Karaniya Metta Sutta

Dear friends

Last night we looked at the Karaniya Metta Sutta and I mentioned to my discussion group the Access to Insight web site which is a wonderful source for Buddhist texts. Here is a link to the sutta at that site, there are also four other translations available there.

An excellent book to explore this sutta and the implications of metta further is ‘Living With Kindness’ by Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist movement of which Nandaketu and David are a part.

Very best wishes to all

David and Nandaketu

p.s. no class on the 26th as it is a Bank holiday and Fairkytes is closed

Going for Refuge

Dear friends

The London Buddhist Centre’s Monday night Dharma Class is currently in the midst of a series covering the distinctive emphases of the Triratna Buddhist Community of which Nandaketu (a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order) and David are a part. You will have heard us talking about “Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels” and may have wondered what this means. In the talk linked below, Jnanavaca, the chair of the London Buddhist Centre, explores the meaning of this expression. Free Buddhist Audio contains many talks on a wealth of topics.

Best wishes

David and Nandaketu

Distinctive Emphases of the Triratna Buddhist Community – Going for Refuge

(download or stream MP3)

The Noble Eightfold Path

Dear friends

In browsing around for some information that I could share regarding the topic we covered this week – Perfect Effort – I came across this from Triratna’s educational arm The Clearvision Trust, it’s aimed at A level students and is clear and concise. I hope you find it useful.

The Noble Eightfold Path

Best wishes

David and Nandaketu

Prefect Action and our upcoming festival day

Greetings all!

Some notes from last monday’s talk on Perfect Action have been added to the Resources section of the web site here. Next week (the 15th) we’ll be continuing our exploration of the Eightfold Noble Path with the topic of livelihood.

Don’t forget our festival gathering from 10.15 a.m. on Saturday July 20th. Please arrive only at the beginning or during the tea or lunch breaks so as not to disturb talks, meditation and so on. For full timings please see our previous post.

Best wishes

Nandaketu and David

Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu!

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Perfect Speech

The notes from last night’s talk on Perfect Speech have been added to the Resources section of the web site here

Best wishes

David and Nandaketu

p.s. please note also correction to festival day times in the post below and in the comments of relevant Facebook post

Celebrating the Buddha’s First Teaching – Sat July 20th

On the May full moon we held our first festival day to celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment. On Saturday July 20th, which is the closest convenient date to the July full moon, we’ll be holding our second traditional festival day celebrating the Buddha’s first teaching in the deer park at Sarnath near Varanasi / Benares – an event known as ‘The First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’. The artwork below celebrating this is from the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green

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We’ll be celebrating  with a gathering to meditate, listen to a talk, conduct a Buddhist devotional ritual (puja) and an opportunity to share a leisurely lunch and get to know each other better. This will take place in our usual room 12 at the Fairkytes Arts Centre with the following programme…

10.15 arrival and welcome
10.30 meditation
11.30 tea break
12.00 talk and puja
1.15 lunch*
3.30 finish (approx)

* please bring vegetarian food to share

See you soon!

Nandaketu and David

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The Four Noble Truths – The Noble Eightfold Path

At the moment we are a couple of weeks into this series and a few people were asking about books so here is a link to the book that was mentioned last night which would be an excellent companion to our current evenings. We’ll also be publishing some notes in due course. There are also some existing notes in our resources section

The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (previous editions entitled ‘Vision and Transformation’)

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If you haven’t been along recently, don’t worry, do come along and I sure that we can help you to catch up with where we are.

Hope to see you soon

Best wishes

David and Nandaketu

p.s. oh and this month’s mantra is that of Padmasambhava

oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajraguru padmasiddhi hūṃ

More information here and here 

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Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment – Sat May 25th

Many thanks to all who came along yesterday to help celebrate this most auspicious of events! It was so lovely to see so many regulars and some newcomers too.

As planned, the day included meditation, a wonderful talk by Nandaketu and the group’s first Puja – a Buddhist ritual of reverence to the Three Jewels – the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The text of  this can be found here. Following the Puja a sumptuous vegetarian lunch was shared with plenty of time for conversation and getting to know each other a little better.

Once again, thank you for coming, for taking part and making the day a success, and for all of that delicious food

Best wishes

David and Nandaketu

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