Retreat 2015 – November 27th-29th

It’s a couple of weeks since our very first group retreat and we have been busy booking for next year to ensure that we can get the venue, as you can see above the dates will be Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of November and the place will again be Kench Hill. The information sheet for 2015 has not yet been drafted but you can read the one for 2014 to get the general idea although please note that some of the details will be changing.

If a year is just too long to wait then there are plenty of other retreats on offer at goingonretreat.com. Do ask us if you would like advice on this subject.

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Hope to see you soon

Nandaketu and Saddhabhaya

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News September 2014

Monday classes, continuing as usual, see general details on our About the Classes page. All welcome, arrive in time for a 7.15 start.

Commencing Monday September 8th we’ll be leading a series (don’t worry if you can’t come to all the evenings in the series, come anyway) based upon Subhadramati’s recent book Not About Being Good, an excellent, down to earth, practical and very honest guide on what it means to lead a Buddhist life. It would be great (but not mandatory!)  if you could purchase the book (RRP £10.99) and begin to read it before then. Click on the image below for more details and a brief video interview with the author which communicates well the tone of the book. (don’t worry if you can’t come to all the evenings in the series, come anyway).

View or download the notes from Saddhabhaya’s introduction to the series here

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On Sunday September 14th Nigel will be joining the Triratna Mitra Sangha at a ceremony at the LBC commencing at 7 pm as part of the day long Padmasambhava Day Festival. This is an occasion for rejoicing and a decisive step on the Buddhist Path for Nigel. Here is a PDF document which explains briefly what it means to become a Mitra. The festival and evening ceremony are open to all, you can come for all or part of the day and evening, the programme  will be available soon. A wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of a festival day at the LBC with a little bit of our own Hornchurch magic thrown in for good measure!

And don’t forget our retreat! Friday to Saturday, October 31st to November 2nd, Hornchurch Buddhist Group Retreat, open to all who come to the group, full details to be found here. Bookings starting to be made

Hope to see you soon

Nandaketu and Saddhabaya

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What’s coming up …

Monday classes, continuing as usual, see general details on our About the Classes page. Through to the end of August (excluding Bank Holiday Monday) we’ll be continuing with stories and teachings from the Pali Canon. Stay tuned for news of our programme for September onwards.

Friday to Saturday, October 31st to November 2nd, Hornchurch Buddhist Group Retreat, open to all who come to the group, full details to be found here

Some asked about suggested books to buy and there is a short list in our Resources section, use the drop down menu or go here. There are also various other introductory documents to be found in Resources

Hope to see you soon

Nandaketu and Saddhabaya

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Full Moon meditation and puja evening June 13th

Many thanks to Devamitra for a most inspiring talk last night on the subject of Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels

This Friday (June 13th) we are at Fairkytes again from 7.15 – 9.30 for a full moon evening of meditation (both practices) and puja (Buddhist devotional ritual), hope you can make it.

On Monday the 16th we’ll be continuing to look at Going for Refuge

If you have any questions between classes do drop us an email…

Don’t forget that there is lots of useful stuff (especially for newcomers) over in the resources section of this web page

Love and light

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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Devamitra

Devamitra, a very experienced and long standing member of the Triratana Order will be visiting and teaching this Monday (9th June).  He has a love of the Dharma and an intimate knowledge of The Triratna Community in many parts of the world.

Come and meet the man who named Nandaketu.

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Best wishes

Nandaketu & Saddhabhaya

…and a bit more news…

Hi everyone

Hoping all are well

We’ll be having another Friday meditation > community > puja evening on the Full Moon evening of June 13th from 7.15 – 9.30. Open to all who are happy to meditate without instruction and to participate in Buddhist devotional ritual – puja

No class on Monday 26th May as Fairkytes is closed for the Bank Holiday, see you all on the 2nd of June.

Great little snippet at the link below from Triratna’s regular Radio 4 contributor Vishvapani who is also the author of a lovely book about the Buddha (lots of other great stuff on his site too!)

www.wiseattention.org/blog/2014/05/14/the-buddhas-significance-today

Love and light

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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General update…

Collecting a few bits of information together…

More information about our autumn retreat (Oct 31st – Nov 2nd) is now available - HBG Retreat Briefing.

Also note that there is a camping retreat in Essex in late May / June led by Aryacitta of the Southend Buddhist Group, here are the programme and details

Monday May 5th Bank Holiday – no group

Monday May 12th will be all the about the Metta Bhavana practice

Friday May 16th will be an additional evening of meditation and puja (see full post below)

Monday May 19th will be an opportunity to ask any questions about the autumn retreat and retreats in general (as well as meditation in the first half of course)

Monday May 26th Bank holiday – no group

Monday June 2nd – continuing as usual

Best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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An additional evening on Friday May 16th

There will be an additional evening on Friday May 16th from 7.15 to 9.30 in our usual room at Fairkytes. This will be an evening of meditation and puja (see below) with an extended break for conversation, tea and maybe even cake! The evening is suitable for those who know both the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices (which will be led but not taught) and are open to trying the experience of puja. Donation / Dana.

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Puja is devotional ritual, the purpose of which is to engage us more fully with the Buddha,, Dharma and Sangha. The action of Saluting the Shrine which we do at the start of each of our Monday classes is effectively a very short puja. Here is the text of a slightly longer puja which we have previously conducted at the group (there’s no need to learn anything though).

This evening will be our celebration of Buddha Day or Wesak, a worldwide festival celebrating the Enlightenment of the Buddha. The actual date this year seems to be May the 13th, coinciding with the Full Moon (the 14th). The London Buddhist Centre has a day long festival on Sunday May the 18th to which all are welcome as is the case with the Open Day on May the 11th, full details at lbc.org.uk

Best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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