You'll find Talk 2 here
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You'll find Talk 2 here
34 min:04 sec
Bodhi Day, which marks the Enlightenment of the Buddha, is celebrated on December 8th each year. It is traditional to hold a retreat at this time. Always the most important event in the Amida calendar, the Bodhi Retreat has grown in significance as the Amida-shu and the Amida Order have developed.
Every two years, we hold an international retreat, which will include periods of continuous chanting of the nembutsu, which we know, from past experience, has a wonderful effect upon participants. The retreat may also include teachings, seminars, silent periods, Amidist ceremonial, and opportunities for personal sharing.
During this time the Order holds ordinations, commitment ceremonies and renewals of refuge, membership and precepts.
Amida Northeast, Durham, UK
Saturday 5th December
10am - 4pm
Kuvalaya: "The 5th of December will be our northern Bodhi Day. I'm delighted to say that Sujatin will travel down from Perth and join us for the day! There will be chanting, Pureland practice and teaching, and a ceremony."
For further details, if you are in the Durham or NE England area,
:: contact Kuvalaya
Amida Scotland Bodhi Day in Perth
Tuesday 8th December
7 pm - 9 pm
Delighted that we will be celebrating Bodhi Day in 'The Fair City' of Perth, for the first time. During the evening there will be Pureland Sutra reading, a period of extended nembutsu chanting, renewal of vows, warm community and, of course, seasonal refreshments.
:: for more details
Posted on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 at 12:33 PM in Amida, Amida around the world, Amida Hawai'i, Amida Malvern, Amida Pureland Retreat, Amida Sangha, Amida Scotland, Buddhism, Buddhist, Buddhist Practice, Ceremony, Dharmavidya, Diary, News, Pureland Buddhism, Taigh an t-Solais, Whispers from the Bamboo Grove | Permalink | Comments (0)
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There is a series of audio recordings of talks that Dharmavidya gave in the summer of 2006 during a retreat in France
For those of you who couldn't join us, I wanted to give you all a taste of our two weeks of retreat in Bessait-Le-Fromental at Dharmavidya's hermitage, Eleusis. We were an international bunch - the group was Ganendra (Spain), Modgala, Kaspa, Satya, Adam and Caroline (UK), Prajna and James (Canada), Jan (Hawaii), and Maitrisimha, Annetta, and Floor and Jnanamati (the Hague).
Our first week was a Nei Quan retreat and Dharmavidya asked us to pay attention to any thoughts and feelings which arose during practice or times writing in our journals, chasing them and examining them rather than letting them go. We gave daily 'reports' of our findings to Dharmavidya in front of the group which was helpful for individuals and stimulated thought for the rest of the group. Many of us felt great personal shifts, held by Dharmavidya, the daily practice, the group and the beautiful setting.
The second week was the Order retreat which coincided with a heatwave and so we held most of our meetings in the shade under the walnut tree rather than in the stifling attic room! We heard reports of Amida sanghas in India, Malvern, London, Canada, the Hague, Belgium and Spain. The Order retreat is also a time when those who run groups can get support from others in a similar position, and share ideas and experiences.
We were cooked delicious food by Jnanamati, Adam and Floor, and enjoyed much good conversation over the washing up table, going on walks and gathered by the wall in the evening with a cup of chicory. We also enjoyed a swim!
Maybe we'll see you next year... If you'd like to visit before then to volunteer for Dharmavidya in the house or garden, get in touch with Jnanamati for more information.
Namo Amida Bu.
Reverend Satyavani, secretary for the Order
Dates for your Diary - retreats led by Dharmavidya
There are three opportunities to attend a retreat led Dharmavidya over the coming year - do put them in your diaries.
Tues 8th - Sun 13th December 2015 - Bodhi Retreat, Malvern
(12th - all day chanting, 13th - ceremonies)
For more information, look here
Tues 31st May - Saturday 4th June 2016 - Retreat in Malvern
(you can attend part or all of the retreat)
Tues 28th June - Sat 2nd July
Mon 4th July - Fri 8th July 2016
Retreats in Dharmavidya's hermitage, France
More information to follow
Namo Amida Bu
Posted on Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 06:50 PM in Amida, Amida Academy, Amida around the world, Amida Courses, Amida Hawai'i, Amida India, Amida London, Amida Malvern, Amida Newcastle, Amida Pureland Retreat, Amida Sangha, Amida Scotland, Dharmavidya, Eleusis, Friends of Amida, Jnanamati, Kaspalita, News, Pureland Buddhism, Retreats, Satyavani, Susthama, Whispers from the Bamboo Grove | Permalink | Comments (0)
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How lovely to meet you last weekend - such a tender retreat!
So - the Amida Scotland news is that there is no news - or, at least, no concrete news - just yet. However there will be more Amida Pureland Buddhist activity in Scotland in 2015.
There'll be a small temple in my new home in Perth similar to the one I ran in Newcastle for 14 years - a 'home temple', which is quite traditional in Pureland Buddhism. I'll teach and offer opportunities for more Pureland practice - chanting, walking, music, some dancing, some art events - in a warm and welcoming space so we can share and support each other in our spiritual journeys. I also hope to teach in Edinburgh sometimes. Other members of the Amida sanghas around the UK, and maybe further afield, will visit from time to time and there's a whisper of Dharmavidya visiting Scotland again, maybe in 2016.
So I look forward to seeing you again
in the not too distant future.
In the meantime here are links that you might be interested in exploring:
This is the
where you can link with others around the world and find special interest groups, blog posts and discussions, past 'Whispers from the Bamboo Grove' occasional newsletters and 'Running Tide', the Amida magazine.
Sign up :: here
to receive the
'Whispers from the Bamboo Grove'
newsletter, which comes out, usually, every 1 to 3 months.
You'll find past newsletters :: here
Introduction to Pureland Buddhism
:: information here
Event: Friendship on the Path
Retreat with Dharmavidya David Brazier,
Amida Mandala, Malvern
February 24 - 28, 2015
:: details here
Event: Pilgrimage: "In the Footsteps of the Buddha"
March 15 - 30, 2015
:: details here
:: more information on the pilgrimage website here
You can find out about Dharmavidya's centre in France
and you can join the Eleusis network
This is :: a link to to the
Zen Therapy International (ITZI)
Event: ITZI Conference
25 - 27 September, 2015
:: link to website
Posted on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 at 04:31 PM in Amida Pureland Retreat, Amida Sangha, amidashu, Buddhism, Buddhist, Ceremony, Dharma, Dharma Talks, Dharmavidya, Friends of Amida, Inspiration, Modgala, News, Pastoral Letter , Pureland Buddhism, Retreats, Susthama, Whispers from the Bamboo Grove, Writing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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*Updated with Retreat Schedule - see bottom of post
A rare opportunity for you to spend a week at a Pureland residential retreat
Giving and Receiving the Unimpeded Light
led by Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Amida Order.
The Bodhi Retreat payment options can be found by following these links: