Amida Trust general membership is to be reconfigured as membership of an association to be called Amida-kai. When Amida Trust was formed in 1996 it was not initially envisaged as a membership organisation. However, as soon as it was in existence, people were asking to join and there was no reason to refuse, so a category of geneal membership whereby individuals joined the Trust on payment of a subscription came into being. In 1998, the first steps were taken in creating a structure of religious commitment within the Trust. This led to the ratification of the Amida Order in 2002 and the emergence of Amida-shu in 2006. This successful growth of the religious sangha has established Amida Pureland Buddhism and gven the Amid Trust a stable and committed core community. However, it also pushed "general membership" into a relatively more peripheral position In May 2007, therefore, a restructuring took place. Amida-kai has been established alongside Amida-shu to restore balance to the organisation as a whole and to provide a platform for those Trust members who are not currently following Amida Pureland Buddhism as their practice or primary affiliation, as well as for those who are.
Membership of Amida Trust is now by membership of either Amida-shu or Amida-kai
Membership of Amida-kai is by subscription - see application form
Membership of Amida-shu is by invitation
An individual can belong to both the Shu and the Kai
The Kai will primarily focus upon non-liturgical activities - classes, seminars, meetings, workshops, interest groups, campaigns, social and cultural activities, and the support of Amida Trust projects
Involvement in Amida Trust projects will be open to Shu and Kai members alike.