REGULAR EVENTS FOR 2023/2024
** Timings are all UK Time*
MONDAY: no meetings
12.30pm – 2.00pm
FRIENDS OF THE AMIDA BUDDHIST ORDER SANGHA MEETING.
This is a faith and fellowship gathering to get to know each other, share from the heart and learn from one another. We start with a gathering, read a text, or chant some Nembutsu, followed by a discussion.
4:30pm – 5:10pm
AMIDA SERVICE WITH VAJRAPALA.
Come and experience a typical Pure Land service.
Chanting, hymns, readings and a short silent sitting.
Meeting ID: 871 5560 5883; Passcode: 026236g.
2:30pm – 3:00pm [on the 2nd Thursday of each month]
DEDICATION SERVICE WITH SUSTHAMA.
This is a dedication service to help beings who are suffering. We chant and read spiritual texts in order to transfer merit to those experiencing dukkha.
Meeting ID: 831 5766 4454; Passcode: 016081
6:00pm – 7:00pm
SUTRA CONTEMPLATION GROUP WITH SAMPRINANA.
An opportunity to explore the Pure Land Sutras (and other key texts) using a practice called Dharma Contemplation. The aim is to respond to the text in an emotional and intuitive way (rather than in an academic or analytical way) in order to reveal something of their depth. This approach means it’s not necessary to attend every session, so please join us if this sounds of interest.
- The focus of the group from 5th October onwards will be The Larger Pure Land Sutra.
6:30pm – 7:10pm
AMITABHA SERVICE: A JOINT SERVICE SHARED WITH GLOBAL SANGHA
Come and experience a typical Pure Land service with Vajrapala (The Amida Buddhist Order) and Angela (Global Sangha). Chanting, hymns, readings and a short silent sitting.
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209; Passcode: 137836
10:00am – 12:00pm [The 2nd Saturday of each month]
A monthly service with Amida Birmingham, but all are welcome. Please email Sanghamitra for the Zoom meeting link & code at:
12:30pm – 14:00pm [The 4th Saturday of each month, except when it coincides with an Annual Event]
ANNUAL EVENTS for 2023/2024
23rd September 2023: 12:00pm -1:30pm
Ippen’s Memorial Day (shuki kaisan ki). Bhaktika and Samprinana will lead his event, with a service from the Nienfo Book and a Dharma talk about Ippen followed by a discussion.
ZOOM LINK FOR THE IPPEN SERVICE – Please Click HERE
7th-10th December 2023
Annual Bodhi Retreat. To celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment – details to be announced.
31st December 2023:
Year-End Service (Joya-e). Further details to be announced.
1st January 2024:
New Year Practice (shusho-e). Further details to be announced.
13th January 2024: 10:00-11:00
Shinran’s Memorial Day (goshoki ho’onko). Will form part of the Saturday Practice & Study session with Sanghamitra (please see regular events schedule).
27th January 2024: 12:30-14:00
Honen’s Memorial Day (gyoki-e). Further details to be announced.
10th February 2024: 10:00-12:00
Buddha’s Memorial Day/Parinirvana (nehan-e). Will form part of the Saturday Practice & Study session with Sanghamitra (please see regular events schedule).
23rd March 2024: 12:30-14:00
Shandao’s Memorial Day (zendoki). Further details to be announced.
6th-7th April 2024:
Annual Spring Retreat. To celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday (kanbutsu-e) also know as Buddha Day. Further details to be announced.
13th July 2024: [details to be announced]
Amida Buddhist Order Founding Day. An opportunity to celebrate our Sangha.
July 2024: [details to be announced]
Annual Summer Retreat
NB: Zoom links to be provided in the near future, where required
南 無 阿 弥 陀 仏
We had a very special and successful Summer Rereat – our first in-person retreat post-pandemic. we’ll share further information and pictures with everyone in september.
planning has already started for 2024!
The Nienfo Book:
This is the Amida Shu service book and it is widely used in Amida services and other meetings. You can find it at: http://www.amidashu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NienFoBook-2018.pdf,
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