What’s On

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!

 

SANGHA WALK on Sunday 29 July

SANGHA WALK on Sunday 29 July, meet at 11am at a car park in South Brent.

(For directions, see details below).
It will be Dharma Day just two days before, on the full moon day of July which this year falls on Friday 27th, so this walk will be a rather lovely way to mark this auspicious event.

Paul (MacFadden) who lives in the area has come up with what sounds a delightful walk in the South Brent area which takes in the edge of Dartmoor, some woodlands and a nice off -road route that follows the River Avon valley.  It’s about 6 miles, some uphill (and downhill!) and varying views – gorgeous views on a lovely day.

There’s a free car park in South Brent, and Paul has very helpfully sent in a plan showing how to drive there, see the photo below. It’s at Old Station Yard and the Grid Reference is SX 69835 60257.  If that’s full, there is various other parking around, and Paul can direct people as required.

Paul is also happy to do a run over to Totnes station if people plan to arrive by train  – there is a train from Exeter St David’s leaving at 10.05  that gets intoTotnes at 10.42. Paul can pick up (I guess up to 3) people up from the train station; so if you’d like to take him up on his offer please phone Paul on 07971 104 517 or email on paul_mcfadden@hotmail.co.uk.

Please bring a vegan or veggie picnic to share, and if perhaps some cutlery or what else may be needed – I will bring some paper plates with me for us to use!
Please bring plenty of water, good footwear, and rain gear (even though it seems right at this moment it may never rain again in Devon – you never know, the dry spell may end on this very day!I look forward to seeing some of you there, 

Mokshini

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.

 

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!

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!