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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
Moscow, Russia: Construction will begin on two Buddhist temples in Moscow this fall, one of which will be dedicated to Buddhists killed in World War II.
Tatyana Odushpayak, chairwoman of Moscow's Three Jewels Buddhist center, told local news website M24.ru that a design would be selected in September for a temple at the Poklonnaya Gora war memorial park, where there is already a mosque, church and a synagogue.
The presence of various places of worship in the park reflects the side-by-side fighting by believers of different faiths during World War II.
According to Odushpayak, the temple will be built using donations. Municipal deputies have already approved the construction, and land has been allocated for the project, deputy Nikolai Tkachuk told M24.ru.
A second temple, to be build in the Otradnoye district, will also be located near an Orthodox church, a mosque and a synagogue, and will also rely on donations from the public.
The required sum for the planned two-story temple is about 200-250 million rubles ($5.4 million - $6.8 million), Dulma Shagdarova, chairwoman of Moscow's Buddhist Society, told M24.ru.
Jogjakarta, Indonedia -- Indonesian police have been put on alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.
The threat was posted on a Facebook account under the title ‘We Are Islamic State’ – apparently the one of Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) followers – on August 15.
It read, “God willing, [Borobudur] will be demolished by Islamic caliphate mujahidin!”
Tightening security around Borobudur was not the only measure taken, as police in Central Java province also begun thoroughly searching through data from the Internet for possible clues about the plan.....