Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Please, no more Conferences on peace for me - a little request

From time to time I receive invitations to attend conferences on world peace together with various representatives of other religions. I wish people or organizations should stop sending me such invitations.

Do not get me wrong - I do NOT wish war. I am NOT an enemy of peace. I love peace, but I am not that stupid as to believe that all religions really want peace or that all religions are the same. I also do not believe in the usefulness of such events.

Rather than attending conferences on peace where everybody smiles, a lot of money are spent and empty discussions are held, I rather prefer to focus my mind on my religious practice, helping those who think they can be helped by my Dharma activities. 

Respectfully yours in
Namo Amida Bu

PS: A lot of people engaged in a discussion on my page on this topic. You can see the comments here (click on the Facebook icon),

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Visit of two friends from Brasil at Amidaji temple

Fernando Campos, Josho and Thais Campos

These days at Amidaji I received the visit of Thais Campos and Fernando Campos (81 years old) from Brasil. We had a meaningful retreat filled with Nembutsu services and Dharma talks. As you know, Amidaji temple is always happy to receive visitors who are in a learning mood for hearing the Amida Dharma. Conditions for visitation are explained here (click here).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Invitation to become a patron (constant supporter) of Amidaji by little monthly donations

Dear friends in the Dharma,

As you well know, all my Dharma activities, my books, and articles are available for FREE to all who wish to learn about the orthodox Jodo Shinshu Buddhist teaching. Also, at Amidaji temple there are NO taxes or fees for accommodation, religious services or teaching activities. 
Yes, I do have the printed editions of my books on sale on Amidaji website, but I also provide, (according to my religious vow), free online editions for those who can't afford or simply don't want to buy.  Also, printed editions are sometimes given as gifts at various occasions and to people who cannot read online or in pdf, and also cannot afford to buy. 
I am glad to say that, for example, at every two printed copies sold per month, I have at least 50 copies downloaded for free. This is good news and a sign that what I teach and write is useful to many.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Beautiful religious gifts from Izumiya Company (Japan) for Amidaji temple

Various religious items were sent to Amidaji temple by Izumiya Company (Japan) through Rev Oku Kyokai of Zuikoji temple (Osaka): two candle holders (rosokutate), two flower vase (kebyo), one metal incense burner (kanagoro), golden fabric to put on the altar table, and other beautiful things that are too many to mention. In these photos you see how I upgraded the altar of Amidaji with the new items.
I am very grateful for this unexpected presents and sponsorship.
Thank you, Izumiya Company and Rev Oku Kyokai.
Namo Amida Bu 
Thank you! Namo Amida Bu 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shushin Ioana Marinescu - Amidaji representative at the 19th European Shin Buddhist Conference

Shushin and Rev Sasaki
from International Association
for Buddhist Culture
Between 20th – 24th August the 19th European Shin Buddhist Conference was held in Southampton, UK. Such Conferences are organized once in two years since 1986, in various places in Europe and are attended by representatives of all European sanghas. Guests from Japan, including the Shinmon-sama (next Patriarch of Hongwanji) or Zenmon-sama (the retired Patriarch) have always being present, too. I myself attended almost all these Conferences since 2002, gave lectures, held services there, etc.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Image with the Wheel of Samsara - gift for Amidaji temple

Wheek of life in the Hondo
Today a precious gift arrived at Amidaji, sent by a Tibetan Dharma friend from Canada – a Bhavachakra or Wheel of Samsaric Existence. The image contains the following elements:

The pig, rooster and snake in the small circle in the middle of the wheel represent the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and aversion.
The second layer represents karma.
The third layer represents the six realms of samsara: hells, pretas (hungry spirits), animals, humans, asuras (demi-gods), gods.
The fierce figure holding the wheel represents impermanence.

In the upper right we can see Shakyamuni Buddha pointing to the image in the upper left, where there is Amida Buddha and His Pure Land. The images of the Two Honored Ones are outside of the Wheel of Samsara, as they are free from the repeated births and deaths. Shakyamuni pointing the finger towards Amida means that escape from Samsara is possible through faith in Him and aspiration to be born in His Pure Land.

As this image will now be part of Amidaji temple, I will integrate it in the Jodo Shinshu context, and  also use it as a tool for teaching basic Buddhist doctrines.

Visitors and members will receive more in depth explanations of each fragment of the Wheel of Samsaric existence. The image was placed in the Hondo (Dharma Hall) of Amidaji.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Paul Roberts was born in the Pure Land

Paul Roberts
"At the end of your life you will enter the family of the Buddhas, that is, the Pure Land."
Shinran Shonin

Paul Roberts recently left his physical body and was reborn in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha. He was a true follower and teacher of Jodo Shinshu and a guide for many.
In our times of profound corruption of the Dharma he was a clear and uncompromising voice, standing up against wrong views, and defending the right teaching. 

Because we shared the same simple faith in Amida Buddha and the same cause of fighting modern divergences, we often collaborated. I sent many of my readers to his online group True Shin Buddhism, and he recommended me and my website to others. 

