December 2015 Blog Posts (6)

In the Amida Sangha

Taking stock of the progress of the Amida Shu sangha at the end of 2015 it is hard to find words sufficient to praise the achievement of Kaspalita and Satyavani and all those involved in the establishment of the Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern. This was itself the culmination of several years of dedication which began with them holding Pureland religious services in the tiny…

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Added by David Brazier on December 20, 2015 at 15:13 — 1 Comment

Ordination as a Gankonin

On the Bodhi Retreat 7-13 December In Amida Mandala Malvern, I was ordained as Amita Vajrapala, a Gankonin in the Amida Order, vocation as a disciple to the service of the Buddhas and budhisattvas to help and serve all sentient beings.

The transmission of Amida's light was transmitted to me by the precepts I discided to take, by the kind love, care and wisdom…

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Added by Vajrapala Lut Moerman on December 15, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

A Calling

I spent last week in retreat with my Buddhist family, celebrating Shakyamuni's enlightenment at Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern, England. Something very special happens when we meet like this, grounded in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, reaching out to the loving power of Amitaba Buddha who fills us with Love in return. The whole building was glowing with peace and happiness and everyone who participated was profoundly moved and excited by it. 

In the various services and ceremonies that…

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Added by Dayamay Dunsby on December 14, 2015 at 11:52 — 1 Comment

Bodhi Day Retreat ~ Canada

Friends,

Yesterday,  the Amida Mosaic Sangha celebrated Bodhi Day.  Our day included morning service, sitting meditation and chanting.  Additionally, James led us on a mindful nature walk and Nancy led us in sacred movement. We also enjoyed two Dharma talks by Dharmavidya (Bodhi Day 2014 and this years first talk).  Also, Stephen, our guest from Connecticut, shared a…
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Added by Prajnatara Teresa Bryant on December 14, 2015 at 3:29 — No Comments

A prayer/practice to open our heart in dark period

After Charlie's attack, Lama Wangmo wrote a practice, based on Tonglen to help keeping an open heart while assaulted by the madness of violence, terrorism and the answer people adopt.

It has been translated to English and can be freely used in any groups of :

Practising in face of horror…

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Added by Cédric Lémery on December 10, 2015 at 11:43 — 4 Comments

Buddhist Activism

Dear Dharmavidya, Like so many Americans I am deeply saddened by the ever increasing deadly violence in my country.Despite this relentless blood bath our "leaders" refuse to enact even the most common sense gun laws or help for the mentally ill. What can I as an American Buddhist do in a concrete manner to improve these intolerable conditions?
Namo Amida Bu, Stephen Greenberg

Added by Stephen greenberg on December 5, 2015 at 13:24 — 3 Comments

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Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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