Cahya Maitri Avalokita

Cahya Maitri Avalokita is a Pure Land Buddhist, and monk in the non-sectarian Sarvastivada Buddhist Order. Drawing inspiration from the rich traditions of various Pure Land, Zen, and Taoist sources, he aims through his writings and poetry to be an aperture of Amida Buddha’s infinite light, making the joy of life as a practitioner of the Nembutsu relevant in our age. British by birth, Cahya currently lives in Germany.

Writing

  • Amida Buddha: Beyond, Far Beyond - Amida Buddha’s reality transcends our concepts of what is ‘real.’ If we say Amida is one and the same as our inherent Buddha nature, this is true. But this is not to negate Amida’s reality. On the contrary, it rather makes him more real since it is our own sense of ‘self’ which is revealed […]
  • The Fabric of Reality is the Gnosis of Ancient Days - Quantum-level discoveries are revealing the warp and weft of this reality and it’s throwing our concrete assertions into the bin. It’s an old chestnut to say that science and religion are not really at odds; but fundamentally this is true. The more we discover at sub-atomic and quantum-levels, the more all things become possible. The […]
  • Immersed in the Name - Immerse me in Your Name, That this world with all its suffering Becomes an unreal thing to me; Envelop me in Your Light That all conditioned things as shadows Flit by me; Surround me with Compassion Until I am lifted up To Bliss and my heart sings — Sings Your praises, Amitabha, Closing the space […]
  • Grasped, Never to be Abandoned - Once we imagine our recitation of the Nembutsu to constitute some necessary, virtuous karmic act that we perform in order to be reborn in Bliss, we stray from the path of sincere trust in the power of the Vow. Any demand for a continual repetition shifts the burden of salvation back on to our own […]
  • Falling - Falling, Thrown by death, Sent tumbling headlong into life, I strike the water And come up gasping, Heaved by waves Once more onto shore; I raise my head And see the winding road Before me, paved With suffering, And I cry, As I have cried countless Times before; Hopeless my lot Since beginningless time, A […]
  • A Nembutsu Shrine of the Heart - Why do I say Nembutsu? What is my motivation? What do I hope to gain? How can I not? Gratitude. Absolutely nothing that Amida has not already granted. These are the answers to those questions. I say Namu Amida Butsu because this sacred Name bubbles within, just beneath the surface, like a spring that does […]
  • Heading Within to Bliss - When the sutras speak of Amida and his Land of Bliss lying countless worlds and Buddha-lands distant, it is as though they are seeking to reinforce the impossibility of the notion one might nurture of hoping to reach them by heading ‘out there.’The immeasurable locational gulf speaks of the unattainability of Bliss whatsoever while we […]
  • The Telephone Boxes in Our Heads - The world is an illusion, a bubble of insubstantial perceptions that bursts upon our realisation of them. We see, but our visual perceptions are based upon the light reflecting from an object, and upon the wavelengths that cause our brains to see ‘colours.’ Is a red telephone box still red if no one is looking […]
  • Past, Present, Future Dissolve in Nembutsu Light - The Nembutsu closes the distance and folds the time that ordinarily and conditionally appears to separate us from that point where Dharmakara made his great Vow, that past, present and future dissolve into the eternal Now. And at the focal point of this sacred everlasting Moment — Amida, wreathed in the incense of limitless life, […]
  • In Breaking from the Cycle, We Have Broken Our Minds - Birth, life, death, rebirth. The Samsaric cycle is ably reflected in the passing seasons. It is a cycle from which we have disconnected ourselves and to which we have become insulated by our modern world that cocoons us in shells of plastic, concrete and tarmac. Hence we no longer recognise that we are a part […]