These announcements are sent to youcourtesy of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Seattle. (BPF-S). This post lists events and actions that we believe will be of interest to Buddhist social activists and our friends. Events are also listed and continuously updated on our web page: http://www.bpf-seattle.org
1. Sunday, June 5th: BPF Monthly Gathering- Creating Fertile Ground for Social Engagement 2. Monday, June 6th: Core/Communication planning/business meeting.
Dharma Network founder Fleet Maull is presenting at the Seventh International
Conference of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Saturday June 4th
from 7 – 9 pm. Fleet will be engaging in a dialogue with a Christian minister on
the subject of prison ministry. For more information please visit the
following website: http://www.lmu.edu/pages/3.asp?EventID=308
Today I've been sewing wagesas ('little kesas' - robes) for Sally and Colin, who will be joining the Amida School soon. I've also printed out instructions so that they can embroider the setting sun with whisps of cloud across it, which is our 'logo', on a square which will sit at the back of the neck. Sally is proficient at embroidery - together we will help Colin. During other summers I've sat under the trees in France helping a number of sangha with this.
This afternoon I've been looking for travel and accommodation information for Ching-Ying, who will be coming to Amida France in July, and booking Formule 1 accomodation in Paris for myself both for my outward and return journeys at the ends of June and July respectively. Now it's time to organise the meditation hall and to continue recording a guided meditation tape for the university staff before the Amida Newcastle group arrive for our meeting at 7:30 pm.
Today is another sewing day - for the last couple of days I've been making myself a couple of Chinese-type tunic jackets to wear when red civvies are too little and robe is too much for the occasion. And I've been listening, on my iPod, while sewing, to Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Jan Garbarek and k.d.lang. All great chill out music to balance the speed of the sewing machine.
Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or blame.
~ The Buddha
I'm afraid I have to own up to being a little bit pleased by praise and rather more shaken by blame - both much less than I would have been in the past but I can't own up to unshakable rock-like qualities. But then, I consider myself a foolish being and rather a long way from the wisdom of which the Buddha speaks.
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