We are starting the New Year by looking closely at meditation – ensuring we have a strong foundation in basic understanding and practice. We will also look beyond this to explore how we creatively apply meditation to the joys and difficulties of the world.
We are finishing the year on the 16th December (as the arts centre will be closed over the holiday period). There will be meditation as usual, but to celebrate seven years of the group (and just because we can) there will be a ‘cultural evening‘ with songs, poems and other contributions. So please come along, bring your ‘cultural contribution’ or simply be an appreciative audience for those who do.
We are back on the 6th January with meditation – ‘ The Basics and Beyond. ‘
I had a day out in London today. I visited the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain. Well worth a look if you like Blake or are intrigued about one of the most talked about artists within the Triratna community.
The other exhibition I saw was simply called ‘Buddhism’ and is the one that Mandy has been suggesting people visit. It is at the British Library very close to King’s Cross. There are some gems in this exhibition. Many of the exhibits relate to themes we have recently explored at the class. For example a Pure Land Sutra, a representation of Padmasambhava and lots of traditional illustrations of the Life of the Buddha. There’s also a great ‘Wheel of Life’ and a very large ‘bowl style’ bell that you are free to try.
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.