A date for your diary -
our next sangha meeting in Perth
will be on the evening of
5 June 2016
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais', 19 Fairmount Terrace, Barnhill, Perth, PH2 7AS
We had planned to spend the evening with Jnanamati, one of the Amida Amitaryas. This may still be possible. However, as he is currently at Eleusis, in the centre of France, the proposed strike action, affecting transport, due to start this week, looks likely rule it out. If so, another time!
Details ** of where to find us are :: here
Note: Meetings are open to all. No experience necessary.
Come along and join us - and bring your friends!
All meetings include Pureland Buddhist practice, tea and biscuits, time to check in with each other. We'll plan meetings in the future to include guided meditation, art and music. From time to time other members of the Amida Order will visit us.
There's no cost for these meetings - we welcome donations for Amida projects in Delhi and the UK. Suggested amount between £2 and £5.
Amida Buddhism: Faith and Practice 5
Sila, Samadhi and Prajna
In Amidist Buddhism we do not see ethics, mind cultivation and wisdom as the path leading to enlightenment so much as the path leading from the awakening of faith.
If one has faith in the Pure Land then one naturally wants to serve all beings and so one’s behaviour is likely to be kind, compassionate, wise and friendly. Similarly, if one has faith, then one is not troubled by setbacks or confused personal agendas so the mind becomes clear and bright.
Amidist Buddhism does not present spiritual perfection as an emotionless or mindless condition. It is a condition in which the feelings of gratitude, awe, longing and reverence become powerful motivators giving a person energy, patience, single mindedness and clarity of purpose.
~ Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha
If you would like to visit
Eleusis, in France (Dharmavidya's rural hermitage)
you will find a list of events here
Bookings for events at Eleusis (La Ville au Roi) are being handled by Jnanamati
Stays are also possible at other times, joining in the life of the community - they will be very happy to see you.
(It's a wonderful place that I have visited many times over the last decade and a half)
. You can read the Information for Visitors here. Although this says to e-mail Dharmavidya, at this time it is better to e-mail Jnanamati.
**Directions to Amida Scotland meetings in Perth: From the Queens Bridge, travel south along the A85 Dundee Road, in the Dundee direction. Turn up Fairmount Road beside the Sunbank House Hotel. Continue to the right along Fairmount Terrace, going beyond the small crossroads beside Balnagraig School. Shortly after this you will come to a small cul-de-sac on the left hand side, where you will find Number 19 at the top of the cul-de-sac.
Here's a photo of the house so you'll recognise it!
We're near the bottom right of :: this map
The shrineroom is on the ground floor, overlooking the terraced garden at the back of the house.
You can find out more about
* Amida Scotland on our website ::here
* The Amida-shu (School) of Pureland Buddhism by visiting this :: website
* The on-line Amida community around the world :: here
* Dharmavidya's hermitage, Eleusis, in France :: here
and his daily news updates :: here
Amida Scotland has a :: FaceBook page