Sunday the 16th September at the North London Buddhist Centre was multifaceted: * Celebrating Padmasambhava Day, * Holding four Mitra ceremonies (Afra, Charlie, Laura and Remi), * Rejoicing in the outgoing chair, Visuddhimati, * And inaugurating Ratnaprabha as the new chair.
Look out for the ceremonial Vajra (a brass thunderbolt symbolising transformation).
Ratnaprabha will kick off with a series of public lectures on Saturday mornings at 11:30, inspired by the Buddha’s teaching to the Fire Worshippers, “The World is...
This course over eight weeks on The Place of Imagination, Beauty, and Ritual in the Spiritual Life was provided by Padmavajri from the Brighton Buddhist Centre.
Padmavajri says: “I led two groups on this. The course was aimed at any Mitras and it turned out I had a group of experienced Mitras, and a group of newer Mitras (one or two years old)… The two groups here loved it, enjoyed it, were challenged by it, and also were helped to understand ritual and the arts...
There seem to be more and more funerals happening at Triratna Buddhist Centres. This trend, sadly, is likely to continue indefinitely. The London Buddhist Centre have produced a very useful Guide to Funerals at the LBC which can be downloaded here.
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