Welcome to 2017!

Hello everyone

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.

Best wishes Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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The turning of the year…

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

An Ever Widening Circle The Sangha Grows

Greetings,

this is a reminder of Friday for those who were there and a glimpse of what happened if you couldn’t be there.

Mitras Friends

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:

  1. I feel that I am a Buddhist
  2. I am ready and willing to practice the five precepts
  3. 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.

Nandaketu and Saddhabhaya 

Follow up information from Sheri’s presentation on the environment

Hi all

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/

– Carbon footprint calculators, which people can use to identify what are the measures in their lives that can make the biggest difference in reducing their environmental impact: https://clear-offset.com/offset-my-carbon-footprint.php  or https://clear-offset.com/offset-my-carbon-footprint.php

– Some starting information for those interested in understanding how you can ‘offset’ your personal carbon footprint by things such as tree planting: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/sep/16/carbon-offset-projects-carbon-emissions  and  http://www.explainthatstuff.com/carbon-offsets.html

– Then some organisations that do carbon offsetting (that I am confident in the quality of their offset projects):  http://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffsetprojects.html  and https://climatecare.org/50-ideas-for-shrinking-your-carbon-footprint/

– And if people are interested, the website to my organisation http://www.careinternational.org.uk/ and the specific work we do globally to help the most poor deal with the impacts of climate change: http://careclimatechange.org/

Great to see you, and all the best for the rest of the ‘looking outwards’ series and the retreat!”

Best wishes Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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Visiting speakers in October

Morning all and what lovely one it is too!

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

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Our 2016 Weekend Retreat

The 2016 Hornchurch Buddhist Group retreat takes place on Friday November 25th to Sunday November 27th, for full details please refer to the briefing document

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See you soon, best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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4th Precept

Hi All,

last week we focused on contentment and the precept of abstaining from sexual misconduct.  This week it is the 4th precept.

I undertake to practise the training principle of abstaining from untruthful speech.

With truthful communication, I purify my body.

My notes can be found here: 4th Precept.

Please be aware that March 28th is a Bank Holiday so there is no class at at Fairkytes.

May you thrive

Nandaketu