Building the Pure-land

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Buddhist Heroes

Looking at some websites for Buddhists activities you might get the impression that Buddhism is all lotus petals and glistening dew. Of course quiet reflection and the appreciation of beauty have their place in the Dharma-life but there is also much need for heroic qualities.  Over the next few weeks we will look at the […]

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 […]