Pureland Buddhism in the Malvern Hills. Pureland Buddhism is a tradition which traces its roots back to the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, who lived 2500 years ago in ancient India. Our mission is to introduce people to the teachings of the Buddha.
We’re a few days into 2019 now, and while I’m still officially off work – or not seeing clients, at least – I wanted to let you know about January events in the temple. These include the first of our new monthly talks next weekend. This time Satya is talking about Connecting with Joy.
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Sat 12th 10.30am til 11.30am Connecting with Joy: Dharma talk by Satya. Suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners, with time for discussion, questions and nembutsu. A good place to start if you are new to the temple. Facebook event here.
Sat 12th 5pm til 6pm Online Nembutsu Circle – a Pureland Buddhist reading followed by an opportunity to share, and some nembutsu chanting at the end. Use Skype to join – search on Skype for Amida Shu or email@example.com, or message Satya with any questions.
Sat 19th 9am til 10am Buddhist service for First Timers. Our usual Saturday morning service, tweaked to make it easier to follow for those who’ve never been before and those who haven’t been for a while. Facebook event here.
Sat 19th 10.30am til 11.30am Taking Care of the Temple. A chance to offer something back to the temple and the community with some cleaning, gardening, or whatever the temple needs. We’ll find you a job you feel comfortable with. A good way to connect with the community.
Tues 22nd 7.30pm til 8pm Online Nembutsu Practice – a chance to hear a Dharma talk and practise alongside your host. Held via Facebook Live at the Amida Mandala group page.
Sat 26th 10.30am – 12 midday Malvern Temple Community Choir. Our lovely drop-in Buddhist choir, singing rounds and Indian-influenced music, open to all abilities. Led by choirmaster Andrew Cheffings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the site.And of course, our weekly schedule continues as normal, and although we do hold special first-timers or beginners events sometimes. You are welcome to come along to anything, first time or not.
There’s a lot for the temple to be grateful for this year.
People have joined us here at the temple for practice, soaking our shrine room in nembutsu. Our Temple Task Force have volunteered for crucial jobs around the house and garden. Sangha members have offered talks to schools and residential homes, run study groups, led mindful walks on the hills, run a choir, run a Sunday school and helped out in a myriad of ways. We’ve sponsored a toilet in Africa and paid for various expensive building repairs.
This makes the Buddha very happy.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed – whether you send us good thoughts or tackle the compost or contribute financially or wash the mugs up after service. It all goes into the pot.
We’re looking forward to a year of gentle growth next year – maybe you’ll be one of the newcomers or old friends soaking up light from our shrine room. We hope so.
Sanzen are twenty minute one-to-one meetings with Satya and/or Kaspa for a ‘spiritual check-in’ – you can ask a question, talk about your practice at home, ask for spiritual direction with a specific situation, or just see what emerges.
Email email@example.com to book one of the free slots below, or if you can’t make these times we can find another time.
On the day either ring the bell or if you’re already inside go directly to Satya or Kaspa’s office. Satya’s office is at the bottom of the whole building (go down two flights of steps and into our hallway and the office is straight ahead). Kaspa’s is on the lower ground floor (one flight of steps down) at the far end of the building on the left hand side.