Mindfulness is an "in subject". However, our minds always are full of something. What is being missed is the question, mindful of what? Mindfulness does not just mean bare awareness of immediate reality. In the teaching of Buddha it means consciousness of what is beyond this reality - the "other shore", "other power", nirvana. That is what makes a life spiritual. There is more than just this. The key Zen text, the Heart Sutra, is about "going beyond"; the key Pureland text, the Sutra of Immeasurable Life, is about the beyond coming to us. Either way, Buddhism is about adding another dimension to our lives, not narrowing our consciousness, but expanding it and coming to life spiritually. In this world there is much beauty and much suffering. Buddhism is a path of love that sees beyond the immediate frustrations and disappointments to open up to a reality that is extraordinary and marvellous.
Come and join us for an afternoon where you will be introduced to the spiritual journey of walking, or dancing, the labyrinth. The afternoon will be led by Jackie, who has trained as a facilitator with Veriditas and is a tribal dancer, and Sujatin, who has had a short training in using the labyrinth for therapeutic purposes.
We will combine this introduction with nembutsu odori - dancing the nembutsu - a traditional Pureland practice of Pureland masters such as Kuya and Ippen.
We will use a variety of drums and other musical instruments - bring your own if you have them. This will be the first of a number of labyrinth and dancing events.
Cost: by donation. Suggested amount - £10 waged, £4 unwaged
We are now moving towards the most important retreat in the Amida calendar, the Bodhi Retreat. This is a time of reflection and celebration as well as a time in the year when people receive ordination, become Amida shu members and take refuge. It is also an opportunity for the Sangha to come together to engage in an extended period of devotion and nembutsu practice.
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