A new book by Kaspa and Satya, both of whom are members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) about Pureland Buddhism which "takes a realistic view of our foolish natures as human beings, and offers us an alternative to the 'do it yourself' self-help movement. With anecdotes of temple life and instructions for simple... practices... it can make a powerful difference to our everyday lives."http://www.amazon.com/Just-As-You-Are-Buddhism/dp/0993131719

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I just finished this book and could hardly put it down, it was so good and engaging. The format was awesome as authors Satya and Kaspa alternated between chapters, followed by briefs from Amida-Shu members commenting at the end of chapters. I loved everything about the book. It certainly among other factors and books reached within me deeply and I feel a new faith developing. I'm ready, my doubts have disappeared. I find the clarity and depth of Amida-Shu over the last two years especially and I call out Namo Amida Bu and my distressed and wandering soul is at this point relaxed in The Infinite Light.

I highly recommend this book, Feeling Buddha and Buddhism is a religion as great starting books. I've read all of them and contribute a lot of my current joy to them, as well as, the Intro to Pure land Buddhism course.

What I really like about this book is that once you have read it you can maybe go to a service at Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern and feel at home straight away, knowing so much about the ethos of the place already and already feeling welcomed by the Priests there and knowing a lot about them and their thinking and spirituality.

Really a fantastic book.

So realistic, so open and vulnérable.

And so helpful.

A very beautiful gift from Satya and Kaspa to this shu, this sangha and this world.

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