Acharya Sujatin (temple host)

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    • #3732

      Yes, one of my sangha was talking about how he came to Pureland Buddhism yesterday evening – I’m sure that that instant ‘at home’ feeling is because Amida has always been chanting to us – and, at one point, we are blessed to stop and listen and then hear that call.

    • #3725

      @dharmavidya says, “Jodo Shu”

    • #3723

      It was incorporated at a time when I wasn’t with the sangha – I will ask for you

    • #3721

      That sounds like a good source of inspiration, Tommy. Post-it notes – what a good idea – just writing one now…

    • #3719

      What word would you choose for the year ahead?

    • #3641

      Yes, I agree with you both. Doing what we can is better than doing nothing, both spiritually and psychologically. And one of the Amida tenets is ‘demonstrating an alternative’. Showing we care about our earth and the sentient beings it houses. Showing courage and supporting others who do so.

    • #3577

      Dharmavidya:

      FOOTNOTE: It is sometimes assumed that the kind of approach described above is slower than more directive approaches. This is incorrect.  How rapidly an approach moves along depends on its accuracy. Most of the encounters in Zen stories are very brief – two minute therapy. Two minute therapy is possible when the exchange is on the ball. To be on the ball in this way, the therapist must, in principle, be empty of self and empty of preconceived ideas. To put the same thing differently, they must be invulnerable to manipulation and have no manipulative intention of their own. Things can then move along without impediment. I imagine this principle applies whatever type of therapy one is talking about.

       

    • #3448

      Hello Paulo – there are occasional on-line activities you can join in that will help you connect with others here and that will support your practice. Look here

      For example, tomorrow evening there’s this

      And lots of suggestions here

      Namo Amida Bu

    • #3446

      Beautiful – thank you! _/l\_

    • #3344

      Hello Stephanie – wasn’t that a super day! You haven’t been able to follow the link because I changed it from Shibusa to Shibui, which sounds gentler to me. I think shibusa is the noun and shibui is an adverb https://lotusinthemud.typepad.com/shibui/

      At the moment I am knitting – a twiddlemuff for my 97 year old mother whose world is shrinking dramatically. I finished the knitting part and have just been to The Range to buy beads, buttons, bows, ribbon to add to it. So poignant to see her decline (via small video clips from my sisters)

    • #3315

      Thank you – I will. I’ve just taken a small piece off the little loom to take to the lodge as a wall hanging. Planning my next pieces!

    • #3301

      Vittorio – I don’t see any reason not to! If Amida has called you and connected with your heart in this form then, along with Nembutsu chanting, this would make a beautiful, profound and meaningful practice for you. What a blessing!

      :: link

      Junirai “The Twelve Adorations”

      About Junirai

      Junirai was written by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd –3rd BCE) the first of the Seven Masters of Jodo Shinshu. It expresses eloquently the depth of Nagarjuna’s gratitude to Amida Buddha.

       

      (translation below)

      KEI SHU TEN NIN SHO KU GYO

      A MI DA SEN RYO ZOKU SON

      ZAI HI MI MYO AN RAKU KOKU

      MU RYO BUSHI SHU I NYO

       

      KON JIKI SHIN JO NYO SEN NO

      SHA MA TA GYO NYO ZO BU

      RYO MOKU JO NYAKU SHO REN GE

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      MEN ZEN EN JO NYO MAN GATSU

      I KO YU NYO SEN NICHI GATSU

      SHO NYO TEN KU KU SHI RA

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      KWAN NON CHO DAI KWAN CHU JU

      SHU JU MYO SO HO SHO GON

      NO BUKU GE DO MA KYO MAN

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      MU BI MU KU KO SHO JO

      SHU TOKU KYO KETSU NYO KO KU

      SHO SA RI YAKU TOKU JI ZAI

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      JIPPO MYO MON BO SASSHU

