In April, we continue our theme of the Three-fold Way - Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom. We will be reflecting on meditation and mindfulness through a study of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
In May, we will be looking at Wisdom through evenings on the Three Lakshanas or characteristics of conditioned existence- impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and insubstantiality. These are characteristics we often wish to ignore or feel that they cause us pain - but they can the doorways to freedom, as we will be looking at again in July.
June is Buddhist Action Month, set up by the Network of Engaged Buddhists as a time for us to think especially of our impact in the wider world. This year our evenings will be based around Stories of Compassion in Action, and we invite you to consider how you put compassion into action in your lives, and to share those stories. Through sharing our stories, we can get inspired, get ideas, and perhaps see how we can act more effectively together.
June 23rd Saturday will be a Day Retreat at Anantamani’s house. The theme will be Beauty and Stillness - time to meditate, be quiet, and appreciate beauty - open to all. Please email if you are interested and want to know more (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In July we will be welcoming back our new Order Member (formerly Ros).
We are very happy to welcome Varabhadri back on May 3rd to lead an evening on the significance and value of Puja (Buddhist ritual), and to lead a puja in the inspiring way she does. Muditavati will be introducing the Bodhisattva Tara and leading a puja to her on June 28th. We are also delighted that Jyotidana will be joining us to lead an evening on May 17th.
There will be celebrations for Buddha Day (May 31st) and Dharma Day (July 26th)
Please note that there will be no meeting on July 5th as the room is not available. However this year we will be continuing to meet throughout August. Numbers are often low at this time, so there will be no teaching but an opportunity to meditate together.
All evenings begin at7pm unless stated otherwise.
April 5th Triratna Day and Dedication
April 12th The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mind
April 19th The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Objects of Mind
April 26th The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Bringing it all Together
May 3rd Meditation and Introduction to Puja (with Varabhadri)
May 10th The Threefold Way: Wisdom - The Three Lakshanas - Impermanence
May 17th Unsatisfactoriness - with Jyotidana
May 24th Insubstantiality
May 31st Buddha Day Celebration
June 7th Buddhist Action Month - Compassion in Action
June 14th Stories of Compassion in Action
June 21st Stories of Compassion in Action June 23rd SATURDAY - DAY RETREAT
June 28th Compassion stepping into the world - Introduction and Puja to Tara
July 5th NO MEETING - ROOM NOT AVAILABLE
July 12th Welcome to new Order Member
July 19th The Three Vimokshas - Doorways to Freedom
July 26th Dharma Day celebration
August 2nd Meditation
August 9th Meditation
August 16th Meditation
August 23rd Meditation and celebration of Sangharakshita (for his birthday)