Parinirvana Festival Evening February 15th

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

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Buddhism : Tools For Living Your Life

Commencing on January 4th we’ll be doing a series of evenings based upon the book Buddhism : Tools For Living Your Life by Triratna author Vajragupta. This is widely available in printed and electronic formats and it would be useful to have your own copy to add to what we are able to cover on Monday evenings.
Monday Dec 21st will be a practice evening – meditation, reflection, puja, then we’ll take a brief break before recommencing on January 4th
Very best wishes
Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

Some 2016 dates for your diaries

Greetings all

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

Very best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

September 2015

Hi folks

Hoping everyone is well

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.

Hope to see you soon

Best wishes


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Next Southend Group Camping Retreat

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.

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What’s coming up Aug – Sep 2015

Hi everyone

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 –
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

Best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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Peaceful Vajrapani as featured in the Padmaloka shrine room, painted by Aloka, used with permission.
Wrathful Vajrapani

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


Hornchurch Buddhist Group Retreat 2015!

Hi folks

As previously advised our 2015 retreat will be from Friday November 27th to Sunday November 29th and will be held at Kench Hill in Kent. A briefing document is now available and it would be most helpful if we could start to get an idea of those intending to come, an email to would be grand or catch us on a Monday night.


Hope to see you soon

Best wishes

Saddhabhaya and Nandaketu

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Southend Group Weekend Retreat

Further to details of our own retreat in November, Peter Tomlins has passed on details of this weekend retreat which some folks may be interested in…

Southend Group are holding a camping retreat on Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June (turn up on Friday aftn/eve, leave on Sunday aftn).
Suggested donation £15.

Location: Steve Jones’ farm, near Sible Hedingham, North Essex.

Please call Aryacitta (07932 446800) to book a place.

For detailed address/directions, call Steve Jones (07713 521236).
For a lift, speak to Aryacitta, or Pete (01708 451243 / 07949 115664).

For a lift from Braintree or Halstead, contact Steve Jones.

Bring a tent, sleeping bag, washing gear (there is a shower on site), and warm clothing. Walking boots are a good idea (there are lots of footpaths and countryside to explore). Warm clothes and waterproofs just in case. Food will be provided, and there are cooking facilities.

It is a very relaxed informal retreat – there will be periods of meditation and study, but also plenty of free time, and opportunities to help out on Steve’s farm – tending the veg plot, feeding the chickens, or even beekeeping (Steve has a spare suit).

Looking further ahead, a longer retreat is planned for 14th – 23rd August. Again, it’s informal – you can just turn up for a day or two if you wish, but please do book your place before you come.