Sangharakshita

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

Introduction to Meditation Course Starts September 17th

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

NEED TO MEDITATE?

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.

 

 

 

More Heroes!

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.

Best wishes

Nandaketu

Skills Auction Raises Money for the Dhamma in India

Well Done!   We have raised £676 to aid the work of the of The India Dhamma Trust.  Dhammvijaya (our recent visitor)  has sent us a colourful card to express the thanks of the trust.

The skills auction has also lead to many social interactions, useful services and fun.   What shall we do for Buddhist Action Month next year?

 

 

 

 

LBC Festival Day May 27th, no Group on the Bank Holiday

We won’t be meeting at Hornchurch on Monday the 28th as it is a Bank Holiday but Sunday May 27th at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green is the LBC’s key festival celebrating the Buddha’s attainment of Enlightenment. Explore this attainment through talks, reflection, meditation and ritual. Enjoy all or just part of the day

Programme for the day:

10am Doors open – All welcome

Doors close at 10.15am for a silent morning of meditation, chanting and readings evoking the days and hours before the Buddha’s Enlightenment. The whole morning will be spent in the shrine room including the serving of tea and snacks, and listening to the LBC Choir. Doors will open again at 1pm for lunch at 1.15pm.

1.15pm Lunch is served

Doors close at 2.30 to continue the afternoon of practice. There will be meditation, readings, chanting, tea and rice pudding. Doors will open again at 4.30pm for the talk at 4.45pm.

4.45pm The Story of the Buddha’s Awakening – Talk by Ratnaprabha

6pm Supper in The Larder

7pm Puja with Mitra ceremonies

 

Buddhist Action Month June 2018 – Connecting For Change

BAM is the UK’s Buddhist Action Month – a festival of Buddhist social action held across Britain every June. Conceived by the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK (NBO) (www.nbo.org.uk), it keeps expanding.

BAM invites us to make more conscious the connections between our ethical commitment as Buddhists and the needs of other beings – human and otherwise, our society and our environment; and it offers us the opportunity to explicitly explore and discuss the ethical issues facing Buddhists in the 21st century.   Read a short history of Buddhist Action Month in the UK.

At the Hornchurch Buddhist group we will be engaging with BAM 2018 by holding a Skills and Service Auction during our meeting on Monday May 21st with the aim of raising money for the India Dhamma Trust.  The idea of the Skills and Service Auction is that as many people as possible within the group offer a skill or service for a couple of hours which is auctioned on May 21st to raise money.

The possibilities as to what could be offered are numerous and limited only by our imagination, they might include: guitar lessons. gardening, cooking a meal, drawing or painting a picture or offering completed works, photography, dog walking, goat grooming, well-being treatments, instruction of some sort – maybe physical or IT, ironing, planning and leading an interesting walk, leading a nature safari, decorating or DIY etc.

Dhammavijaya skillfully introduced the work of the India Dhamma Trust on Monday April 23rd but essentially…

“Thousands of people are freeing themselves from adversity, poverty and caste oppression through practising Buddhism which offers a radical vision for a new life – with purpose, dignity and confidence – and encourages compassion for those suffering from disadvantage and prejudice. You can help to give people in India the Buddhist ‘tools’ they need to meaningfully improve their lives.”

In India, where millions of people are condemned to the hell of un-touchability by the Hindu caste system, living lives of abject poverty and painful discrimination, conversion to Buddhism represents a real liberation, a chance to flourish as a human being. You can find out much more about the India Dhamma Trust at their web site.  (https://indiadhammatrust.org/)

So please do start thinking about what Skill or Service you might be able to offer, we’ll be mentioning this on all of the intervening Monday’s and offering the opportunity for discussion. If you wish to ask a question or pledge a skill or service then please email saddhabhaya@hornchurchbuddhistgroup.org.uk

Let’s grasp this opportunity to Connect for Change with each other and with fellow Buddhists in India who do not share freedoms and benefits that we are so fortunate to experience.

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