Head of the Amida Order
Dharmavidya will be in Korea for the whole of August as guest of the Korean Association for Buddhism and Psychotherapy giving courses in Buddhist psychology.
Dharmavidya was the lead speaker at the University d'Ete, a persona centred conference in the south of France, 1-4 July
In September Dharmavidya will be visiting Japan and giving events in Kyushu, Hiroshima, Tokyo and Nagoya.
vows as an Amida minister have been confirmed
Watch the ceremony here
Fiona and Kaspalita went to Buddhafield
Kaspa & I attended the Buddhafield festival in place of Modgala this year. She was a hard act to follow! Many people asked after her and wanted us to pass on love.
After a shaky start we started to find our feet by getting to know the other Buddhist dharma teachers in the Dharma Parlour where we were based. We felt very welcomed and hope to continue to build these relationships in future years.
We went to my first puja and talked to lots of Buddhist practitioners from Triratna, Nichiren etc. We ran a successful workshop on Zen Therapy on the Sunday. We spoke to many people around the campfire about our own practice, and answered questions about wearing red!
We'd recommend this festival to anyone next year - there's no alcohol on site, which is such a refreshing change, and everyone was so smiley. We've come away filled with inspiration.
Namo Amida Bu to all,
Fiona & Kaspa
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Here is news from Belgium:
"For the moment, Oud-Turnhout is a little sangha with Jnanamati, Rob and Katrien; we share, practice and live together and this is full of inspiration and good. Maybe Dharmavidya comes on Sunday, while Jnanamati leaves then to go back to U.K. and Rob leaves on Monday to travel to Finland. On Wednesday we had the first contacts with Wouter to set up a Zentherapycourse in Belgium in 2014 and we visit some sangha members in Antwerp. Saturday, 14th July we meet with the Pureland practice group in Gent from 2pm until 5pm and before that we go to visit Daniel, the partner of Lut, who had a bad accident.
Since 3 July, there is each Tuesday a meditation evening in the house of Katrien and some new people come to join. We'll see how it grows. So the little Amida sangha and the ITZI-seat here are well!
Namo Amida Bu
I have been visiting Europe and the UK since late in May and in just a few weeks am going back to Melbourne. I have managed to be involved with quite a range of activities and have extended friendships with many Sangha members.
Late May Katrien Sercu and I spent a sunny weekend with the Belgium Sangha in the Ardeenes enjoying the good company and nature. This is a group bathed in warm friendship and shared practice.
While in Begium I have helped both Jnanamati and Katrien to locate prospective venues for workshops and presentations and also in meeting with people who are offering to help us to develop our work here. We have also practiced together regularly and enjoyed discussing Dharma. And speaking of practice; we joined with some local friends in an 8 hour chant last Sunday - July 8. This is a very good length for such a practice. We practiced with much voice and energy throughout the day and felt good fortune to have shared such a place.
The June Sesshin was held in the focus of our precepts. Dharmavidya led us through practice, discussions and comtemplations. We also spent one morning in intensive nei quan work looking to those who have been significant in our lives. This was a very special practice and we finished with a ceremony of fire by offering up our musings to Amida. Dharmavidya expertly contained the fire and nothing else of Sahishnu’s home was also offered up to Amida!
Namo Amida Bu
News from the Amida Order Retreat
About two thirds of the Amida Order have managed to get together for the retreat/conference in Derbyshire in UK. On the second day we had a joyous ordination ceremony in which Prajnatara from Canada confirmed her vows and so became the first Amida full minister outside of Europe - an important step forward. The meeting has been dominated so far by discussion of the transition process that the Order is currently engaged in. At one time Amida Trust and the Amida Order were virtually coincident. However, now, with the increasing number of overseas ordinations and the changes that have occurred in organisation over the past couple of years, we are recognising that we have become a fully international sangha operating through the medium of a variety of organisations that provide vehicles for the Order's work in different parts of the world.......
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Diamond Jubilee Musings
by Acharya Modgala:
I wonder if there have been many heated discussions about the role of the Queen and the Diamond Jubilee around the country. I know that I have heard many different strong points of view. I guess having lived almost next door to them in Scotland for a few years I am a bit biased. Also too meeting her in Lambeth Palace in March and seeing just how many hands she shakes in a day, how long she is on her feet and the number of speeches she makes and at age 86 does increase my respect for her.
However yesterday in St Pauls Cathedral many other thoughts crossed my mind. Underlying was my nervousness at being one of the Buddhist Representatives - who am I to be here? And will I do something stupid like fall over my robe as we were processed in? Yet I was glad to be there, especially as there were so few female world faith representatives. It made us think that maybe we women of Faith need to come together more and support each other in our journeys......
Read the latest copy of 'Running Tide':
Faith and Praise
Some of the events during the next few weeks
This is the new consultation room at Sukhavati
Selena has a new friend (ahhhh)
and Kaspa and Fiona have a new home
Thinking of setting up a local Amida Group?
You'll find helpful information and links to resources here