Nuneaton Amida Group Hi every one the Nuneaton Sangha will meet once a fortnight on Saturday mornings.From 10.30am till 12 noon.We will have a small service,including chanting,and meditation,followed by a buddhist reading and an open discussion.then tea and biccies or cake. anyone welcome.The address is 17 farriers way nuneaton cv11 6uz.hope to see you Namo Amida Bu.
This retreat, led by Dharmavidya, was the first event in the series of Five Sesshin. It was held in our Ojo Period when we remember important figures connected with the Amida Order who died at this time: Gyomay Kubose Sensei, Gisho Saiko Sensei, and Rev Amrita Dhammika. Sange means contrition. On this retreat participants addressed themselves to a series of self examination questions in order to make a life review. There was a gentle atmosphere throughout. The next event in this series will be the Anjin Sesshin 4-8 July at Amida France. There is a group on Friends of Amida for people interested in doing the Five Sesshin Training.
The staff team for this event was Dharmavidya, Prasada, Bhaktika and Liz Burnham. Liz and Bhaktika were new to the staff team so this was a first run of the new expanded staff group. It all went very well.
On 5th December Amida Trust became one of the founder members of the Institute for Spirituality, Religion and Public Life established by Leeds Metropolitan University to foster research and public interest in the relation between spirituality and civic involvement.
December 8th is Enlightenment Day, the celebration of the founding of the Buddhist religion. At The Buddhist House members of the Amida sangha are gathered in retreat. Highlights of the retreat have been and are being broadcast using the video facility on the Friends of Amida ning site. These have included the 24 hour nembutsu chanting on 1st-2nd, ceremonies and teachings by Dharmavidya and Prasada, and will include an ordination on 7th December at 9.00 GMT, further teachings and practice. The ordination of a new member of the sangha is something particularly precious in this age and society where the vital ingredient of personal commitment is often rare. It is a gift to humanity. It is also entry into the most wonderful life.
The retreat marks the end of a full year for the Amida sangha and, perhaps, a cusp in the ethos of society at large where economic difficulties and political change are at a particularly acute stage. This is a time to reach out. The advent of an as yet primitive broadcasting facility is focussing minds upon how to further improve the connection between activity at The Buddhist House and those who are connected but unable to be physically present and how to enable Amidists around the world to play a full part in prctice and propagation of the Dharma. Amida activity overseas seems once again to be increasing after a lull. Concern for the distant and sometimes unseen other is a valuable aspect of Buddhist training and therefore a by no means inappropriate concern for a week dedicated to awakening. Our community is centred on faith and in our faith community, the sangha jewel, plays a particularly important role. As the connections within our sangha intensify so the influence of Amida Buddha shines more and more brightly in this afflicted world; when we have faith in the Buddha's principle of concern for the other miracles happen of their own accord. Namo Amida Bu.
We are holding our annual 'Exile and Return' retreat in commemoration of the founders of Pureland Buddhism in Japan who were exiled at the beginning of the thirteenth century. This retreat is a short period of intensive practice.
Read: Alena, Kaspalita and Dharmavidya.