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Intro Course: Get To Know Your Mind with Buddhism & Meditation

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 16 Nov, 2017 - 20:18

Intro Course: Get To Know Your Mind with Buddhism & Meditation

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 16 Nov, 2017 - 20:18

Our next four-week introductory course will focus on meditation within a Buddhist framework. Dh. Suddhayu will teach two traditional meditations, mindfulness of breathing and cultivation of loving kindness, placing them in the context of the Buddha’s teaching. Together these practices and teachings hold the key to shifting our minds toward greater capacity to dwell in the present and a larger field of kindness towards ourselves and others. 

Register here to ensure a place. Please note, this class will take place at...

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New Sunday Series: Where Are We Going and How Can We Get There?

Posted by bhpruitt on Fri, 10 Nov, 2017 - 14:15

New Sunday Series: Where Are We Going and How Can We Get There?

Posted by bhpruitt on Fri, 10 Nov, 2017 - 14:15

In our upcoming Sunday gatherings, November 12 - December 17, following a period of meditation, we will explore the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path as a take on how to be a better human being in the world. Another name for this teaching, offered by Sangharakshita, is “Vision and Transformation.” This way of looking at it invites us to connect with the seed of inspiration or insight that has drawn us to the spiritual path. In that light, we take up...

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Money, Sex, God, Death and this week America!

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 2 Nov, 2017 - 15:38

Money, Sex, God, Death and this week America!

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 2 Nov, 2017 - 15:38

Join us this Sunday, 9:30AM-Noon at the historic PPMTV building on Marcy St. as we wrap up our five-part series of conversations about being Buddhist in the world today.  This week we look at our turbulent national context – America, with all its contradictions and challenges.  Following a period of mediation, Dh. Viriyalila will once again frame the conversation and pose some questions for us to explore.  

This is our regular community gathering and all are welcome.  Offered by donation...

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Religion Without God

Posted by Viriyalila on Sun, 29 Oct, 2017 - 16:11

Religion Without God

Posted by Viriyalila on Sun, 29 Oct, 2017 - 16:11

Here are the talks referenced in today’s session, Religion Without God
a series of talks by Candradasa.

A four-part series looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century person without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in. The Buddha faced some of the same dilemmas as us in India in 500 BCE, and we face some new challenges with 2500 years of changed culture and experience in...

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History of South Meeting House

Posted by Viriyalila on Sun, 29 Oct, 2017 - 15:40

History of South Meeting House

Posted by Viriyalila on Sun, 29 Oct, 2017 - 15:40

Someone asked today about the history of the South Meeting House where we are holding our Sangha meetings on Sundays. Here is a very good write up available on Seacoast NH Online:

“The South Meeting House is significant as a well-documented example of the procedures involved in an ordinary municipal building project of the mid-nineteenth century. Whether or not by intent, a large part of the local building community was involved in its construction, producing a building which was simple, yet...

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Money Makes The World Go Round

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 13 Oct, 2017 - 17:47

Money Makes The World Go Round

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 13 Oct, 2017 - 17:47

What role does money play in our sense of identity, our self-worth and our feelings of personal security? This week we’ll be looking at what the Buddha’s pragmatic, ethical perspective on human happiness has to offer us in a world where money - or the pursuit of it - matters perhaps more than ever. Join us in exploring questions spiritual and economic with our guest speaker Amalavajra, visiting from the UK.

A former broker in London with J.P. Morgan, Amalavajra’s own journey...

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Medicine for the Heart and Mind: A 4-week Course

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 12 Oct, 2017 - 15:32

Medicine for the Heart and Mind: A 4-week Course

Posted by bhpruitt on Thu, 12 Oct, 2017 - 15:32

Our next Introduction to Buddhism course will start soon: Medicine for the Heart and Mind - the Buddha’s Teaching as Something That Can Help. Note, this class will take place at a new location and time: Portsmouth Public Library, Hilton Garden Room, Thursday evenings, October 26-November 16, 7-8:30 PM. Register here to ensure a place. 

These are troubling times we live in. Join us in exploring how to develop a sense of kindness toward self and others and how to cultivate equanimity...

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Money, Sex, God, Death, America! A New Five-Part Series At PBC

Posted by candradasa on Wed, 4 Oct, 2017 - 22:44

Money, Sex, God, Death, America! A New Five-Part Series At PBC

Posted by candradasa on Wed, 4 Oct, 2017 - 22:44

Sunday October 8th through Sunday November 5th, 9.30am-12pm

Join us over the next 5 Sundays for a new series exploring what we turn to for deep satisfaction in America today. We’ll be meeting as an intentional community, meditating together, and looking with humor, humility and maybe even some grace at how the Buddha’s vision of reality relates to the big themes of this human life, so rich and so complex and, sometimes, so totally confusing!

Weeks 1 & 2 (Sex & Money) hosted by our friends...

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First Meditation And Dedication Of Our New Home!

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 29 Sep, 2017 - 22:10

First Meditation And Dedication Of Our New Home!

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 29 Sep, 2017 - 22:10

Sunday October 1st, 9.30am-12pm
Join us this Sunday for a first meditation and to dedicate our new space in the beautiful and historic Portsmouth Public Media building at 280 Marcy Street in Portsmouth’s South End. Our community gathering will take place at the new time of 9.30am-12pm, downstairs in Studio 1. We’d love to have you come and share your ideas for the future too!

Partnering With PPMTV, Portsmouth Media
After a beautiful summer in the park and...

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Mindfulness, Kindness & the Buddha - An Introduction

Posted by bhpruitt on Sun, 3 Sep, 2017 - 18:27

Mindfulness, Kindness & the Buddha - An Introduction

Posted by bhpruitt on Sun, 3 Sep, 2017 - 18:27

Please note the changes to our published schedule: this introduction to meditation is a 3-week course, Thursday evenings 7-9PM, beginning September 14. It will be held in the Ladies Parlor of South Church, 292 State St.

In this beginners’ course, led by Dh Suddhayu, we will explore two basic meditation practices passed down through the centuries within the Buddhist tradition. Participants will learn everything they need to begin a regular meditation practice. The adventure begins here! Registration is free. Register...

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