Note: Updated on 29th November 2013
Meetings at Amida Sanctuary
Pureland Buddhism in
Newcastle upon Tyne
First - have you booked to come to our special Amida Bodhi Retreat yet?
All details of how to book and pay (50% deposit by the end of October to secure your place, please) are here.
I'd like to recommend this on-line course with Kaspalita, Minister with the Order of Amida Buddha
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Amida Newcastle Meetings during November and December:
Tuesday 5th November:
No meeting at the Amida Sanctuary - instead we are invited, as a sangha, through the Newcastle Council of Faiths, to visit the
Vivekananda Exhibition on Ancient Indian Civilisation
Please see details at the bottom of this newsletter **
NOTE: i) Please email me to let me know if you would like to go by no later than Sunday 27 October, so I can reply on behalf of the sangha
ii) The time of our visit is 6:30 pm. Please make your own travel arrangements to the Hindu Temple - address below.
Tuesday 19th November:
Pureland Buddhist Service, walking and sitting practice, the practices of inward reflection: Nei Quan and Chi Quan. Stone passing - time for personal sharing.
Tuesday 3rd December: NB This meeting is cancelled
Pureland Buddhist practice with Colin McDougall and members of the Amida Newcastle sangha
Tuesday 17th December:
Pureland Buddhist Service, walking and sitting practice. Sitting in the Limitless Light during the darkness of Winter. Our last meeting of 2013
Time: All meetings are from 7 - 9 pm (excepting the visit to the Hindu Temple, which starts at 6:30 pm)
Place: Amida Sanctuary, Beacon House, 49 Linden Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4HA
Note i: Meetings on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month are open to all - come along and see us, whether you've visited regularly or haven't been for a while - and bring your friends! All meetings include Pureland Buddhist practice and social time. No experience necessary.
Note ii: We do not have disabled access
Note iii: if coming by car, please park on the other side of the street, where parking is free for 2 hours prior to 6:30pm and unrestricted after 6:30pm
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Amida Buddhism: Faith and World Peace
That realm cannot be attained while living an easy and indifferent life - Ippen
River of Fire, River of Water
Between the river of fire and the river of water a narrow path leads to the West
This image derives from Shan Tao (613 - 681), one of the great teachers of Pure Land Buddhism. The river of fire represents hatred and the river of water greed. The West, for a Chinese Buddhist, represented the source of Buddhism (India) and, through the teachings of the Pure Land Sutras, the Pure Land created by Amida Buddha. For our purpose here the Pure Land may represent world peace. We can envisage ourselves as on a journey toward it. Behind us is Shakyamuni Buddha whose voice urges us onward. Ahead we see the Light of Amida in the distance. We are travelling toward that Light. Even though the two rivers sometimes come perilously close or even wash over the path, wetting or burning us, we still must go onward toward that Light.
This image gives a fine picture of the spiritual path. It is not so much that we proceed in the knowledge that “We shall overcome some day” as that even if we are doomed to failure there would be no other course open to us. Even if world peace were impossible, we would still have to conceive it and nourish it and work toward it. World peace is, therefore, an object of faith and a fitting description of the goal of the Dharma.
Invitation: "On behalf of the Newcastle Hindu Temple I would like to invite you to an exhibition on Indian civilisation and a celebration of the life of Swami Vivekananda on Tuesday 5th November at 6.30pm at the Hindu Temple, 172 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9QB - please see attached. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 5th November to Saturday 9th November.
There will also be a short presentation by Dr Nikhil Agarwal who is President of Cambridge Global Partners and affiliate researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Agarwal has an active interest in Indian and international politics and has given numerous talks on the life of Swami Vivekananda.
Indian civilisation is one of the most ancient civilisations in the world. Over the millennia the Indian culture evolved philosophies, religions, sciences, arts and architecture – contributing in almost every imaginable field of human endeavour. The exhibition provides an accurate portrayal of the rich Indian culture and heritage and Swami Vivekananda’s life and message are encapsulated in a beautifully animated display.
The exhibition will be followed by a meal at the Temple at 8.00pm so we would be delighted if you are able to join us for the launch of this wonderful exhibition."