Coogee Buddhist Group

The Fish Basket

On Tue, 3 February, 2015 - 01:07
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There’s a story in the Buddhist tradition about a woman who carries her basket of fish to and from market. It’s a long journey and one day it takes longer for her to sell her fish.Due to it getting dark and the dangers of the road a friend in a nearby flower shop offers for her to spend the night on the floor of her shop. That way she can walk home safely the following day.

But she cannot sleep, the sweet smell of the flowers is overpowering and so finally, she puts her head into her fish basket and drops off into contented slumber.

We are like the fish seller; often we are offered the sweetness of a better way of living, the true and life giving words of the Dharma that resonate in the depths of our being and yet our old habits draw us back to what is known; what we feel comfortable with.

It’s our habits that both restrict and free us and meditation assists us move from our unhelpful ones and towards more positive ones.

Hope you can join us for meditation this week

Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm Mindfulness of Breating

Sunday 8 – 8.50 am Mindfulness of Breathing

Puja Tomorrow Night!!

This Wednesday night (tomorrow) we have our second full moon puja down on the Coogee Headland – meet at the sculpture at 7.30 pm and bring blanket / warm clothing if it’s cool – Padmadakini will lead

Much metta

Padmadakini and Dharmalata

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