Mornin’ all. We haven’t been posting much lately, somewhat beset by illness but rest assured our Monday evening gatherings continue as usual. On Monday February 15th we’ll be celebrating the Buddhist festival of Parinirvana with special guest Vajragupta, author of several books including Buddhism: Tools For Living Your Life. All welcome, hope to see you there. 7.15 pm start
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.
We are starting to plan ahead now and here are some dates for you to save. Please also note that there will be NO CLASS ON MONDAY DEC 28TH otherwise it is business as unusual on Monday evenings
Saturday January 23rd 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at Fairkytes
Nandaketu will lead a day of meditation, reflection and puja centred upon the Heart Sutra
Suitable for those who know the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices
Bring vegetarian lunch to share.
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2016 at Kench Hill
Our 3rd weekend retreat, full details TBC but you can refer to posts below regarding our 2015 retreat to get the general idea
Commencing on Septernber 7th we’ll be looking at the life of the Buddha and his fundamental teachings. As always everyone is welcome. We’ll be having at least one, hopefully more, guest Order Members whilst Nandaketu is away on the Henro Trail. If you would like to read a good book about the Buddha I can recommend ‘Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One’ by Vishvapani at around £8.99 in paperback. Don’t forget our retreat in late November, full details in previous posts below, cheques payable to Hornchurch Buddhist Group welcome at this point.
It’s 14th – 23rd August. Conditions for attendance as before (details here) but you don’t have to come for the whole retreat, you can just turn up for a couple of days if you like. Do contact Aryacitta to let him know when and for how long you are coming. No fees, donations only – consider an appropriate ammount to give depending on how long you are coming for, as your money will help feed us all and pay for Steve’s gas, water and electricity. Steve is the very nice guy who owns the smallholding – we will be camping on his land for free, and using his caravan – all he asks is a contribution towards utilities, plus a little voluntary work on the smallholding would be nice.
For Aryacitta’s contact details email firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue with our Monday evening sessions throughout August except for the Bank Holiday, here are our plans for the coming weeks.
August 3rd Beauty
August 10th Beauty
August 17th Practice evening – meditation, puja, readings – the Mangala Sutta
August 24th Nandaketu will be telling us about his upcoming 600 mile trek in Japan – www.shikokuhenrotrail.com
August 31st Bank Holiday no group
September 7th onwards – meeting the Buddha, his life and teachings
November 27th – 29th our weekend retreat! Details in previous post below