In January and February we are continuing our theme of the Bodhisattva Path. We have looked at ‘what is a Bodhisattva?’, how a Bodhisattva lives, and the Bodhisattva-like qualities, the ‘paramitas’ - generosity, ethical behaviour, energy, patience, mindfulness and wisdom - that we can cultivate in our own lives. In January and February we will be looking at some of archetypal Bodhisattvas and the qualities they evoke. There will be evenings on Manjusri, Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Padmasambhava and Vajrasattva. These traditional figures can engage our imagination, our creativity, our emotional energy, and help us access transformative power beyond our own self-willed effort. In various ways, these figures embody compassion, wisdom and energy.
The evenings usually include meditation, teaching, discussion, and a tea break when we can build sangha friendships. Also on the programme are regular ‘meditation evenings’ when there is a focus on meditation and the opportunity to talk about our meditation practice. February 7th will be a Meditation evening followed by our AGM at 8.45pm. All regular attenders are welcome to join us at the AGM. February 14th we will be marking Parinirvana Day, when we remember the Buddha’s last days.
February 28th we are delighted that Tejananda will be leading an evening of meditation. Tejananda is a very experienced meditator and teacher and his teaching is always inspiring and helpful. In March we will be beginning a new series, Aspects of the Enlightened Mind.
All evenings begin at7pm unless stated otherwise.
JANUARY 3 Meditation Evening
JANUARY 10 Introduction to the archetypal Bodhisattvas - Manjusri - wisdom, cutting through delusion.
JANUARY 17 Avalokiteshvara - Compassion
JANUARY 24 Tara - stepping into the world to help
JANUARY 31 Padmasambhava - energy for the good
FEBRUARY 7 Meditation and AGM
FEBRUARY 14 Parinirvana Day
FEBRUARY 21 Vajrasattva - the great purifier
FEBRUARY 28 Evening with Tejananda
MARCH Aspects of the Enlightened Mind - the Mandala of the Five Buddhas