PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER -DECEMBER 2019 In September we are continuing our series, The Mandala of the Five Buddhas: Aspects of the Enlightened Mind.
The archetypal figures of the Five Buddhas embody different aspects of enlightenment, and through image and metaphor help us to engage our whole beings, our imagination, our emotions, in our spiritual practice. Vessantara writes in the preface to his book ‘Meeting the Buddhas’ Here is ... richness and symbol, even magic, married to the clear reason of the Buddha, and devoted to the highest goal that a human being is capable of attaining... I hope you will be encouraged to explore the world of Buddhist symbolism and ‘meet’ embodiments of Enlightenment . By doing so, you will begin to contact the potential for love, compassion and wisdom which Buddhism sees, waiting to be discovered , in all human beings.’ We will be focussing on Amitabha, the red buddha, the embodiment of Compassion and meditation, and Amoghasiddhi, the green figure who embodies fearlessness. Alongside this, we will continue to have regular meditation evenings when there is a focus on meditation and an opportunity to talk our our meditation practice. We are delighted that Tejananda will be leading an evening of meditation on October 31st. Tejananda is very experienced meditator and teacher and his evenings are always inspiring and helpful. All evenings in December will be Meditation Evenings, giving the opportunity for all, newcomers and experienced meditators to focus on developing their meditation practice and keeping their inspiration alive.
We will be celebrating the return of our new Order Member, ex-Sion, on October 17th. And we will continue to celebrate Buddhist festivals. Evenings usually include meditation, teaching, discussion and a teabreak when we can build sangha friendships.
All evenings begin at7pm unless stated otherwise. AUGUST 29 Meditation Evening
SEPTEMBER 5 Continuing the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: Aspects of the Enlightened Mind: The Wisdom of Equality
SEPTEMBER 12 Amitabha - limitless Light and Compassion
SEPTEMBER 19 Amitabha’s Qualities
SEPTEMBER 26 MEDITATION EVENING
OCTOBER 3 Amitabha’s Realm
OCTOBER 10 Amitabha’s Wisdom
OCTOBER 17 Welcome to our new Order Member
OCTOBER 24 The Mandala of Awakening
OCTOBER 31 MEDITATION with TEJANANDA NOVEMBER 7 Amoghasiddhi - Unobstructed Success NOVEMBER 14 Amoghasiddhi’s Wisdom NOVEMBER 21 SANGHA DAY NOVEMBER 28 Facing Our Fears - Amoghasiddhi Puja DECEMBER 5 MEDITATION EVENINGS ALL MONTH DECEMBER 26 NO MEETING