Meeting the Buddha

Hmmm, seems that we haven’t been adding much to this site lately but we are still at Fairkytes every Monday excluding bank holidays.

This coming Monday May 20th will be a festival evening celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment on a May full moon evening all those many years ago

From June 3rd we will then be commencing a series entitled ‘Meeting the Buddha’ which will involve stories, discussion, meditation, mantras and more. We’ll be discovering what the episodes from the Buddha’s life can reveal to us of his teaching (Dhamma) and of course what those teachings mean for our very own lives.

Festive Season 2018/19

Hi all

Monday December 17th will be our last evening together until Monday January 7th. We’ll be closing out the year with an evening of meditation and puja. Hope to see you (don’t forget those food bank donations) but if not enjoy the midwinter period and all best wishes for 2019.

Metta

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

Food Bank Collection Dec 17th

At the end of our recent weekend retreat, Natasha suggested that she take the surplus food that was suitable to a food bank and this is what happened. Natasha then followed this up with the suggestion that we have another collection and this will be happening at the group on Monday December 17th, our last evening for the year. So if you would like to contribute and can come on that evening please bring suitable non perishable items for the collection. 

Metta

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.

 

 

 

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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2018 – The Journey & The Guide

Happy New Year!

We are beginning a new theme at the Hornchurch Buddhist Group based around the book The Journey and the Guide: A Practical Course in Enlightenment by Maitreyabandhu (available at the London Buddhist Centre and various on-line book sellers).

Some of you will have read the book before (and some of you know the author).

If you haven’t read the book, we encourage you to get a copy. It is written in an engaging and contemporary style. It gives a coherent overview of Buddhist practice within the Triratna Community and lots of practical guidance and examples. We’ll be commencing with Chapter 1 on January 15th and moving on from there, pausing for a practice evening after each pair of Chapters.

As you know, we teach and encourage people to practice the mindfulness of breathing and the metta bhavana (see the resources section of this web site). During the next few months we also invite you to:

• Keep a journal of how your practice is going
• Pause 3 times a day to do a Breathing Space mindfulness practice
• Take a mindful walk once a day

This may sound like a lot but the beauty of these practices is that they can be slipped into a busy daily schedule and will even free up time!

Come and enjoy the journey!

Best Wishes

Nandaketu and Saddhabhaya

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2018 – we are five years old!

At the time of writing it’s almost 2018, our Monday evenings will restart on January 8th following our short winter break. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and experience what we do. You should find all you need to know at this page but if you have any questions then don’t hesitate to drop us an email.

May everyone have a healthy, happy and peaceful new year

very best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu