The first part of each Monday evening is normally given over to meditation and in the second half we usually explore some aspect of the Buddha’s teaching, the Dharma. Commencing in January 2017 our Dharma topic will be conditionality, the Buddha’s insight into how all things and in particular our experiences come into being and pass out of being dependent upon supporting conditions. This is known as Praticca Samutpada and in English is traditionally expressed as follows…
We’ll be using the book This Being, That Becomes by Dhivan Thomas Jones as a rough template for our exploration and should you wish to read around the subject yourself we can recommend this book as a resource. It is available in paperback and as an eBook.
Greetings all. we’ll be at Fairkytes on Monday December 19th as usual but then breaking until January 9th. Have a splendid festive season. If you need a fix of Dharma here is a splendid Dh Maitreyabandhu course for you. Lots of love, Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu
this is a reminder of Friday for those who were there and a glimpse of what happened if you couldn’t be there.
On Friday 21st October 2016 three individuals took the significant step of becoming ‘Mitras‘ – friends. During a puja, offerings of a candle, flower and incense were made by each person.
In becoming a Mitra, three declarations are made:
I feel that I am a Buddhist
I am ready and willing to practice the five precepts
I believe that the Triratana Community is the context in which I will continue to practice
If you want to know more about becoming a Mitra please ask the Order Members (Nandaketu or Saddhabhaya) – I’d suggest asking the Mitras too.
The evening had a great atmosphere – there was a sense of significance as well as relaxed sociable enjoyment. We were very pleased to host guests from the LBC and Eric’s family. Many people contributed to make the evening run smoothly. Fine homemade vegan cake from Becci and Alex also added to the celebratory mood.
If you haven’t had an opportunity yet, please congratulate Pat, Eric and Mandy on moving deeper into the mystery that is Sangha.
On October 3rd our visiting speaker Sheri Lim spoke about the ways in which we can help to conserve this truly wonderful yet fragile planet that we live on. As promised, Sheri has sent links to a collection of useful information and these are shared below…
“Hi Saddhabaya and Nandaketu, thanks again for inviting me to share my work and these important environmental issues with everyone – hope people have taken something away that motivates them to do some small action they can.
As mentioned, below are some links that people were interested in:
– The campaign CARE International (my organisation) and countries in the developing world are backing to limit the increase in global average temperature by 1.5oC to help us have a safer world (above this will likely see much more climate disruption – harsher droughts, bigger storms and higher levels of sea rise). http://www.1o5c.org/
Commencing this evening (Oct 3rd) we have three weeks of visiting speakers at Hornchurch. Tonight, long time Hornchurch attendee but now moved away, Sheri Lim will be talking about her work for the environment and how it reflects her Buddhist practice. On the 10th Sraddhagita will be talking about her working life in a Buddhist business and on the 17th Vidyasakhi will be coming to tell another wonderful tale from the life of Padmasambhava. See you soon, Saddhabhaya
Mornin’ all. We haven’t been posting much lately, somewhat beset by illness but rest assured our Monday evening gatherings continue as usual. On Monday February 15th we’ll be celebrating the Buddhist festival of Parinirvana with special guest Vajragupta, author of several books including Buddhism: Tools For Living Your Life. All welcome, hope to see you there. 7.15 pm start