For the rest of the month of March and into April, we are continuing the theme of ‘What is the Sangha?’ – looking at the value of collective practice, friendship and communication in our lives.
- First off, this Wednesday, March 7th, we have a practice night: a wonderful opportunity to spend an evening practicing sitting and walking meditation – this will be led by Karunadarshin.
- Wednesday 14th we will explore the theme of the pull of ‘the group’ and how that might affect our practice and discuss the qualities of ‘the true individual’! Led by Mokshini
- Wednesday 21st Nandavajra will introduce us to the ‘duties of friendship’ as written in the ‘Sigalovada Sutta‘ – a text from what is known as the Pali Canon, some of the earliest texts in the Buddhist tradition
- Wednesday 28th we will look at ‘the four levels of skilful speech’ wise guidance on what to consider in our communication with others – again with Nandavajra.
- April 4th will conclude this particular theme with a look at the topic of gratitude, or rather the Buddhist term katanutta, which has a rather different connotation
- Looking ahead we may well follow the theme of Sangha up with a period of study of the ‘Eight Mind Training Verses’ – a set of pithy and profound training principles from the Tibetan Lojong tradition
If you haven’t been before, or haven’t been for a while – please feel free to come along and enjoy the opportunity of practicing with others. If you have no or little experience with meditation, it will help if you get in touch beforehand so we can point you to some useful resources.