Monday night, after my struggle with technology - during which I did not lose my temper, but did feel mild irritation - we had such a delightful meeting of the Amida Newcastle group. We did the non-stop Nembutsu chanting* to begin with. I used an African drum to keep time. (I'm hoping for a mokugyo soon - they aren't sold anywhere in the UK that I can find). Then we sat. Afterwards I read from a document that Dharmavidya and the extended community were working on during Activist Week. This will be the basis for part of the Pre-Ministry and Dharma Group Leaders training, the skeleton for which I will be developing while I'm in France.
Yesterday I talked by phone to Modgala, who's at Amida France. Someone who's living at the Buddhist House was due to go out to join her last week but his plans have changed. So there are a few things she asked me to take out with me when I travel on Wednesday/Thursday. Tea bags and soya beans - I'll pick them up from 'Out of This World' tomorrow. And there are no Chant Books out there.
Environment is extremely important, not only in how you treat your children but in how you treat yourself. It includes both animate and inanimate situations: your physical living situation as well as the people around you -- your parents, teachers, students, maids, governesses, or whatever. Environment includes your relationship with your business partners, your driver, your waitress, whomever you meet.To be sane and to provide a ground of sanity for others, you need to be sensitive to environment. If you create an unbalanced or aggressive environment, it will produce a sense of separation between you and others -- you and your world. Then you tend to blame everything on somebody else, which in turn brings blame onto yourself as well, at the same time.
~Chogyam Trungpa From "Creating an Environment of Sanity"
11-19 July: The Three Samadhis: Chih (Tranquility): How to be at peace with this world and the world to
come through the dynamics of self-reflection and engagement. Quan (In-quest): Investigating existence, essence and enlightenment
through experience. Nien (mindfulness): Having the highest ideal in mind without losing
touch with one's nature as a "foolish being".
21-29 July: The Four Entrustments: Shimmitsu (Intimacy with the Spiritual): Allowing the spiritual meaning
of life to penetrate. Shinjin (Faith-entrustment): The ecstatic aspect of the spiritual life. Anjin (Settled Faith): Unceasing fidelity to the source of awakening. Bodaishin (The Awakened Heart): The thought of service to all sentient
Tonglen Meditation - Just as pain can grow exponentially, so can compassion and love be
inspired in countless others. All it takes is a single individual who
chooses to transform negative energy into goodness. One method of doing
this is the Buddhist practice of tonglen meditation, wherein you
consciously draw suffering into yourself and release positive energy
with each focused breath.
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