His determination and uncompromising style was an example for all, and I am sure that his students, Egen (Richard St Clair) and Camille, will continue his Dharma work, as they too share the same faith and the same courage like him.
Thank you Paul, for your service.

Namo Amida Bu

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Second visit of Shaku Shinkai from Brasil at Amidaji temple

Josho and Shinkai in the Hondo (Dharma Hall) of Amidaji
Shaku Shinkai (Thais Campos) from Brasil visited Amidaji for the second time and stayed for a three days retreat.

First time she came in August 2016. Since then she works at the translation of my books and articles into Portughese. The Portughese section of this website is maintained through her dedicated work.

As you already know, visitors are welcomed at Amidaji if they do not mind the simple conditions and sincerely wish to learn the orthodox Jodo Shinshu teaching promoted at our temple.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A visitor from Northern Ireland to Amidaji

Today, Mr Iain Lee from Northern Ireland visited Amidaji temple. We made a service (Nembutsu with Amidakyo), and discussed the essentials of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist teaching. We'll keep in touch and see each other soon.

As I clearly stated many times, Amidaji is an international temple, opened to anybody who wishes to learn the authentic (orthodox) Jodo Shinshu Dharma and receive shinjin  – simple faith in Amida Buddha. 

Last year we received visitors from Brasil and Japan. This year more people announced their visit. Amidaji is glad to receive anybody who comes with a sincere intention to listen to the Dharma.

Namo Amida Butsu

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT - help needed for winter season

Dear Dharma friends of Amidaji temple,

The winter is very hard here, especially that the wood for heating are almost finished at Amidaji and the expanses for living and heating are very high in this period. Any little donation would be welcomed and very much appreciated, especially now. It will help me go through the winter, continue my writing, translations and general Dharma work.

If you can afford to, please consider a donation to this link:

or check the DONATION box in the left column (PayPal and Bank account are offered).

Gratefully yours in Namo Amida Butsu,


PS: Attention - donations (or sponsorship) do not solve the "matter of the greatest importance" of death and rebirth. Only through simple faith in Amida we can be born in the Pure Land and attain Buddhahood. Thus, donation is NOT a religious obligation, but a free-will gesture of help.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Visit of IABC delegation from Japan to Amidaji temple

Visitors and members in the Hondo (Dharma Hall) of Amidaji
On August 28th a delegation of IABC from Japan visited Amidaji temple.
We had a wonderful time together. We recited Amidakyo (Smaller Amida Sutra) and Nembutsu, we had Dharma discussions and we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian food.
I also explained the orthodox attitude of Amidaji in all matters related with Dharma activities and I presented the plan for the next phase in the development of the temple.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Short Dharma meeting in Vienna and Notes on the 18th European Shin Buddhist Conference in Antwerp

 Dharma meetings before the Conference:

August 19th
I met with my Dharma friend Frank Kusmierz. I offered some books in the memory of late Myoshin Friedrich Fenzl, and we had a wonderful evening with discussions and cofee.

August 20
Frank and me
I met with my good friend from Holland, Frits Bot, who donated many good books for the library of Amidaji temple. These include, Rennyo-sama, His Life Through Pictorial Illustrations, Life of Eshinni by Yoshiko Ohtani, two books by Eiken Kobai Sensei, some biographies of Shinran and Honen, and a few good studies on the history of Jodo Shinshu.

18th European Shin Buddhist Conference in Antwerp
The following is not a detailed and objective report of the 18th European Shin Buddhist Conference, but only some significant events for myself and my mission.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A reader from Brasil at Amidaji temple

Shinkai and Josho in the Hondo
(Dharma Hall)
of Amidaji
As you can read here, at this link, I have declared Amidaji open for visitors. As most of my readers live outside of Romania, and because Amidaji is an international temple (including Romanians of course, but not limited to them), many expressed their wish to visit and stay for a few days in order to listen to the orthodox Jodo Shinshu teaching  presented here.

So, the first visitor arrived and she came all the way from Brasil! Usually, when I have a visitor, I dedicate myself exclusively to him or her. The visitor does not leave the temple for a few days, and is focused entirely on Dharma activities like teaching, recitation, but also work in the garden and courtyard of the temple. This is some kind of a small retreat, but also retreats of more than 3 days can be arranged for either one person or a group.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The printed edition for sale of The True Teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land

I am glad to give you the good news that the printed edition of my new book

You can order a copy at this link (first item in the list):

The price is 18 Euro or 20 US Dollars (shipment included)

Please also check the 2nd item in that list - ”Amidaji temple pack” - where you can buy all my four books at the reduced price of 47 euro (shipment included).

As you know, if you buy this or any of my books you support me and my Dharma activities, especially the construction of Amidaji Temple.

