The Brahma Viharas

Greetings Everyone, this Monday, May 13th, we are planning to look at a series of meditations known as the Brahma Viharas.  There will be a handout, so being better organised than usual, it is available as a PDF at the link below. Brahma Viharas Best wishes Nandaketu and David

Green Tara

oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā The mantra we are chanting at end of the class at the moment is that of Green Tara.  This intimate, approachable, enchanting aspect of the compassion of the enlightened mind is traditionally visualised as a beautiful sixteen year old woman.  She is the colour of verdant vegetation and has long flowing […]

Mantra on Monday

OM AMIDEVA HRIH This Monday we ended the class by chanting the Amitabha mantra. We chose this for several reasons: the previous week a discussion about chanting had arisen in the tea break; it is good to end the class with something meditative; it is the mantra Nandaketu was given at ordination and the simple tune […]

Why the breath?

As we breathe the sensations that are experienced can be used as the basis for concentration in meditation. It is not the only possible ‘object of concentration.’ There are other practices that use for example: metta, a mantra or a coloured disc. On Monday night we started talking about why the breath is a good […]