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AMIDA NEWCASTLE

Newsletter

May
2013


Meetings at Amida Sanctuary

Pureland Buddhism in
Newcastle upon Tyne

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Tuesday 7th May:

A Pureland Buddhist Service, with walking and sitting guided meditation. Quan Yin practice.

Tuesday 21st May:

A Pureland Buddhist Service, walking and sitting practice. Also more of 'The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss'

Time: All meetings are from 7 - 9 pm


Place: Amida Sanctuary, Beacon House, 49 Linden Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4HA


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Note i: Meetings on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month are open to all - come along and see us, whether you've visited regularly or haven't been for a while - and bring your friends! All meetings include Pureland Buddhist practice and social time. No experience necessary.

Note ii: We do not have disabled access

Note iii: if coming by car, please park on the other side of the street, where parking is free for 2 hours prior to 6:30pm and unrestricted after 6:30pm

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Amida Buddhism:

Faith and Practice - 4


Threefold Mind

Sincerity, Depth and Longing


Commentary:

Faith is not something imposed from outside. It is something that wells up from within. It is triggered from outside. It is like a hidden treasure that somebody has sewn into our clothing without our knowledge. Perhaps one day somebody points out the lump in the hem of our garment and on closer examination we discover the diamond. The nature of this faith is a feeling of longing for the Pure Land, as if one had been exiled from his true home. Looking closely we discover that this longing is a fundamental part of our nature. it is our deepest place. Being sincerely in touch with this deep longing gives us courage and directs us to “go forth for the benefit of all sentient beings, in the service of gods and humans” to do all that we can to assist the Buddhas to make the Pure Land visible to all so that all are similarly awakened to their most fundamental drive until all are living in the service of all.


~ Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Amida Order
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