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

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?

 

 

 

 

5 Things I’ve Appreciated Today

Hi Folks,

as promised (or some might think threatened) here is the results of my following Maitreyabandhu’s ‘five things I’ve appreciated today‘ in my J&TG notebook.

Surprisingly the highest number of things I wrote down were simple physical pleasures. This may be due to temperament, the habit of where I put my attention or the result of doing a lot of physical training recently. It included things like the exhilaration of feeling secure in a parallel bar shoulder stand or the relief as long term tension patterns in my body are released by deep stretching (Kit Laughlin’s methodology if you’re interested in this).

The next broad area was ideas and realisations. Insights, new ways of thinking or understandings gleaned from cultural appreciation.  I’m spending a lot of my time alone studying so it isn’t surprising. It did makes me realise how important decent mental stimulation is.

Despite not seeing many people at the moment, the next category is people. Not people doing anything in particular but just for being themselves and being around.  For example, Nigel’s company during the Parinirvana festival.

The next closely related category is seeing kindness.  This may be kindness directed towards me or witnessed to others. The internal feeling seems similar to that experienced when looking at natural beauty, such as seeing light flickering on waves; however, maybe because it is more active and human, I feel it more intensely.

As the weather warms up I’m spending more time wandering the marshes and woods around where I live.  I noted appreciating beautiful skies, gnarled trees and luxuriant foliage which often sets of reminders of more mythical aspects of life. It’s not just natural things though, human life especially seen from a distance, can look wonderful: such as the lights over the industrial area near where I live or the centre of London as I drive to the London Buddhist Centre on a Sunday night.

Another category I’d call mastery. It is just the satisfaction of doing something well. Cleaning the kitchen, getting all the shopping done or creating a new website.  I experience this with music too, improvising a little tune or knocking up a composition using music software.

Of course everything doesn’t fit into neat categories. I really enjoyed Nancy’s peanut cookies but is that physical sensation (they taste good), kindness (she generously baked them for us) or the excitement of an idea (you can make biscuits with my favourite food).

Your lists may be quite different. The balance will likely be different: according to habits, lifestyle and temperament. I may have missed, through mindfulness or lack of appreciation, whole areas of experience – please let me know if you feel this is the case. Mostly I hope it has stimulated you to keep trying (or start trying) this simple exercise.  If nothing else, you go to sleep with a better appreciation of life, and of course this outlook may well perfume your dreams!

Metta 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 

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