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Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Starting from this week (TODAY!!) our weekly evening meditation is changing to Tuesday evenings

6.30 - 7.30 pm

There will be a delicious cup of tea and cake / biscuits from 6 pm and this will be a regular fixture from now on.

So if you haven’t been along for awhile why not come along and say coo-ee and check in with yourself and others to experience some kindly spaciousness …………

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Don't try to make anything happen

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:28

Don't try to make anything happen

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:28

Dear Coogee Meditator


Most importantly:


NB: From April 10th Thursday nights will be changing to Tuesday nights for our regular weekly meditation

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Rest, Relax, right now, and rest.

Meditation advice from 10th century Indian master Tilopa

Also to let you all know that The...

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The Bunnings Meet-up

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 20 Mar, 2018 - 06:39

The Bunnings Meet-up

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 20 Mar, 2018 - 06:39

Twice lately I’ve randomly met up with a fella from our Coogee meditation group in the aisles of Randwick Bunnings. It’s not surprising as I practically live there …… always getting odds and sods for the properties I take responsibility for. 

But it’s somehow a bit weird because I’m meeting them in such a different context to the
quiet, friendly oasis where we meditate at the croquet club and it feels as though slightly different rules might apply....

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A Place of Refuge

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 23:31

A Place of Refuge

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 23:31

A spiritual practice can be an island, a place where opening to uncertainty and doubt can lead us to a refuge of truth.
—Joan Halifax, “The Lucky Dark”


Last night I rode to the Sydney Buddhist Centre on my motor-bike. My journey there was under clear, benign skies but as I exited the building at the end of Men’s study there was light drizzle. ‘This’ll be okay’ I thought, ‘Nothing much to worry about’. But it quickly turned to rain...

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It's so practical ....

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 6 Mar, 2018 - 01:42

It's so practical ....

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 6 Mar, 2018 - 01:42

Actions have consequences is a very concise way of encapsulating Buddhist teaching. Every thought, every action, every word that we participate in has an effect. It is karma (action) and it has a consequence …..

So when I sit down and deliberately choose to respond to myself and others with kindness I am setting up conditions for future happiness and well being; it’s very practical!

It’s a powerful and challenging idea don’t you think, to really take...

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How we respond ...

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 01:26

How we respond ...

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 01:26


You are constantly creating new karma, and that gives you a golden opportunity. With your reaction to each experience, you create the karma that will color your future.

—Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche, “The Power of the Third Moment”

Hope you can meditate with us this week


Thursday      7 - 8 pm
Sunday        8 - 9 am


Metta
Padmadakini and Dharmalata  

 

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Do you notice the bad bricks?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 30 Jan, 2018 - 00:45

Do you notice the bad bricks?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 30 Jan, 2018 - 00:45

Two offerings for you this week:

Saturday night (Feb 3) 7pm Coogee Croquet Clubrooms


Showing some of short films from Tricycle Magazine’s Buddhist Film Club


BYO   Vego food and drinks to share


and 


One of the fellas who comes along to our Monday Night Men’s Dharma Study at The Sydney Buddhist Centre shared this Ajahn Brahm clip with us and it brought tears to my eyes so I thought I’d share it:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiu7iHzYQhQ

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Meditation This Week

Posted by dharmalata on Thu, 25 Jan, 2018 - 03:41

Meditation This Week

Posted by dharmalata on Thu, 25 Jan, 2018 - 03:41

Apologies for the late email this week but I’ve been sorting out who might be able to lead our regular meditation sits while both Padmadakini and I are on (two different) retreats.


So ….. 


Tonight (Thursday) no meditation


Sunday  8- 9 am  (led by Jim who is a highly experienced teacher and practitioner of meditation)


And …..


Please put Saturday week into your diaries and join us at the Croquet Club for The Short Buddhist Film Festival 


7 pm and...

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Two Invitations

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Jan, 2018 - 05:48

Two Invitations

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Jan, 2018 - 05:48

Dear Coogee Meditators

On the Australia Day Long Weekend The Sydney Buddhist Centre is holding a retreat to which you are all invited. It’s a lovely opportunity to relax, invest come care into our retreat centre and also have a retreat experience of meditation and some reflection on The Buddha’s teachings. We are on the banks of The Georges River and the swimming is lovely - there’ll be time to relax and unwind.

Here’s a link if you’d like to book. Cost is $50...

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Meditation is .....

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 8 Jan, 2018 - 20:42

Meditation is .....

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 8 Jan, 2018 - 20:42

To Meditate is to stop, be present and acknowledge gently and fully what is going on. And then to turn the mind, supported by kindness towards the object you have chosen whether it be one’s breath, kindness or anything else.


By doing this we gradually create a mind imbued with those qualities: friendliness, spaciousness, calm, attentiveness …….


I hope you can join us for meditation this week:
Thursday   7 - 8 pm
Sunday     8 - 9 am
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