nothing that impedes it.
Every being is nurtured by…[Read more]
Changed profile photo to my shrine-shed/shed-shrine…gets me out of the house and from under the feet of the family, at least…. 🙂
Yesterday, my wife and I got to visit our old church and listen to one of our favorite ministers. I also purchased a peace lily for Amida, which I will be re-potting in a little while. I got a cold for the first time since I moved to Baltimore, so I’m a little sluggish today. That’s ok though, I don’t have much to do anyway. Namo Amida Bu.
I just got a copy of The Feeling Buddha in the mail today. It just went to the front of the (ever expanding) list of things to read. 🙂
Namo Amida Bu. I felt out of sorts yesterday (our day off) and sat for a while in the garden with the rabbits as they ran around, chanting. It felt good to know that I was joining with those who chant on a Monday – you were all with me.
Today I’m starting with some writing and then we’re going to Worcester Hospital for the first Pureland Sangeet…[Read more]
Yesterday, we were very lucky to take part in the Buddha Day celebrations in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The event has been running for the last 14 years and involves Buddhist groups from all over Birmingham.
After offerings of flowers, each group came to the Sultanganj Buddha and shared an element of practice in their tradition.…[Read more]
I am recovering a bit from sore muscles, from shoveling a snow storm – it takes a long time for sore muscles to heal. As well as dealing with some new things regarding health insurance so that is why I wrote this observation…I wonder if attempting to follow intensives for health could be considered compulsive? Well that is more or less moot…[Read more]
It is a little bit cloudy but very nice here in Baltimore. My morning practice was a little different this morning as I forgot to buy matches. Since, I could not light my candle, I sat silently for a while and imagined Amida’s light before I continued my routine. I hope everyone encounters that same light today!
Namo Amida Bu