Following on from the Meet Amida Event (our wonderful meet and greet for local groups and neighbors, attended by 100 people all eager to find out just what exactly those people in red do) Dharmavidya and Prasada were at Waterstones, Leicester on the 15th signing copies of The Other Buddhism and Who Loves Dies Well - if you haven't got your signed copy yet, they'll be at BORDERS, (Triangle Grove) Leicester 5th October to to talk about Pureland and will be signing copies there.
We left Waterstones and headed down to London for the events there (see below) it's great to see the London Sangha pulling together and able to set up and promote events like this. We returned tired, but happy about 2am, this morning, after encountering viscous road works. Prasada's on the move again tomorrow, back to London for a Hospital Chaplaincy meeting, while Dharmavidya and Modgala head off for the Benelux retreat (22nd - 23rd).
This weekend we have one of our introductory retreats: The Other Buddhism, led by Prasada. For more information on this or any of our events please see our events weblog http://amidatrust.typepad.com/events or call 0116 2867476.
What a busy week or so in London ... Sangha members attended two anti Arms fair events (chanting at the peace demo and a candlelight vigil), an Islington peace event, put up a new sign outside Sukhavati - which had an immediate effect when a passerby joined us for the Wednesday practice, tidied-up and planted the front garden (well, four chrysanthemums anyway), had several conference calls to allot the final tasks for the Open Day and the book launch events, a Vow 22 meeting at Joan's, delivering leaflets to local venues, front doors, St James & various bookshops .... even as I type (Friday night) vegan pates and cakes are being made for Sunday. S*d's Law: the council have chosen this moment to dig up the pavement right outside Sukhavati and close off open access just in time for Sunday - if they haven't moved on by Sunday some creative and rather minor civic (sic) disobedience may be in order.
Both events were a great success. We had a constant stream of guests throughout the open day, talking to about 30 people in all, some old friends and some new. Services were presided over by Dharmavidya and Prasada who came along with Gareth from Narborough to support the Open Day, and for the Book Launch Tuesday night. The book launch was another good event, smaller numbers, but a much more intently interested audience - Cordelia introduced Prasada and Dharmavidya who talked about the process of writing and then shared some extracts, which some lively discussion followed.