What we have just done and what we are about to do. March 2015

Hi everyone

We have come to the end of our ramble through the Five Spiritual Faculties, having spent the last few weeks looking at mindfulness. If you missed the talk on Monday March 23rd you can access the notes in PDF form at this link Introduction to the Buddha’s teaching regarding the mind – Honeyball Sutta. If you would like to read about the Five Spiritual Faculties then this link will take you to a very detail account by Edward Conze.

Monday March 30th will be a practice evening, expect meditation, readings, reflection and puja. this type of evening may well become a slightly more regular occurrence.

Monday April 6th Fairkytes will be closed so no class then

Monday April 13th we will commence a new series looking the the Bodhisattva Ideal

Plans are starting to come together for our Autumn Weekend Retreat which this year takes place on November 27th-29th, all HBG folk welcome. If you would like a first hand account of the 2014 event then I am sure that HBG regulars Jean, Sherri, Claire, Peter, Nigel or Alex will be happy oblige. More details about this can be found below in previous posts.

Very best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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A short update late January 2015

Hi everyone

We have been a bit quiet on the internet front of late, however we have had some splendid Monday evenings at Fairkytes so far this year. At the moment we are part way through a series revisiting the Five Spiritual Faculties, the key terms are on a handout here and there is a great in depth article to be found at the Access to Insight website. So far we have looked at Sraddha – faith / confidence and Prajna – wisdom. On Monday the 2nd of February we’ll be moving on to Virya – ‘the endeavour to do what is skilful’ (Shantideva).

Also don’t forget to put those dates for our 2015 weekend retreat in your diary or calendar, 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.

Hope to see you soon

Nandaketu and Saddhabhaya

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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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