We have now interviewed three people who are interested in becoming
volunteers in the autumn. They have each travelled to The Buddhist House
or to Sukhavati, Amida's centre in London, for interview and to discuss
the scheme. All intend to join and they offer a variety of skills and
interests. This is an important step forward. A number of other people
have talked to us informally.
From Caroline Brazier: This is a time when many people start to look at courses for the forthcoming
academic year and are thinking about their next step in training. It is
therefore a good time to make enquiries about course programmes at Amida for
the academic year 2004-5.
You will find full details of our training courses on our web site
Turn off your lights for two hours on the summer solstice. June
19-21, 8 to 10 p.m.
Do something special
Read a book with your child by candle light.
Enjoy a quiet dinner with a special person.
This night can mean many things for many people.
A time to save energy, to think about peace,
To think about people in distant lands who share your planet.
On 28th May 2004 the Special Rapporteur on the right to food for the
UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Jean Ziegler wrote to Jim
Owens, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., to express deep concern "about the
actions of the Israeli occupying forces in Rafah and in other
locations in Gaza and the West Bank, using armoured bulldozers
supplied by your company." (1)
At a time when the conflict in the Middle East seems more intractable than ever, with the two sides pulling further apart in mutual hatred and warfare, can we find another way to bring people together for reconciliation and mutual healing?
"I have received a request from Amnesty to email George Bush to express concerns about mistreatment of people in US detention in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq. They enclosed an open letter to Mr. Bush saying that such abuses were highlighted in communications to the US administration from Amnesty in April 2002 and July 2003. It showed that the recent revelations and photographs of abuse of prisoners are not so much an aberration but the norm.
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier