Ritual

Graduations, funerals, weddings, birthday parties… even in a largely secular society rituals abound.

Over the next few weeks we will look at how ritually using gesture, speech and imagination can be a powerful transformational tool.

Exhibitions

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.

What is Zen?

On the 4th November we will start a short theme looking at this intriguing strand within Buddhism.
Hitting with sticks! Tea drinking, work, koans, zazen, art as practice – what does it have to do with us?
Where does it come from? How has it influenced the practice of Buddhism in Triratna?
Newcomer to Buddhism, curious about meditation or long time practitioner come and find out…
7pm Monday – Room 12 – up the stairs and to the left at Fairkytes Arts Centre main building opposite the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.

Building the Pure-land

A stone cutters yard in Northern Shikoku where Buddhist statues and monuments are created.

Pure-lands appear in Mahayana Buddhist texts. They are ideal worlds created by compassionate beings where the conditions for being transformed by the Dharma are excellent.

In the class on Monday nights (starting on the 14th October) we will look at:

  • how they are created
  • famous examples in texts and art
  • how these myths can animate our individual and collective practice
  • how community can be seen as a pureland
  • ‘The New Society’ – how Buddhism can begin to transform the world

So come along and discover what Pure-lands are about. There will also be the usual features of the class such as meditation (and biscuits).

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Celebrating Padmasambhava

On Monday 7th October we are celebrating the life and teaching of the precious guru of Uddiyana. Come and enjoy an evening of story, ritual and readings.

His smile welcoming smile pacifies and gladdens, and his fierce eyes challenge us to transform. All (who dare) are welcome.

Meeting the Buddha

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.

Festive Season 2018/19

Hi all

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.

Metta

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu