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 […]

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 […]

Japanese Pilgrimage

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  I’ve posted a version of the presentation about my trip to Japan.  If you want to see any of it again or missed it the first time round it is here on You Tube. May you be happy and well Nandaketu


Hello everyone, after Alex’s wonderfull talk on Vajrapani I undertook to post some more information on this remarkable figure.  I’m sorry it has taken so long.  I think the following articles are particularly useful. Wildmind article on Vajrapani Visible Mantra article on Vajrapani Nandaketu