On Monday the 2nd and 9th of September we will look at this important (and much talked about) aspect of practice. A good opportunity to clarify our understanding and a suitable entry point for those new to meditation or Buddhism.
Hmmm, seems that we haven’t been adding much to this site lately but we are still at Fairkytes every Monday excluding bank holidays.
This coming Monday May 20th will be a festival evening celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment on a May full moon evening all those many years ago
From June 3rd we will then be commencing a series entitled ‘Meeting the Buddha’ which will involve stories, discussion, meditation, mantras and more. We’ll be discovering what the episodes from the Buddha’s life can reveal to us of his teaching (Dhamma) and of course what those teachings mean for our very own lives.
Monday December 17th will be our last evening together until Monday January 7th. We’ll be closing out the year with an evening of meditation and puja. Hope to see you (don’t forget those food bank donations) but if not enjoy the midwinter period and all best wishes for 2019.
Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu
At the end of our recent weekend retreat, Natasha suggested that she take the surplus food that was suitable to a food bank and this is what happened. Natasha then followed this up with the suggestion that we have another collection and this will be happening at the group on Monday December 17th, our last evening for the year. So if you would like to contribute and can come on that evening please bring suitable non perishable items for the collection.
This is to let you know, with sadness, of the death of Urgyen Sangharakshita founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community (of which the Hornchurch Buddhist Group is a part). He died today, 30th October 2018, at approximately 10 am in Hereford Hospital. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis.
Please send him your metta. For those who wish to attend, there are events happening at Buddhist Centres (see websites for details). You may also wish to chant mantras for him. Shakyamuni, Green Tara, Manjushri, Amitabha and Padmasambhava are mantras he himself suggested to be chanted at this time.
For more information visit thebuddhistcentre.com.
Nandaketu & Saddhabhaya
Dayabhadra is leading a mantra and meditation morning at the London Buddhist Centre. I’ve always enjoyed these events. If you want something different that would complement what we do on a Monday night I’d highly recommend this.
From Monday September 17th we will be running an introduction to meditation course in our normal 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm slot at Fairkytes Arts Centre. Normal arrangements apply i.e. suggested donation £5 each evening, no need to book. Full details regarding our classes can be found here
Meditation can help us gain insight into our experience, shedding light upon our habitual actions of body, speech and mind; freeing us to experience life with greater clarity and kindness.
No previous experience necessary, suitable for those new to meditation and for current practitioners – one can always refresh and deepen one’s practice.
This Monday (16/07/2018), will feature the Japanese Buddhist hero Kukai.
To get yourself in the mood, you might want to take a look at the record of my pilgrimage to South West Japan:
Talking of Buddhist heroes, our very own Saddhabhaya will be rejoining us soon. He will introduce us to Ananda a very important figure in the history and literature of Buddhism.
The skills auction has also lead to many social interactions, useful services and fun. What shall we do for Buddhist Action Month next year?
Looking at some websites for Buddhists activities you might get the impression that Buddhism is all lotus petals and glistening dew. Of course quiet reflection and the appreciation of beauty have their place in the Dharma-life but there is also much need for heroic qualities. Over the next few weeks we will look at the lives of some Buddhists: modern, historical and legendary.
What can we learn from them? What makes a life well lived? How can we live fully?