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!
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
The Hornchurch Buddhist Group began in January 2013 and over the past four and half years has become a lively and friendly gathering of local people of all ages and varying backgrounds who together are deepening their understanding and practice of Buddhism and meditation.
Buddhism offers the vision of a life lived with awareness, compassion and creativity and the tools needed to transform our own lives so as to bring this vision into being.
Classes are held on Monday evenings in room 12 at The Fairkytes Arts Centre, starting promptly at 7.15 and finishing at 9.30. There is no need to book, just come along for the beginning of the class. Everyone is welcome to come to our classes; you do not need to think of yourself as a Buddhist to listen to the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) or to meditate.
Commencing on Monday September 4th and through the autumn the group will be undertaking an exploration of the fundamental Buddhist teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. This presents a particularly good opportunity for newcomers to come along and discover Buddhism.
The first part of each Monday evening is normally given over to meditation and in the second half we usually explore some aspect of the Buddha’s teaching, the Dharma. Commencing in January 2017 our Dharma topic will be conditionality, the Buddha’s insight into how all things and in particular our experiences come into being and pass out of being dependent upon supporting conditions. This is known as Praticca Samutpada and in English is traditionally expressed as follows…
We’ll be using the book This Being, That Becomes by Dhivan Thomas Jones as a rough template for our exploration and should you wish to read around the subject yourself we can recommend this book as a resource. It is available in paperback and as an eBook.
Greetings all. we’ll be at Fairkytes on Monday December 19th as usual but then breaking until January 9th. Have a splendid festive season. If you need a fix of Dharma here is a splendid Dh Maitreyabandhu course for you. Lots of love, Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu
this is a reminder of Friday for those who were there and a glimpse of what happened if you couldn’t be there.
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:
I feel that I am a Buddhist
I am ready and willing to practice the five precepts
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.
On October 3rd our visiting speaker Sheri Lim spoke about the ways in which we can help to conserve this truly wonderful yet fragile planet that we live on. As promised, Sheri has sent links to a collection of useful information and these are shared below…
“Hi Saddhabaya and Nandaketu, thanks again for inviting me to share my work and these important environmental issues with everyone – hope people have taken something away that motivates them to do some small action they can.
As mentioned, below are some links that people were interested in:
– The campaign CARE International (my organisation) and countries in the developing world are backing to limit the increase in global average temperature by 1.5oC to help us have a safer world (above this will likely see much more climate disruption – harsher droughts, bigger storms and higher levels of sea rise). http://www.1o5c.org/
Commencing this evening (Oct 3rd) we have three weeks of visiting speakers at Hornchurch. Tonight, long time Hornchurch attendee but now moved away, Sheri Lim will be talking about her work for the environment and how it reflects her Buddhist practice. On the 10th Sraddhagita will be talking about her working life in a Buddhist business and on the 17th Vidyasakhi will be coming to tell another wonderful tale from the life of Padmasambhava. See you soon, Saddhabhaya