Amida Sangha Events

As a result of the lockdown there are many meetings and study groups
happening on Zoom, and open to all from wherever you are.
2021 WEEKLY MEETINGS:  All events are Rome Time Zone unless noted.


2 – 3.30 pm (Rome time) until 19 July 2021 
VOW 22 study group with Susthama

Meeting ID: 894 9345 9394
Passcode: 496068


 2.30 – 4.00 pm (Rome time)  Nembutsu Service (will not be held on 27/04 and 25/05) with Reverend Susthama and/or Vajrapala or other Order members. Especially for those who have taken refuge or are thinking about taking refuge or want to go deeper into what it means for them to take refuge. After the Service there is some time to share and to ask questions etc…
Meeting ID: 859 5413 6440  -:-  Passcode: 670414

7 pm – 8.30 pm UK time, North Birmingham : Meditation and discussion of Pureland Buddhism with Karmadeva.
Please email Karmadeva at for joining details.

2.30 – 4 pm (Rome time)  Sangha-Meeting with Reverend Susthama and/or Vajrapala
This is a meeting of the friends of the Amida Benelux Sangha with stone-passing (sharing from the heart), Nembutsu, reading of an Amida core text, teachings of Rev. Susthama etc…
Meeting ID: 836 1659 9261  -:-  Passcode: 129104

3.30 – 4.15 pm Rome time ORDER SERVICE (closed group)
Members of the order will gather to chant and pray for the wellbeing of individuals who are in need of spiritual healing. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this practice then please send the name of the individual to and we will transfer merit to them. 

5 – 6 pm Rome time Amida study group with Reverend Susthama

We are going through the service book and learning about the different liturgical texts.
Meeting ID: 873 7287 8503
Passcode: 002212



 On Friday there are 2 Evening services :

 10 – 10.40 am (Rome time) Evening Service For the Far East –
with Vajrapala and Koteswara

Meeting ID: 884 5502 2063

Passcode: 171195


8.30 – 9.10 pm (Rome time) Evening Service For the West – 
with Vajrapala and Angela

Meeting ID: 811 9681 0533

Passcode: 407423



10 am – 12 pm UK time Second Saturday of each month Practice and study with Sanghamitra and Amida Birmingham
Please email Rev Sanghamitra at for the meeting link

5.30 pm (Paris time) Encuentro de la Sangha en Español with Reverend Ganendra

Siguientes encuentros:  10 de abril, 24 de abril, 8 y 22 de mayo.
ID de reunión: 811 3899 0223 -:-  Código de acceso: 265882



6 pm (Paris time) Todos los domingos – GanendraEn español. Grupo de introducción al Dharma por whatsapp.
A las 18h. se envían dos audios,  una  breve charla de Dharma  y una práctica, para escuchar y practicar
todos juntos, en la medida de lo posible. 
Para inscribirse, enviar un whatsapp a +34 620265962.


All are welcome. Use this link for all events, unless otherwise noted.
Meeting ID: 875 6086 8030
One tap mobile local number:

Saturday 17 April 2021 7.30PM (Rome) 
James Schmeiser 
Buddha had five major dreams that gave him insight and direction. In this workshop we will examine the importance of dreams in shaping the Buddha’s ministry and teachings. 
James Schmeiser is a  member of the Amida Mosaic in London Ontario and Professor Emeritus of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. His academic work focused on the significance of dreams in world religions, and in ritual and celebration. He continues to lead workshops and offer spiritual direction. As well, he delights in the expanding world of his children and grandchildren.

Saturday 24 April from 10 – 19.00: European Buddhist Union Conference
“Death and Dying from a Buddhist perspective”.
Several international speakers, including: Roshi Joan Halifax and Dario Doshin Girolami.

Saturday 15 May 2021  7.30 – 9 PM (Rome)
Susthama Kim Depression is often viewed as a deep dark hole with no end in sight. It can feel like going down into the depths of despair with nothing good to be gained from such a bleak experience. In this workshop we will be looking at depression as a stage in a process of growth that is often triggered by a loss or death of some kind. Growth and maturity, compassion and fellow feeling, and other wholesome states of mind can come from a buddhist understanding of depression.
Susthama Kim is the newly elected Head of the Order of Amida Buddha. She has been practicing as a Buddhist therapist for a decade and used to work in the field of mental health as a chaplain for many years. She is a member of ITZI and IBAP and supervises and tutors on the Buddhist Psychology distance learning programme.  

Saturday 12 June 2021 7.30pm (Rome)
Dharmavidya David Brazier

The idea of the mind evolved over the history of Buddhist psychology.  This is essentially because humans have gradually come to internalise more. Functions that we now think of as inside our minds were once thought of as existing outside of ourselves.  This trend toward internalisation began a long time ago and the Buddhist model of the mind developed significantly during the centuries after the time of the Buddha.  These developments have implications for psychology and also for spiritual practice. Recovering a sense of the original understanding of mind throws light on aspects of Buddhist teaching that are not otherwise apparent to the modern reader.

Dharmavidya David Brazier, Buddhist teacher, psychotherapist, founder of the Amida Order and Amida Shu Pureland sangha is the author of more than a dozen books and many other writings, an authority on Buddhist psychology and President of the International Zen Therapy Institute.