Changes for Triratna Exeter

As you will know, Mokshini recently left our team and moved to Berlin where she is happily settling . As a result we have been reviewing how we run our group and our activities in Exeter.

I am very pleased to be able to say that a number of us will be forming a more conscious team so that our Sangha becomes more a ‘shared enterprise’; I feel optimistic about this and believe it is a positive development that will mean our Sangha can prosper. As it stands our developing team include Alex, Sue, Sarah, Will, Paul, Stewert, Bernadette, Paul, Laila, Robin, Vidyadasi, Karunadarshin, Sukamala, Satyajit and Nandavajra.

As part of our review we decided that it is important that we continue with a weekly evening event (Sangha evening) as a focus for our Sangha, but that from the beginning of 2019 it will change to Thursday evening as this is a better fit for a number of us in the team. I hope that those of you who attend Sangha evenings will not be inconvenienced by this change.

Nandavajra

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Practice Nights in August

We are continuing our practice nights throughout August at the Exeter Natural Health Centre in the Phoenix Room, at 7pm  – next week is Dharma Day, one of the Buddhist Festivals that celebrates the teachings of the Buddha and other wise Buddhist teachers over the millennia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at stories and key texts in the Buddhist tradition, All welcome!

 

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Sangha Nights June & July 2018

As it’s Buddhist Action Month we are looking at the figure and myth of the bodhisattva, all those beings that are dedicated to achieving Enlightenment for the sake of all beings, not just for oneself alone. Bodhisattvas can be, and are, real human beings! However at the moment we are looking at archetypal bodhisattvas, and in particular a group of five well-known figures who form the Five Buddha Mandala.

Last Wednesday, we started with the Buddha of the East, Akshobhya; Wednesday 13th is dedicated to the exploration of, and practice of Amitabha, the red Buddha of the Western realm whose special quality is Love.  We look forward to seeing you there, newcomers very welcome, Wednesday 7pm in the Phoenix Room in the Exeter Natural Health Centre on the first floor.

 

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June is Buddhist Action Month!

June is Buddhist Action Month!
This is a pan-Buddhist event initiated by the Network of Buddhist Organisations which takes place at Buddhist Groups all over the UK and increasingly also internationally. Many Triratna Centres and Groups participate  so if you are inspired to take this opportunity to reflect on which areas of your life you may be able to reduce any harmful impact on planet & people  – or indeed what you may be able to do to help others – then this is your chance.
You can go to the Buddhist Action Month 2018 page on the buddhistcentre online to see some of what is going on, or have a look at these BAM Handbooks to help you come up with a plan what you can do during the month of June. It may change your life, or that of others, forever!

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Sangha Weekend Retreat at Hridayabija

A good dozen of us came together for a weekend retreat at the wonderfully lush and beautiful East Devon Forest Garden AKA Hridayabija, ‘seed of the heart’. The theme of the weekend was Under The Bodhi Tree: Dwelling In The Presence Of The Buddha, given that it took place just a few days after the full moon night of May, which is when many parts of the world celebrate Buddha Day – marking the Enlightenment, birth and death of the historical Buddha. We were joined by Sagaravjara and Kerry-Ann, our hosts at Hridayabija, who were wonderful hosts and their care and eye for beauty pervades their garden. Here are some photos, including of the covered lunch & meeting space which was completed just in time for our arrival! 

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