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If I think back through my own life there have been a few people who have been very influential in shaping who I’ve become. I am also aware that some people have been a fairly unhelpful influence whilst others have been enormously helpful.
The Buddha said that to be in the company of those who are wise and mature in virtue is critical for both our present and future welfare and to be in the company of the spiritually immature is painful.
Well ………. we have the opportunity to come along to the Coogee Croquet club this Friday night and spend time with Purna (means complete or whole). Purna is a public preceptor within the Buddhist community Padmadakini and I belong to. He has been ordained for many years, worked as a tertiary academic for most of his professional life and, in my experience, radiates goodness and truth.
He’s accepted my invitation to come and talk to us and has chosen to draw lessons from the story of Padmasambhava establishing Buddhism in Tibet. It’s a great tale and one that has immediate relevance to our own lives. Tibetans consider Padmasambhava to be ‘The Second Buddha’ such is the towering influence of his life in the land of snows …….
I hope you might join us this Friday night (Oct 19th - Croquet Clubrooms)
7.30 pm and bring some simple vego food (sweet or savoury) to share for a simple meal beforehand
Meditation as usual this week:
Tonight 6 - 7.30 pm
Sunday 8 - 9 am
Dharmalata and Padmadakini