it was good to see many of you on Monday night. We are looking at a teaching called the Five Spiritual Faculties over the coming weeks. The key terms are on a handout 5 faculties.
There is a lot happening in September, here is a list of some of the key events associated with the Hornchurch Buddhist Group.
Saturday 7th September – in a private ceremony, in the context of an ordination training retreat, David will ritually have his commitment to The Three Jewels witnessed by Jnanvaca and receive a new name. It is also usual to be given a mantra at this point. It will be in the evening, so it would be great if around 8:30, you could bring David to mind and wish him well.
Sunday 8th September – there is a day retreat happening in Essex! See the previous post for details.
Monday 9th September – there will be a Monday night meeting at Fairkytes as usual, we will look further at the Five Spiritual Faculties.
Thursday 12th September – at Padmaloka, in the Norfolk village of Surlingham, the ex- David will have his Public Ordination. This will happen at 2pm. This is a public event, so if you want to see an ordination happen and have time for a trip, you are very welcome to attend (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me on Monday if you are interested). During this ritual the new name of ex-David will be revealed and he will receive a kesa (the white cloth that members of the Triratna Order wear around their neck). There is much more to say about ordination but I think it would be more appropriate to hear it from our new Order Member when he appears.
Sunday 15th September – At the London Buddhist Centre there will be a Padmasambhava Day Festival. In the evening puja Jen will be made a mitra (the first from the Hornchurch Buddhist Group). This is a significant step of commitment on her part so please wish her well, and if you able, come along to witness her ritually make this step. The ceremony itself will be quite simple but I experience them as having a certain beauty, joy and depth of significance. If you want to know more about what a mitra is then have a look at the document becoming-a-mitra and/or ask questions of those of us who are more expereinced.
Monday 16th September -At the arts centre in Hornchurch there will be a class as usual. I will be there with Priyavajra (the visitor who skilfully taught the metta bhavana on the 2nd September). Alternatively, you may want to go to the London Buddhist Centre for an evening of welcoming the ex-David back to London, you may even find others from the group to travel there with if you wish.
Monday 23rd September – a newly named man will return after a month away (in a sense a new man not seen before will arrive) so this will be an opportunity to welcome our new Order Member and to hear about his experience of ordination.
Monday 30th September – as far as I can foretell – a regular Monday night at Fairkytes, so please join us for more meditation and exploration of Buddhist life.
Nandaketu and (somebody who is no-longer quite David but isn’t yet … )