News of Amida Events to celebrate Bodhi Day
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.
International Bodhi Retreat 2015
with Dharmavidya David Brazier
Dharmavidya:"The Essential Meaning of Nembutsu: Nothing to Hide
It's possible to attend all or part of the retreat -
look :: here
:: details here
To give you a taste of what continuous nembutsu chanting is like, and to get an inkling of how joyful it feels, look ::here
This year's chanting and dharma talks will be streamed live - more details nearer the time.
Here are details of other Bodhi celebrations that the Amida Order are holding this December:
Amida Hawaiʻi Bodhi Day Service & Celebration
Amida Mosaic, London, Ontario, Canada
The Amida Mosaic sangha will celebrate Bodhi Day on
9am - 7pm. at the home of Prajna and James.
We will chant and meditate 9am-4pm.
conduct a Vow ceremony at 4:30pm and
host a festive potluck at 5:30pm.
Vows will include Lay Order (Mitra) membership, Amida-shu admission, and the 5 Refuges.
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