“Lightness is Healthiness” Transforming ‘Reality’ with Duldzin’s Help

new shrine for the Dorje Shugden
5 Lineages

 now in situ and lookin’ good!

“Lightness is Healthiness” Max by Duldzin’s new shrine

Is it really possible to be happy?

“It is my deep conviction, personal knowledge and experience that real happiness is possible; it is born out of a deep and continuous commitment to one’s own personal growth and spiritual path.
Find your path of healing and transformation and create the life of your dreams. You can do it. “
Weinberg, A Lightness of Being

Dorje Shugden is our Dharma Protector

Duldzin’s an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.
He protects our spiritual path by averting outer and inner obstacles to our practice, and  promoting necessary conditions for our spiritual development.

“Although physically they may find themselves alone, inwardly those who put their trust in him will never be apart from a powerful ally and a wise and compassionate guide.”
Heart Jewel, Geshe Kelsang

Dorje’s sat on his Snow Lion, who symbolises fearlessness. For me that means the strength and determination necessary for really engaging in the spiritual path, which is protection in itself. Relying on Dorje Shugdän helps us develop that fearlessness.

Being a Buddha, Dorje manifests people and situations according to our needs and wishes. He can do this, because his spiritual power arises from compassion, which is supremely powerful.

Also, our ‘reality’ is “merely a dance of fleeting appearances projected by our minds” Luna Kadampa Reality is no more real or substantial than last night’s dream. Of course it appears to be real ~ but then while you’re in them, so do dreams.

This makes transformation, co-creation and generally improving our lives very do-able. The only thing that’s really weighing us down are our self imposed obstacles and limiting beliefs. And their nature is illusory, making them as easy to overcome as waking up from a nightmare.
Especially with Duldzin’s help 🙂

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Photo by Jas, at Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Einstein via Genius in the Making

 

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August and September at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol UK

Autumn Highlights at ABC

Just back from Saturday scripture class (Foundation Programme),
and doing the flowers on the shrine for tomorrow’s ‘The True Nature of Things‘ course.

I should be kicking back and watching some crap TV.
But I don’t have a TV, and I didn’t sleep much last night ~ so I’m wired!
You know ~
 that kind of hyper-active kids get, when what they actually really need to be doing is going to bed;
but staying up is just so much more f u n .
(I’d be cranky if disturbed as well)
LoL

Thing is, I’m fired-up with positive energy, and inspired to let the world know what our little Buddhist Centre is up to this next couple of months.

:~( All apologies to my South American followers – you don’t get Assange – unless we can smuggle him out to safety. And this is probably a bit far to come.
Not that you’d want to. It’s raining heavily, windy and cold.)

But anyway…

For More Details see …
Amitabha’s events pages


Local News ~Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Autumn / Winter 2012 


Wishfulfilling Jewel shot by Jas
Celebrations card by Dave TJ

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Updates – Amitabha Bristol and the NKT Summer Festival 2012

The NKT Summer Festival

‘ The Path of Wisdom and Compassion’, Cumbria, is now on in its 2nd week.

Here’s what folk attending are saying about it:
NKT Summer Festival Video – inspiring things.
See the daily 
video diaries here.

Dorje’s mongoose on the loose

Most folk I know are going for the tantra teachings in the 2nd week, taught by Gen Dekyong.
See here for the schedule.
(* nb. they prefer 24hrs notice of your arrival)

Amitabha’s Classes & Courses

ABC is on summer holiday.
We haven’t been idle though.

Our Dorje Shugdën’s Five Lineages have got a new shrine cabinet (from Tara Centre) Perfect time to spruce everything up 🙂

☀ 

Karma Shugden’s light of wisdom shines on.

 

 

We’ll be back next month:

August Timetable highlights at Amitabha Bristol

3rd-5th – Statue Painting course with K.Lamchen
13th-19th – Lamrim Retreat
26th 10.30am-5.00pm – the True Nature of Things with Gen Chönden

Regular classes resume Monday 20th August

 

The World Peace Cafe in Bristol

The cafe now closed for our annual summer break. It will open again on Wednesday 1st August

The Wonderful World Peace Cafe  – This blog by Bishopston mum gives a great write up from a mum’s point of view.

See the ABC Website for further details
Images – Cute in a Cup, Fossil Stilton at ABC, and Jas.


Epic Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet Revision

Disclaimer:

Epic‘ here used to mean something the author is personally quite emotionally involved with, but is only vaguely interesting to everyone else (according to current use of the word). It could equally be ‘awesome‘, which has been similarly downgraded in meaning.
Oh, the tragedy of  the commonplace dumbing down of  language.
:’-(Seriously. The only logical explanation for the  success of ’50 Shades of Grey’ must be the author’s good karma. Congrats to her, but it’s not like it’s going to win any literary prizes)

 Apologies also for re-posting a similar leaflet, but you can’t spend this much time on something and not post it on your blog.
Especially since the last time I had to do something like this I was having an emotional crisis / crisis of faith. So it consequently wasn’t designed intuitively, but in-between fits of sobbing into a tin mug of riocha (not the best way to do anything. On any level.)

So this feels like a redemption of sorts for that time of my life ~ about the same time 2 years ago.
I’m a fitter, better person now (and yes, I did listen to Radiohead then).

I can’t tell yous how amazingly good it feels to be able to do something for others and then share it with still others!
So thank you a trillion times over if you’re part of this 🙂

Epic final revision of the Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet

 

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Text by Dave TJ, design by Jas)
For more on this see the website at  Amitabha Centre, Bristol, UK
 


Amitabha Buddhist Centre ~ 20 years of Public Service

How our

Buddhist centre keeps an attitude of servitude to our local community


ABC ~We’re here for you

“Our intention in teaching Dharma is not just to spread Buddhism. We are trying to help the people of this world by giving them special methods to solve their daily problems and to achieve the permanent happiness of liberation. In itself, the flourishing of Buddhadharma is not important unless it benefits others. This is the main purpose of Buddhism.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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(Text by Dave tJ, design by Jas. Leaflet design currently being drafted, but I didn’t want to neglect these sites any longer ;~)

Local News: Powa for Kelsang Trinlay

Powa for Kelsang Trinlay at Amitabha Centre,
Mon 18th, 5pm.

Trinlay died in hospital 13th Jun.  He was a long-time Kadampa who lived at Amitabha for a while. I knew him from our centre at Leigh Woods.
He was dedicated to the study and practice of Dharma, which shone from him like a light. OK yeah, he could be annoying at times – but who can’t?! He was a sincere and very kind practitioner.

If you can’t make the powa
(prayers to send the deceased to the pure land)

Just sit peacefully and offer up some prayers for him from where you are. It’s the mind of compassion that counts here ~ location is merely imputed.

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nb. best to call the centre on 0117 9745160 or mail info@meditationinbristol.org to check details of the powa first.

BRB! (hopefully)

I can’t access my dashboard, and there’s posts a’waiting in there I wanna share…
like this one ~ small Amitabha statue in our café’s garden.

BRB! (hopefully :~)

All phenomena depend upon the mind.

I’m still  frazzled from Saturday morning’s study class and then the fayre. My Mac has reflected this by being unreasonably slow and not working properly. It’s still not happy despite a de-frag etc.

But it’s OK…

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