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Amida Scotland Newsletter 25: Guided 'Meditation For Relaxation' via Skype, August 1st

The next date for your diary -
this is an invitation for you
to join me for a guided
Meditation For Relaxation
session on Skype
on the evening of
Tuesday 1 August
 2017

Time: 7:30 - 9 pm
Venue: via Skype

As this is on-line, it's not just for folk in Scotland!
You can be anywhere, as long as you can connect to the internet and have Skype set up - see below.


During the evening I will lead you through a gentle guided meditation, which will include mindfulness of the breath and of the body, our kindest wishes for ourselves and for others. This will be an evening when you can chill out and replenish yourself, in the midst of your busy life.

In this way both we and all those with whom we come into contact will benefit.

This will be similar to the sessions that I ran for the staff and students at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, during the 11 years that I was Buddhist Chaplain to the Universities. 

I'm inviting you to join me via the medium of Skype. Once we have connected you can sit comfortably, close your eyes, relax and allow the stresses of the day to melt away. Many people have found the experience quite blissful.
(And, if you drop off to sleep, well, that's fine too! That's what your body most needs at the time.) 

Sujatin
NAMO AMIDA BU

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If you’d like to find out more or to let me know that you're joining the meeting, contact me by email here :: Sujatin.

In order to join in you’ll need to have Skype installed and a Skype account – you can download it easily from :: this link

Or instal a Skype app, if you have a smartphone.

Before the 1st August, search Skype for 'Sujatin Johnson' and send a request through. You’ll then need to add me as a contact and request to join the meeting by sending me a message via Skype chat.

NB: Shortly before 7.30pm on the day of the call you’ll see me calling you, which you should answer using the phone symbol, not the video one. You’ll then need to mute yourself, and only unmute yourself if you’re invited to speak individually at the beginning or end of the session – otherwise the sound becomes distorted. 

(Thanks to Satya and Kaspa for these clear and comprehensive directions!)

Note: 
All Welcome
No experience necessary.

 

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Newsletter #24 Amida Pureland Buddhism In Scotland - for July 2017

The next date for your diary -
an Amida Shu Service on Skype
on the evening of
Tuesday 4 July
 2017

Time: 7:30 - 9 pm
Venue: via Skype

Using Skype, you can experience our Amida Shu practice from a distance.

The evening will include a chance to join in walking nembutsu (see below*), chanting, sitting meditation, recitation of the

:: Summary of Faith and Practice,
part of a Pureland Service and to hear a short Dharma talk.
Do you have a question you'd like me to answer? Send it to me :: here. It doesn't matter how basic! I'll either answer during the evening or later.

If you’d like to find out more or to let me know that you're joining the meeting, contact me by email :: Sujatin.

In order to join in you’ll need to have Skype installed and a Skype account – you can download it easily from :: this link

Or instal an app if you have a smartphone.

Before the 4th, search Skype for 'Sujatin Johnson' and send a request through. You’ll then need to add me as a contact and request to join the meeting by sending me a message via Skype chat.

NB: Shortly before 7.30pm on the day of the call you’ll see me calling you, which you should answer using the phone symbol, not the video one. You’ll then need to muteyourself, and only unmute yourself when you’re speaking individually (not when you are chanting along with me) – otherwise the sound starts to get a bit fuzzy. 

(Thanks to Satya and Kaspa for these clear and comprehensive directions!)

Note: 
All Welcome
No experience necessary.

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Find out more about Pureland Buddhism, Amida Buddha and the nembutsu in this :: brief introduction

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:: Here is our Service Book
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* On Verbal and Meditative Nembutsu


The primary practice of Pureland Buddhism is called nembutsu which literally means “mindfulness of Buddha”. Sometimes such mindfulness is interpreted as meaning “keeping in mind” and sometimes as “saying the Name of Buddha”.
 

In our :: Summary of Faith and Practice we say that our nembutsu is not done as a form of meditation. In our approach, rather, meditation is done as a form of nembutsu. When the selection of nembutsu as primary practice has been made, other forms of practice naturally become forms of nembutsu. Nembutsu thus becomes a form of “unremitting mindfulness” as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha, not because one remains consciously attentive to nembutsu every wakeful hour but because it is so integrated into one that it has become second nature. This means that Amitabha is in our life whether we are thinking about him or not. This is what is called “anshin” – peaceful mind or settled faith. It is a state of complete assurance.

This is a state of “joy and ease” rather than one of intense effort. It colours all the sentiments of one’s life and, in particular, takes away the fear of death. By doing so it affects our emotional life in a variety of beneficial ways. We then naturally express what arises and such expression is practice. In this condition, practice is not a means of arriving at any particular state, it is a natural and easy expression of faith and gratitude already established. Whether that expression takes a verbal, kinetic or contemplative form makes no difference. There are a myriad ways to express devotion.
:: link

Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha

NAMO AMIDA BU

:: link


Sujatin

Acharya Sujatin Johnson was born in Edinburgh in 1946, and lived in Perth and Montrose as a baby, before her father's work took the family south of the border. 

She met Dharmavidya in 1998, having been involved in another spiritual tradition for the previous 27 years. She took Refuge at the beginning of 1999 and, since then, has continued studying and practicing with the Amida Order.

She was part of the first Amida Ministry Training cohort. She ordained at Eleusis, in France, and she is now an Acharya (a senior teacher with the Amida Order), and a Senior Buddhist Minister with the Amida Order, supporting other members of the Amida Ministry team.

Prior to moving back to Perth, in November 2014, she led the Amida Newcastle sangha from 2001 and was Buddhist Chaplain at Newcastle University from 2003 - 2014 and also at Northumbria University for several years. In addition to teaching Buddhism at the Universities, she offered pastoral support and ran Meditation for Relaxation sessions for students and staff. She was involved in Interfaith and Peace activities in the city. She runs workshops and retreats in addition to teaching Pureland Buddhism and leading Pureland Services.

She is one of the teachers on the Introduction to Pureland Buddhism on-line course and the editor of the 'Whispers from the Bamboo Grove' newsletters.

 

She is available to conduct these ceremonies (follow the link)

 

My ordination
Sujatin's Ordination in France, July 2002

 

 Updated 21 February 2017