Wherever I go, I always give advice to be altruistic and kind to others. And from my own point of view, I am concentrating my own energies, meditation, and so forth, on the increase of kindness. This is essential, essential Buddhadharma.
Distance learning tapes all copied, wrapped (I have a roll of 60 metres bubblewrap which should keep me going for a while) and in envelopes waiting to be posted in the morning. I've also updated the Amida Newcastlewebsite. Two ticks for the 'To do' list.
I've spent the last few minutes designing a tape cover for the Amida Trust Buddhist Psychology Distance Learning Unit 1 tapes. Now to copy, wrap and send them - to different parts of the UK, Guernsey, Belgium, Canada, US, Botswana and New Zealand. I remember how much fun it was, when I was doing the course, to be part of such a lively world-wide sangha.
In a sense a religious practitioner, whether man or woman, is like a soldier engaged in combat. Who is the enemy? Ignorance, anger, attachment, and pride are the ultimate enemies; they are not outside, but within, and must be fought with the weapons of wisdom and meditative concentration.
~ from The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace
Met up with my chum, Akuppa, of the FWBO - we get together for a meal, natter and planning session every few weeks. This summer he has been in Finland and Estonia, I've been in France, Canada and Kephalonia so we had plenty of news to catch up on. We talked about Engagement, his reaction to Dharmavidya's 'The New Buddhism' and fixed a date for our next Buddhists For Peace meeting.
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