But if you can't afford it or you simply don't want to buy it, you can download it for free at this link:
”Support Amidaji temple” pack

Here is a fragment from the Preface, so that you can make an idea of what this book is all about:

”This book is a long term project which has begun a few years ago as a reaction to the appearance in the international sangha of some divergent views which threaten to destroy the chances of many people to listen to the genuine Amida Dharma. It is also a work in progress, and the reader can expect that I will come back again, sooner or later, with new editions and improvements.

Monday, October 19, 2015

A gift from Zuikoji Temple in Osaka

This scroll was given two days ago by Oku Kyokai Sensei of Zuikoji temple in Osaka. It is 2meters high! As we already have a statue and a Myogo (scroll with Namo AmidaButsu) at Amidaji we might use this for Tariki Dojo in Bucharest or when I open a new dojo in another town. I am not sure yet...
I also received two big Buddhist flags. One of them will surely be posted in the temple's courtyard.

As you can see, Amidaji has friends all over the world, including Japan. And some of them are also priests and have their own temples. My uncompromising way of teaching Amida Dharma has not isolated me, as some would have liked, but on the contrary, it opened up new possibilities. 

Friends who share the same faith will always come together, both in this life and in the Pure Land.

Namo Amida Butsu

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In memory of Myoshin Friendrich Fenzl

Myoshin Friedrich Fenzl
(Nov 4th 1932 - December 8th 2014)
I have just read about the death of my nembutsu friend - Myoshin Friedrich Fenzl from Salzburg. Many new European followers do not know him and perhaps never met him in person, as he was quite isolated in the last decade due to his advanced age and ilness.

He played a very important role in my religious life, as he was one of the first persons I came into contact with, many years ago, in my first days on the nembutsu path. I remember even now, the great surprise I had when I received his first letter, together with the best book a beginner like me needed to read at that moment – A Standard of Shinshu Faith by Ryosetsu Fujiwara. At his suggestion I immediately started to translate it into Romanian, and was soon published by IABC in the Shin Buddhist Romanian Translation Series, number 1 (2001).

The last photo I took
 with Myoshin, in 2008
Since then we’ve kept a constant correspondence by post mail, as he was never comfortable with internet. Recently, I was thinking to him a lot, feeling guilty and ashamed that I have not written to him for a long time. I think it was two or three days ago when I decided again to send him a letter together with my book, The 48 Vows of Amida Buddha. Then, today, when I  was surfing the internet I read the news of his death on the German website….. 
Too late to send any letter now, and a hard lesson for me to never again postpone expressing gratitude to those who helped me on the nembutsu Path. My only relief is that after being born in the Pure Land of Amida, he will be able to forgive me and watch over me as an Enlightened friend.

Namo Amida Butsu

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dharma meetings in Paris and Antwerp

Dharma meeting with Vincent
Due to some unexpected difficulties, I couldn't attend the 17th ESC in Southampton(UK),  but I did two more important Dharma activities.

The first was a wonderful Dharma meeting with my nembutsu friend, Vincent, in Paris, to whom I donated many books for free distribution among nembutsu followers and people interested in Amida Dharma in France. 

 The second was attending a meeting at Jikoji temple in Antwerp (Belgium) with Japanese representatives of Hongwanji. Here I presented a report of Dharma activities in Romania and informed them of the plan and progress in building Amida-ji temple

with Hongwanji representatives
 and Jikoji members
They were very excited about this project and firmly encouraged its continuation.
During the discussions held at Jikoji with Japanese representatives of Hongwanji I also introduced the Dharma activities of my nembutsu friend Petros Theodoridis from Greece, who is now engaged in translation work and is trying to establish a dojo in his town.

with Hongwanji representatives

The books donated in Paris were soon replaced by other copies donated to me for Amida-ji library ( older translations of the sacred texts by Ryukoku University and new ones by Numata Center) by another great friend - Frits Bot from Holland, who was so kind as to accommodate me and my girlfriend Shushin at his home in Bergen op Zoom, and took us to Jikoji in Antwerp. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I installed the altar of Amida-ji Temple

Dear friends in the Dharma,

I am glad to inform you that I have just installed the altar in the small Hondo (Dharma Hall) of Amida-ji.
As you can see in the pictures, it is a simple altar made from an old piece of furniture covered with cloth. On this,  it is placed a statue of Amida Buddha which was donated a few years ago by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation (CBBEF) from Taiwan. This statue was previously used at Tariki Dojo Craiova and now moved to the temple. It is not a Hongwanji style statue of Amida, but it is the only statue we received until now, and with so much generosity.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

We have a new Monshu

Retired Monshu Sokunyo left and the new Monshu Sennyo, right

I welcome with great joy and hope the appointment of our new Go Monshu-sama, Shaku Sennyo (Kojun Ohtani). May he act as a true "Guardian of the Gate", and watch over the spreading of Amida Dharma in the spirit of Tannisho:

"Let there be not the slightest distortion of the teaching of Other Power with words of an understanding based on personal views."

 Namo Amida Butsu

Friday, April 5, 2013

My book - The 48 Vows of Amida Buddha (free online edition)


Click on these links for free download:

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NEW! Audio version can be listened here! 

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