NEWS AND TEACHINGS

On this page, Susthama Kim, Head of the Amida Order, will provide updates, reflections, and Pastoral Letters. 

To contact Susthama, email
susthamakim@gmail.com

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 23 November 2021

We have a couple of things to look forward to in December and January.
Check out our events page for information about the Bodhi Retreat 8 – 12 December.
Check out The Heart of a Buddha – a two year spiritual formation programme starting in January 2022.

 

PASTORAL  LETTERS  AND  TEACHINGS
Here we will post Susthama’s essays, pastoral letters and reflections, including her exploration of 
Dharmakara’s 48 Vows from the Longer Pure Land Sutra.

AMIDA’S 48 GREAT VOWS: Introduction, February 2021
In my statement of intent to the Order as part of the election process, I wrote that I would follow Amida’s 48 great vows to guide me. I would like to take some time to look at all the vows, where they come from and what they mean.
 These vows are found in the Larger Pure Land Sutra which was told by the Buddha on Vulture’s Peak. Continue Reading…

The-13th-Vow

The 12th Vow
The 11th Vow
The 10th Vow
The 9th Vow
The 8th Vow
The 7th Vow
The 6th Vow
The 5th Vow
The 4th Vow 
The 3rd Vow
The 2nd Vow
The 1st Vow

“OUR BOX OF MATCHES”
Climate change is a global phenomenon that is having a huge impact on the well-being of human beings no matter where they live. We in the west have had the resources to shield ourselves against terrible weather in the past, but as weather patterns become more severe, the less we are able to defend ourselves against the force of nature.  Continue reading… 

 

KARANIYA METTA SUTTA
(edited by Bhaktika and Sundari)

Lovingkindness, or metta meditation, is a
traditional Buddhist practice that helps us to move from a sense of dislocation and isolation into more of a connection with ourselves and, ultimately, with all beings everywhere. The literal translation of the word metta is “friendship.” So metta means being a friend to ourselves and a friend to all of life.  Its foundation is connection.Every action that anyone commits – even the most misguided and evil action – is an attempt to escape suffering. So we can wish that all beings, including ourselves, find the wisdom to see that true happiness is supported by love and awareness, and not by hatred and violence. 

May all beings be happy and secure.  

May all beings become happy in their heart of hearts!  

And think of every being without exception: the weak and the strong, from the smallest to the largest, whether you can see them or not, living nearby or far away, beings living now or yet to arise – may all beings become happy in their heart of hearts!  

May no one deceive or look down on anyone anywhere, for any reason.  Whether through feeling angry or through reacting to someone else, may no one want another to suffer.  

As strongly as a mother, perhaps risking her life, cherishes her child, develop an unlimited heart for all beings.  

Develop an unlimited heart of friendliness for the entire universe, sending metta above, below, and all around, beyond all narrowness, beyond all rivalry, beyond all hatred.  

Whether you are staying in one place or travelling, sitting down or in bed, in all your waking hours rest in this mindfulness, which is known as like living in heaven right here and now!