      MU RYO SHO MA JO SAN DAN

      ISHO SHU JO GAN RIKI JU

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      KON TAI HO KEN CHI SHO KE

      ZEN GON SHO JO MYO DAI ZA

      O HI ZA JO NYO SEN NO

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      JIPPO SHO RAI SHO BUSSHI

      KEN GEN JIN ZU SHI AN RAKU

      SEN GO SON GEN JO KU GYO

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

      SHO U MU JO MU GA TO

      YAKU NYO SUI GATSU DEN YO RO

      I SHU SEPPO MU MYO JI

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      HI SON BUSSETSU MU AKU MYO

      YAKU MU NYO NIN AKU DO FLI

      SHU NIN SHI SHIN KYO HI SON

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      HI SON MU RYO HO BEN KYO

      MU U SHO SHU AKU CHI SHIKI

      O JO FU TAI SHI BO DAI

      KO GA CHO RAI MI DA SON

       

      GA SETSU HI SON KU DOKU JI

      SHU ZEN MU HEN NYO KAI SUI

      SHO GYAKU ZEN GON SHO JO SHA

      E SE SHU JO SHO HI KOKU

       

      NAMANDABU

      NAMANDABU

      NAMANDABU

      NAMANDABU

      NAMANDABU

      NAMANDABU

       

       

      EKOKU

      GAN NI SHI KU DO KU

      BYO DO SE ISSAI

      DO HON BO DAI SHIN

      O JO U AN RA KOKU

       

      The English translation of this gatha is from the Shinshu Seiten, Jodo Shin Buddhist Teaching, published by the Buddhist Churches of America, 1978.

      Junirai Translation
      Before Amida Buddha, whom Deva and men worship,

      I humble myself in deepest reverence.

      In His wondrous Land of Bliss

      Surrounded is He by countless Bodhisattvas.

       

      His golden form shines forth pure, like the King of Mount (Sumeru);

      His practice of Truth is steadfast, like an elephant’s pace;

      His eyes radiate, like pure blue lotus blossoms.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      His countenance is perfectly pure and round, like the full moon;

      His majestic light shines like a thousand suns and moons;

      His voice is like a heavenly drum, yet like a heavenly bird (Kokila).

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      Avalokitesvara wears upon his crown,

      The image of Amida adorned with many precious jewels,

      He subdues the arrogance of demons and heretics,

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      Incomparable, vast and pure His Virtues are,

      Clearly extending like vast open space,

      His acts freely benefiting all.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      Bodhisattvas from the ten quarters

      And countless maras always venerate Him.

      He dwells with Vow-power for the sake of all beings.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

      In the Golden treasure pond where the lotus flowers bloom,

      Established with goodness is a wondrous throne;

      Where reigns the Lord, like the King of Mount (Sumeru).

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

      From the ten quarters Bodhisattvas come,

      Revealing wondrous powers, they attain blissful state;

      Honoring His face, they offer eternal homage.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      All things are transient and without self

      Like the moon on water, lightning, shadow, or dew.

      “The Dharma cannot be expressed by words,” the Buddha proclaimed.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      No words of evil are in His Land;

      No fear of evil doers, nor evil paths;

      With sincere heart all beings worship Him.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      His Land of infinite expediencies

      Is without degenerate things or wicked beings;

      Upon Rebirth, Non-Retrogressive Bodhi does one attain.

      Thus I prostrate myself before Amida Buddha.

       

      Thus have I praised the Virtues of Amida.

      Boundless are they like the water of the sea.

      Upon receiving these pure and good qualities

      May all beings be reborn into his Land.

    • #3288

      Good evening – glad that you have found our sangha!

      Namo Amida Bu

      Sujatin

       

    • #3208

      Glorious morning. I’m sitting admiring the view of mountains in the distance, writing an Order of Service and Ceremony document for Amida Scotland’s Bodhi Day Retreat on Saturday

    • #3119

      Glad you’ve found your way here!

      Namo Amida Bu

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